Repentance: Must We Turn From Sin? Response to Lee Poskey

Repentance poster

Blogger Lee Poskey ( https://leeposkey.wordpress.com/ ) recently published an article condemning the notion that repentance, turning away from sin, was necessary for salvation. The original article link is at the bottom.

Lee wrote:

“The salvation statement in the screenshot above is a false gospel. Why? Because it teaches that repentance of sins, (turning from sins) is a component of receiving salvation.”

(My own emphasis added)

The part of the screenshot containing ‘repentance’ that Lee is condemning is below.

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I do not wish to discuss the matter of faith in salvation, just touch on repentance.

According to Lee, a person can attain salvation without turning away from sin. Does this mean I can purposely continue sinning all through my life, then go to Heaven after I die? I need not make any changes in my life after becoming Christian; I can continue in my sinful ways and still expect to enter the pearly gates after I die? Sounds a bit illogical.

No one thinks that they will be rescued from a sinking ship if they remain onboard. Why should someone expect to enter Heaven if they do not turn away from sin? After His interaction with Mary Magdalene (John 8:11), why did Christ tell her to go and sin no more? In Revelation 21:27, John writes, speaking of Heaven, “nothing unclean shall enter it.” How can someone stay in the way of sin, and still enter eternal life?

No, in order to enter into eternal life we must stay clear of sin and keep God’s commandments. Turning from sin is not an option — its a requirement.

— Patrick E. Devens

 


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57 thoughts on “Repentance: Must We Turn From Sin? Response to Lee Poskey

    • Really? That’s funny…cause that’s not true.

      Luke 15:7

      “I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.”

      Luke 24

      44 Then He said to them, “These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me.” 45 And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures.

      46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. 48 And you are witnesses of these things.

      Acts 17:29-31

      29 “Therefore, since we are the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, something shaped by art and man’s devising. 30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent, 31 because He has appointed a day on which He will judge the world in righteousness by the Man whom He has ordained. He has given assurance of this to all by raising Him from the dead.”

      Acts 20

      17 From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders of the church. 18 And when they had come to him, he said to them: “You know, from the first day that I came to Asia, in what manner I always lived among you, 19 serving the Lord with all humility, with many tears and trials which happened to me by the plotting of the Jews; 20 how I kept back nothing that was helpful, but proclaimed it to you, and taught you publicly and from house to house, 21 testifying to Jews, and also to Greeks, repentance toward God and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ.

      Hebrews 6:1

      Therefore leaving the principles of the doctrine of Christ, let us go on unto perfection; not laying again the foundation of repentance from dead works, and of faith toward God,

      2 Peter 3:9

      The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.

      You might want to rethink your position.

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    • “For if we sin wilfully after having the knowledge of the truth, there is now left no sacrifice for sins, but a certain dreadful expectation of judgment, and the rage of a fire which shall consume the adversaries.” (Hebrews 10:26-27)

      If you don’t turn from sin, you’ll wind up in Hell. Its right there, in Scripture.

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      • Sure. Murder as many people as you want. But, how many do you want to murder? If you are a believer, the Holy Spirit will be resisting you in that, and God may end your life early or law enforcement might, and you will lose rewards in Heaven. But what you do after believing in Jesus as Savior has nothing to do with you going to Heaven.

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      • Obedience is necessary.

        “And being consummated, he became, to all that obey him, the cause of eternal salvation.” (Heb. 5:9)

        It should be noted that faith is more than merely believing. Faith requires obedience (Romans 1:5, 16:26)

        Can faith save without obedience? No, that is a dead faith. Man is not justified by “faith only.” (James 2:24)

        Hebrews 5:9 states that Christ became the cause of salvation, to those who obey Him. If you have faith, but do not obey His Commandments, will you attain Heaven?

        Lifelong Faithfulness is necessary.

        “And you shall be hated by all men for my name’s sake: but he that shall persevere unto the end, he shall be saved.” (Mt. 10:22)

        “Fear none of those things which thou shalt suffer. Behold, the devil will cast some of you into prison that you may be tried: and you shall have tribulation ten days. Be thou faithful until death: and I will give thee the crown of life.” (Rev. 2:10)

        Christ always taught that after acceptance of His commandments, His followers must obey them the rest of their life if they wished to join Him in Heaven one day. It was not taught that once a person “accepted Christ as their personal Lord and Savior” that they were guaranteed salvation. A Christian must “persevere to the end”.

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      • Those who believe should obey. God commands us to obey. It is in the believer’s new nature to obey. The indwelling Holy Spirit leads us to obey. BUT-good works of any kind have absolutey NOTHING to do with being guaranteed to go to Heaven. Jesus’ death on the cross paid for ALL sins.

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      • If you make lifelong faithfulness a condition of salvation, you have salvation by works, and you will most certainly go to Hell if you never believe in Jesus alone for salvation.

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      • Oh really? Even though those who persevere to the end shall be saved? Don’t change the obvious meaning of Scripture. What is it referring to then? Being saved from the butterflies?

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      • That is rubbish. So let’s say a man is 20; he “believes” in Christ. by the time he is 50, he has committed murder and raped several women, and has no interest in walking away from sin and asking for forgiveness. He says he wants to go to Hell. Does he still go to Heaven? Just because he “believed” in Christ 30 years ago?

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  1. As well dying in the state of sanctifying grace. God is perfect and spotless, if He is dwelling in our souls (As He does in the state of grace) then our souls will be spotless/perfect like Him. When we come face to face with the Almighty and our souls look dirty but the Holy Ghost is still present we will need to be purged as ore in fire like unto Hell; but knowing when we are fully cleaned we will be with God. But like the fanciest dinner party or banquet you can think of, if we show up in rags and dirt and see everyone there dressed to perfection we will turn away as a result of pure embarrassment and condemn ourselves to Hell for eternity.

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