Exposing the False Gospel of 'Repentance'
This is an attempt to point out the flawed logic, fallacies and semantics (word games) used by the Sophists and proponents of this heretical doctrine of devils.
What should be obvious and most alarming of all, is the similarities to the Catholic doctrine of Penitence that preceded the Reformation, and is still an integral part of Catholic doctrine today.
A cursory study of both Luther and Calvin is very revealing in this regard, and it should be of interest to any 'Protestant' to note the beliefs and motivations of these pioneers of the Reformation; it is said that the apple never falls far from the tree and it is no less the case in this instance - remember Luther famously said "I never left the Catholic Church, she left me".
Despite all the rhetoric about 'Sola Scriptura' and 'Sola Fidei', Luther's main beef with the Church was over the sale of indulgences, all his 95 thesis were points against this corrupt custom. In regards his other beliefs, he was obviously an unsaved heretic, who still believed in absolution, confession and the 'regenerative' power of Baptism among many other false and damnable heresies.
Can an evil tree bring forth good fruit?
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Repentance, also called penitence, *(penitence is a Roman Catholic Doctrine affirmed by Council of Trent),
is the 'God-granted' * (i.e not dependent on mans freewill - Calvinism Points 1+2)
attitude of having sorrow *(penitance) for personal sin AND the turning away from it towards a new life.
* (While most words have more than one meaning or context, incorporating a feeling and an action into one definition is poor form, which should be construed as the fallacy of equivocation. To escape from this obvious sophism, the ploy is later made to redefine this as 'True', 'Biblical' or 'Genuine' repentance, that can only be gleaned by a 'proper' (Phariseic) understanding of the whole bible. This only compounds the sophistry by committing a further error in reasoning. You will notice many instances of this trick in the text below)
Characteristics of 'true' repentance.
* (For reference, compare the following two bible versions -
King James Version (KJV)
10 And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way; and God repented of the evil, that he had said that he would do unto them; and he did it not.
New International Version (NIV)
10 When God saw what they did and how they turned from their evil ways, he relented and did not bring on them the destruction he had threatened.
* Notice how God 'repented' in the KJV, and the NIV deliberately promotes the ambiguous and false doctrine of repentance, and removes the obvious implication that "turning from your evil way" is 'works'. )
'Biblical' repentance consists of two mental assertions and understandings, which if genuine, always manifest themselves in two outward ways. These mental assertions also correspond to their outward manifestations. If one has a true sense of guilt (A), that will result in the outward hatred of sin (A').
*(No the 'Fear of the Lord' is to hate sin, which is also the 'beginning of wisdom'.)
If one has an understanding of God's mercy in Christ (B), that will result in a lifelong endeavor to be more like Christ (B'). *(Calvinism Point 5; Perseverance of the saints)
*(But to him that worketh NOT, but believeth on him that justifyeth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness. Romans 4:5)
A - a 'true' sense of one's own guilt and sinfulness,
B - an understanding of God's mercy in Christ,
B' - results in a persistent endeavor after a holy life in a walking with God in the way of his commandments.
'True' repentance is characterized by a consciousness of guilt Psalm 51:4, 9, of pollution Psalm 51:5, 7, 10, and of helplessness Psalm 51:11; 109:21, 22. It sees the person in the moral condition that God has always seen them. But repentance is not just a sense of sin, but also an understanding of mercy, without which there can be no 'true' repentance Psalms 51:1; 130:4.
* (Sophistry at it's best -if the Gospel means 'glad tidings and 'good news', why must it be followed by guilt, penitence and life-long hard work?
Is this a Gospel that is truly able to be understood by a little child? - Mark 10:13
Does God have sin that he must feel grieved for, and turn from? - Genesis 6:6)
Biblical words for repentance
* (A common tactic for Sophists, is to go back to the original texts to try and further confuse and bedazzle the layman with scholarship and foreign language. )
This term is found over 1,000 times in the Old Testament, and in the vast majority of its uses refers to a literal change of direction. However, in more than 200 occurrences it refers to Israel or God turning toward or away from one another. The modern idea of repentance is found in turning away from idolatry^ ^ and from cold-hearted disobedience^ ^
This term is found over 100 times in the Old Testament and means to be sorry, or to pity or console oneself. In three of those occurences it is referring to repentance.^^
This term is the one most commonly translated in the New Testament as "repentance" and literally means "to change one’s mind or purpose, to repent." From this same root comes the noun metanoia: "after-thought, repentance" (Liddell, 503). This is a 'reversal' or change of thinking.
(it 'could' mean) You see yourself differently: as fallen and corrupt.*
* Sophistical Calvinist interpretation inserted by original author, it could also just mean you believe something you did not believe before, which is consistent with God who repents 35 times in the King James Bible.
This term carries a more emotional implication and literally means "to feel repentance, to rue, regret." In four of the five New Testament occurrences, the ESV translates it as "change(d) his/their mind(s)". From this same root comes the noun metamelos: "repentance, regret" (Liddell, 503).^^
Although never translated as "repentance", this word furthers the understanding of God's clear command for a change of mind, a heartfelt sorrow for sin, and a turning from sin. It means "to turn about, turn round; to return; to run towards; to correct, make to repent; to turn oneself round, turn about; constantly turning" (Liddell, 302). This is a change of the will. This is decidedly turning from sin and the ways of sin to follow the ways of Christ.^^
Sophists taught before the development of logic and grammar, when skill in reasoning and in disputation could not be accurately distinguished, and thus they came to attach great value to quibbles, which soon brought them into contempt. [Century Dictionary]
Quotes from 'false prophets' who do not use Scriptural authority but 'scholarship'
- "Repentance is more than a change of mind or feeling sorry for one's sins. It is a radical and deliberate turning or returning to God that results in moral and ethical change and action” - Kenneth Barker, ed. Zondervan NASB Study Bible, Grand Rapids: Zondervan, (Zondervan also publishes the Satanic Bible, and is owned by Rupert Murdoch)
- p. 1372).
- "Repentance involves deliberate turning from sin to righteousness" (Barker, 1419).
- "Repentance is a heartfelt sorrow for sin, a renouncing of it, and a sincere commitment to forsake it and walk in obedience to Christ" (Wayne Grudem, Systematic Theology, p. 713).
- Repentance unto life is a 'saving' grace, whereby a sinner, out of a 'true' sense of his sin, and apprehension of the mercy of God in Christ, doth, with grief and hatred of his sin, turn from it unto God, with 'full purpose' of, and endeavor after, new obedience.
- Westminster Shorter Catechism, Q.87
- "Yet it means not inward repentance only; nay, there is no inward repentance which does not outwardly work divers mortifications of the flesh." -- Point 3 on Martin Luther's 95 Theses
- "He, who truly repents, is chiefly sorry for his sins. He, whose repentance is spurious, is chiefly concerned for their consequences. The former chiefly regrets that he has done evil; the latter that he has incurred evil. One sorely laments that he deserves punishment; the other that he must suffer punishment. One approves of the Law which condemns him; the other thinks he is hardly treated, and that the Law is rigorous. To the sincere penitent, sin appears exceeding sinful; to him who sorrows after a worldly sort, sin, in some form, appears pleasant. He regrets that it is forbidden. One says it is an evil and bitter thing to sin against God, even if no punishment followed. The other sees little evil in transgression if there were no painful consequences sure to follow." -- Dr. William S. Plumer (1802-1880), Repentance and Conversion
And he said, Woe unto you also, ye lawyers!
for ye lade men with burdens grievous to be borne, and ye yourselves touch not the burdens with one of your fingers.
- Luke 11:46