Robert N Wilkin (video interview)
Following are excerpts from Chapter 30, of Tim Finley’s book WILL GAYS GO TO HEAVEN titled: You need not repent of sin to be saved. That chapter is very lengthy because it is imperative that the truth regarding the topic of salvation must be told.
This chapter is all-encompassing tackling this “repent of sin” hogwash. I will not rest until I educate as many as possible about this colossal error in teaching. Repent of sin is not Biblical.
Please help me Jesus
So distraught, from hearing Christians misuse the phrase “repent of sin” regarding the Doctrine of Salvation, I am writing this very painstaking chapter to set the record straight. I work hard to ascertain truth and am a fanatic about explaining what I discover.
Work hard so you can present yourself to God and receive his approval. Be a good worker, one who does not need to be ashamed and who correctly explains the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 (Emphasis by me)
The misuse of repent of sin has caused mass misunderstanding among both believers and non-believers. Satan, the author of confusion (I Corinthians 14:33), has delighted in the misapplication of this word.
Constantly hearing the non-biblical phrase “repent of sin to be saved,” for many years before I was saved, caused me to reject Jesus as my Savior. I was deceptively told “repent of sin” meant I had to stop sinning; turn from sin (whatever that means); or be sorry for my sins to be saved.
I knew I couldn’t stop, nor did I think I could turn from my sins. I was sorry for many of my sins, but not as sorry as perhaps I should have been. In other words, I was not desperate enough to become a religious nut, or goody-two-shoes.
Until age 34, I rejected Jesus because the Good News message was repeatedly accompanied by the phrase “repent of sin,” which is not a prerequisite for salvation. Nor is it Biblically correct.
The Good News is we are saved by grace through faith, not by repenting of sin. Nobody has ever been saved by repenting of sin!
“For God loved the world so much that he gave his one and only Son, so that everyone who believes in him will not perish but have eternal life.” John 3:16
Jesus did not say…
Whoever repents of his or her sins will be saved. He simply stated, “…so that everyone who believes in him…” We are saved by our faith in Jesus, and not by repenting of our sins. The penalty for our sins was PAID IN FULL on the Cross. You think about that!
Correct Bible interpretation
To completely understand the Bible, you need to learn Hebrew and Greek. There’s no way to get the full meaning from the many translations. Mistakes are made if one attempts to use a modern English dictionary to define many of the Hebrew, Greek, and Aramaic words, or terms, used 2000 years ago – especially when the original manuscripts are no longer in existence.
Although repent appears in the Bible, including stating that God repented, it is misunderstood in most instances… “Repenting of sin” is not a requirement for salvation. Repenting of believing that you can earn your way to Heaven is.
Repent, as it relates to Christ, means: to change our minds about living by laws, being good to receive forgiveness, or anything else that we might do for Jesus to be saved. It may also mean: repenting (changing one’s mind) from believing in other gods, or repenting (changing one’s mind) from being an atheist or agnostic. It does not mean to be sorry for, turn from, or stop sinning. When one places his or her faith in Jesus as having taken his or her place on the Cross and having taken the penalty due our sins, then we are repenting of disbelief.
Tragically, many Bible publishers have incorrectly used the term repent in a way that is confusing to the reader. This is an incorrect translation. When Paul was warning folks to repent, he was directing them to abandon their polytheistic and idolatrous pagan notions. The Jesus movement was new to people, most who had many gods and many beliefs. Paul was warning folks to turn from their false idols to Jesus.