Psalms 130:3, “If thou, LORD, shouldest mark iniquities, O Lord, who shall stand?”
In nearly every church that we attend today, we hear the Devil's poisonous lie that in order to get to Heaven, you must repent “of your sins,” which is nowhere taught in the inspired King James Bible.
In nearly every church today, and the apostate Bible colleges that mistrain today's theologically perverse pastors, you will hear the Devil's lie that to be saved you must turn away from your sins to be saved.
Yet, there is no such teaching found in the inspired King James Bible. I intentionally mention the King James Bible, because many of the Devil's modern Bible versions corrupt the Scripture, adding words that God did not add (Proverbs 30:5-6). Please don't use any Bible other than the inspired King James Bible. It will require that you study to understand it, but you will be getting THE TRUTH.
The obvious truth is that NO ONE has ever turned away from a lifestyle of sinning. Even the best of Christians still sin many times a day. In fact, we sin every second of the day. We are in a continual state of being a sinner! You are woefully in error if you think that you appear righteous in God's eyes when you are not engaged in doing something sinful. We were born in sin! Psalms 51:5, “Behold, I was shapen in iniquity; and in sin did my mother conceive me.”
NO ONE has ever turned from their sins. James 2:10, “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” It is a Satanic idea that anyone could ever please God by forsaking a sinful lifestyle as a requirement to receive His free gift of eternal life. The only requirement of God for a human being to be saved is to realize that you are a guilty sinner in need of a Savior. Thus realizing your need you put your trust in Jesus Christ to be born-again. Philippians 3:9, “And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith:”
Fools like pastors' Marty Herron, Chuck Phelps, Steve Pettit, Gary Walton and John MacArthur, are sending people to Hell with their demonic false plan of salvation. You cannot get to Heaven by partial faith in Christ PLUS keeping the law. As we just clearly read in Philippians 3:9, we are NOT saved by our own righteousness, WHICH IS OF THE LAW. Those deadly preachers today who falsely teach that you must “turn away from your sinful ways” to receive God's free gift of eternal life, are LIARS!!!
To the carnal man who is not a child of God, it seems reasonable that to get to Heaven you must first give up your desire to wilfully commit sin, and forsake a life of sinning. That does seem reasonable from a human point of view. What saith the Scripture? Proverbs 3:5, “Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.” These foolish neo-evangelical pastors today in the shameful Bob Jones University camp, Southern Baptist Convention, Faith Bible College And Theological Seminary and umpteen more corrupt organizations, are leaning upon their own understanding, not trusting the Lord.
The FACT of the matter is that nowhere does the Bible teach you must try to stop sinning to be saved. The very idea is offensive to the precious blood that Jesus shed on the cross to pay for our sins! JESUS PAID IT ALL!!! Listen dear friend, God's gift of salvation is NOT a reward or exchange of some sort, where you are required to give something in return to Christ for His payment for your sins. Jesus shed His blood and died on the cross to purchase our redemption, because you and I were guilty sinners under the curse of the Old Testament law. Galatians 3:10, “For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.”
We were all cursed from birth because of our sinful nature. When you get saved, by faith alone in Jesus Christ, then you are no longer under the curse of the law, you are now and forever under God's saving grace. Romans 5:20, “Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound:” A believer cannot fall from grace. As God's children, we can only fall IN GRACE, but never FROM GRACE! Only the unsaved person has fallen from God's saving grace (Galatians 5:4), which is what has happened to Marty Herron, Steve Pettit and Gary Walton—they have all fallen from God's grace, unable to go to Heaven as long as they think that a person must keep the law (i.e., turn from your sins) to be saved.
Dear reader, if you are truly born-again, then THE ONLY righteousness that you have is the imputed righteousness of God. The very second that you and I trusted Christ, our sins were imputed to Christ, and His righteousness was imputed (credited) to us by faith alone. What saith the Scripture? Romans 4:4-5, “Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt. But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.” We are saved by faith alone. The reality of the genuineness of your faith is YOUR FAITH!!!
Please don't listen to these neo-evangelical fools today, like Dr. Steve Pettit (president of Bob Jones University since 2014) who says that the genuineness of the reality of your faith is perseverance to live the Christian life. Steve Pettit is a false prophet and an unsaved infidel!!! The reality of the genuineness of your faith is YOUR FAITH!!! Anyone preacher who teaches that we won't know if someone's faith is real until we determine if their life has changed is preaching another gospel (2nd Corinthians 11:3-4).
On the beautiful Day of Pentecost, the Bible says that 3,000 people were immediately saved and added to the church. They simply heard the Apostle Peter preach the Gospel and they that gladly received it were instantly and forever born-again, by faith alone (Acts 2:41). Dear friend, the only kind of life that God gives is ETERNAL LIFE, not PROBATIONARY LIFE and not TEMPORARY LIFE. Either you are saved forever or you have never been saved at all, there is nothing else. ONCE SAVED, ALWAY SAVED!!! You don't need to live a changed life to prove that you are saved. Living a changed life proves that you love Jesus (John 15:14), but it doesn't prove that you have trusted Him to save you.
When a man and woman get married, it is a legal matter, just like getting saved is a legal matter of justification. Now, the husband and wife ought to behave themselves, to be responsible. They should be faithful to one another. They should help and be good to each other, which proves that they love one another. But if they DON'T do all these things, and they are mean, abusive and horrible toward each other, or cheat on each other in adultery, does that prove that they were never married? No, of course it doesn't mean that. They are still married because it was legally settled the day they choose each other, just like you choose Jesus on the day you got saved. That is why married couples have to go to a court of law to get a divorce, because it is a LEGAL MATTER.
So if you go out and live in gross immorality, and do not faithfully run the race for Christ, and you waste your life in riotous living and wickedness, YOU ARE STILL SAVED (because it was legally settled the very moment that God justified you by faith in His only begotten Son).
So please don't make the same damnable error friend. Salvation is solely of the Lord.
Salvation is not a reward for the righteous; it is a gift for the guilty!
Salvation is not doing your best, it is having Christ's best put to your account through receiving Him by faith.
Turning away from sinful ways would be a work. Faith puts all of the merit where it belongs, on the object of our faith, Jesus and His work.
If to “repent” means to forsake our sinful ways TO BE SAVED, but Jesus already paid for our sins by dying on the cross, then what are we repenting from?
The true Gospel always points you to CHRIST; a false gospel always points to YOU.
We must stay true to the simplicity of the gospel!! Repentance regarding salvation is a change of mind from unbelief to belief!!! We must earnestly contend for the faith (Jude 1:3).