A Question On Repentance
Brethren, this is not ‘an end-times’ issue, it’s a right-now issue. To convey in any form to any people that God does not command repentance and faith today – before physical death or the return of our Lord – is what I consider the rankest of heresies. It is salvific, a primary issue.
I’d like to ask readers of 5ptsalt a very simple question, and I would very much appreciate it if you would leave a comment. Yes, I’m flat out asking for a response. Please.
The question is this: When is it too late to repent and be saved?
Here’s why I’m asking. Soteriology is all about how a person is saved. Salvation. What should be more important to men and women than that? This is not a ‘secondary issue’ is it? No, it’s the ultimate, premier issue.
I’m asking you this because I’ve been accused of making it too big of an issue. Seriously. Is that even possible?
Salvation is by grace alone through faith alone. Do you agree with that?
Many have taken me to task because I have attempted to point out that salvation cannot be had these days – or in the future – by faith plus something else, like sight.
I have the conviction before God by way of Scripture that if one physically dies or when Christ comes again as promised, it is then too late for repentance and salvation.
Not everyone believes that. In fact, according to polls (as if…etc) over 60% of evangelicals currently believe that some will be saved by faith plus sight of Jesus when He returns. Brethren, this is not ‘an end-times’ issue, it’s a right-now issue. To convey in any form to any people that God does not command repentance and faith today – before physical death or the return of our Lord – is what I consider the rankest of heresies. It is salvific, a primary issue.
Yet to oppose such a view will automatically make you very unpopular.
I do so.
There is no opportunity for repentence after either death or the return of the Lord Jesus in glory to “judge the quick and the dead.” The author of Hebrews was not lacking perspecuity when he wrote that it is appointed once for man to die and then the judgment. There is no purgation for those who die as infidels and there will be no delay in the sentence upon those who see Christ coming in the clouds from the right hand of God.
I agree with you.
“And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:” (Heb 9:27)
Once you die, everything that forms the basis of your judgment is done.
I see no hope for anyone who does not apprehend Christ by faith in this life, in this time, or in any time to come. Likewise it seems to me that no element of truth is more signifcant than the right understanding of sin, salvation and God and His Christ.
Yes, amen, and given that, how is it that salvation, repentance and all, is allegedly offered to those who reject Christ now, yet are given it when Christ returns? That is dispensationalism.
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I see in Acts 17:30, that ” God commands all men everywhere to Repent.” Yet Paul in 2 Timothy 2:24-26, states:” That God may perhaps grant Repentance to those taken captive by devil.” Now I believe both truth’s, but they only make since to those who are alive. So in answer to your question, it most definitely applies before He returns.