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What biblical repentance is not!

After watching Ray Comfort’s new film Audacity, I realised that he preaches Lordship salvation. If you are unaware of what that is, it is the need to add works to grace in order to obtain salvation. That is quite distinct from works as evidence of salvation. In the film when asked “… so all I need to do is believe?” Ray adds “… there is more to it than that!” He then says that you must stop sinning. It is subtle but it is in there.

I made that comment a post of FaceBook then a brother kindly alerted me to the following excellent video explaining this. Please watch it.

Where you find “repentance” in the Scriptures you find “penance” taught by the Church of Rome, as, for example, in

Ezekiel 18:30 Repent and turn yourselves from all your transgressions.

Luke 8:3  Except you repent you shall all likewise perish.

Acts 2:38: Repent and be baptized every one of you, for the remission of sins, and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost.

In all these passages the Council of Trent, Session 14:2, changed “repent,” into “do penance.”

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By faith alone, resting on the mercy of God

Justification by Faith. The Name and Thing Defined

by John Calvin (abridged)1,2

1. Justification by faith has been discussed before this, but slightly, because it was necessary first to understand that the faith, by which alone we attain justification, is not unattended by good works. The subject of justification must now be fully discussed, with the recollection that it is the principal hinge by which religion is supported.

2. First let us explain the meaning of these expressions: To be justified in the sight of God, to be justified by faith or by works. To be justified in the sight of God means that a person is accepted, on account of his righteousness, before the Divine judgment; for iniquity is abominable to God, and no sinner can find favour in His sight. Thus he must be said to be justified by works, whose life shows such purity and holiness, as to deserve the character of righteousness before God. On the other hand, he will be justified by faith, who, being excluded from the righteousness of works, receives by faith the righteousness of Christ. Invested in Christ, he now appears in the sight of God, not as a sinner but as a righteous man. Thus we simply explain, that justification is God receiving us in His favour, esteeming us as righteous persons. This consists of the remission of sins and the imputation of the righteousness of Christ.