Those who have been called and ordained as servants of The Lord, have been given the responsibility to preach “…repentance…” The practice of this
requires a cooperative relationship with The Holy Ghost of God. Whether it is in the case of a lost sinner, or someone who has been saved; it is The Holy Spirit of God Who works in a heart, toward bringing about a proper response to the words of God’s Book.
“And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent…” Acts 17:30
As Scripture is used by preachers and The Holy Ghost; it is then the
responsibility of each individual soul, to decide to choose to do what is right to do. That is a part of “…repentance…”
As Bible Believing Baptists, we will be held responsible to this doctrine; in how we present the gospel to help a lost sinner to be saved; and, in teaching and preaching to the saved to help them to turn from their sins.
It could be stated that a part of “…repentance…;” is an action of mind; prompted by The Holy Ghost and The Word of God; which forms belief.
Another part of “…repentance…” is when the will takes personal
responsibility, to decide and to act on what is believed.
When “…repentance…” is involved; it is designed to produce more than just an acknowledgement of a fact. In fact, that kind of belief can be classified as demonic; for James 2:19 says, “Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble.” That kind of belief will land those devils in The Lake of Fire; and, when applied to the saved, according to James 4:7, a belief which is not acted upon is the very definition of sin.
“Therefore to him that knoweth to do good, and doeth it not, to him it is sin.”
What do you know to be your personal responsibility to “…repentance…?”
Dr. Timothy S. Luchon
B.T, Th.M., Th.D.