Why Pastors Must Preach Repentance

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The rise of hypergrace: 5-Reasons why Pastors must preach repentance and faith together

Repentance is both a gift and command that comes with faith. Jesus spoke about repentance as a requirement for salvation. In Martin Luther’s Thesis, his introduction was the call of Jesus to a “lifetime of repentance” (Matt. 4:17).

Acts 17:30
In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”

1. The call of Jesus to a “lifetime of repentance

False teachers talk about God as the key to better health, career, happiness, and awesome finances. They portray God as a therapeutic deity. While God may provide all these, Jesus did not come for that. Instead, He tells us otherwise.

Matthew 10:34; 36
Do not think that I came to bring peace on the earth; I did not come to bring peace, but a sword… (36) And the one who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me.

John 16:33
These things I have spoken to you so that in Me you may have peace. In the world, you have tribulation, but take courage; I have overcome the world.

2. Those who claim to be Christians continue to be lost, without repentance

In the past, people went to church to hear the truth & weep over sin. Today, many hear a motivational speaker and continue to live in sin.

False preachers like Joel Osteen, Carl Lentz, or Steven Furtick ignore Jesus’ call for repentance because it’s “not church friendly.” Churches like Hillsong replaced the light of Christ with duplicitous dark worship halls that are all about feelings and emotions.

Luke 5:32
I have not come to call the righteous to repentance, but sinners.

Revelation 3:19
Those whom I love, I rebuke and discipline; therefore be zealous and repent.

Acts 17:30
In the past, God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.”

Luke 13:3
No, I tell you, but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”

3. Without repentance, we have shallow believers

What shapes character is a mindset; character becomes who we are. Thus, the evidence of a true believer is a “changed life.” It starts with believing and repentance that go together.

Liberal Christians ignore the call for repentance. Woke churches preach everything is permissible with God. They embrace “hypegrace” and the “gospel of cheap grace.”

Unfortunately, the true meaning of repentance (metanoia), is being replaced by hypergrace.

4. Salvation is FREE but not cheap

Attaining salvation has been reduced to a simple prayer—it’s only the beginning of working out salvation (Philippians 2:12), which is not to say repentance is work; it is not. Our salvation cost Jesus His life. Preach faith that comes with repentance!

Hebrews 6:1
Therefore, leaving the elementary teaching about the Christ, let us press on to maturity, not laying again a foundation of repentance from dead works and of faith toward God…”

Preach faith that comes with repentance

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“The time is now, the kingdom of God is available to you, but you need to repent and you need to believe,” Mike Winger.

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