Many people accuse me of making light of repentance.
They say I don’t think repentance is essential.
This is an accusation thrown against most proponents of the “grace message”.
Let me set the record straight.
I believe that…
I do not think that what most people call repentance is essential.
Most people think that repentance means “to change their actions to please God.”
And they could be forgiven for thinking that. I mean that’s what the English dictionary says as well!
But they are wrong.
The Greek word we’ve translated to mean “repent” means something quite different.
It’s the word “metanoia.”
It comes from two words:
1) Meta – which means “change”
2) Nois – which means “mind”
Metanoia means quite literally “change mind.”
Repentance is not about changing our actions to please God.
Now don’t get me wrong, when we change our minds our actions will in turn follow suit.
Let’s not put the cart before the horse
But we must not focus on the fruit of repentance lest we ignore repentance itself.
The message of grace does not ignore repentance or deminish it’s importance. Rather it is the one message that puts the focus solely on true repentance!
It is those who focus on this false idea of repentance (changing our actions) that we need to be very wary of.
While their hearts are good and they desire the same fruit – holy living. They fail to realise they are leading people away from the one thing that can cause a holy lifestyle.
A focus on our beliefs not our actions.