By: Robert Serreyn
Question? What’s wrong with using the word Repent when giving the gospel?
The BIG PROBLEM with using the word REPENT when giving the gospel imprints into the mind of the reader / listener the WRONG and CONFUSED false message that they “MUST” do something (adding works) such as “Turn from or be Sorry for” sin in order to be saved.
In Luke 23:43 Jesus DID NOT tell the believing thief that he had to do “This, That, and the Other Thing” BEFORE he would go to paradise, No Jesus said…
Luke 23:42-43 And he said unto Jesus, Lord, remember me when thou comest into thy kingdom. (43) And Jesus said unto him, Verily I say unto thee, To day shalt thou be with me in paradise.
The Gospel is the SINGLE MOST IMPORTANT DOCTRINE in all of the Bible, for it carries the ETERNAL DETERMINATION if a person goes to heaven or hell.
A False Gospel Message = Hell.
Be sorry, confess, or turn from sin.
Sincerely do your best.
Do good, or religious deeds.
Be water baptized as a infant or adult.
Be confirmed in a church.
Trust Christ as Saviour & serve him.
Coming Foward in a Church.
The Right Gospel Message = Heaven.
Acts 16:30-31 Sirs, what must I do to be saved? (31) And they said, Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
God concludes in Isaiah 64:6 that OUR VERY BEST (righteousness) is FILTHY RAGS (unrighteous) in his sight, for it took his Perfect, Sinless, Precious blood to pay for our sins and NOTHING ELSE will God accept as payment EXCEPT our Belief and Trust alone in his Shed blood on the cross for our sins.
Isaiah 64:6 But we are all as an unclean thing (unrighteous), and all our righteousnesses (very best) are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH