Addressing the false Reformed Baptist teaching of repentance as a change of mind
For most who have come out of the system, it is for the most part not a matter of understanding grace , but rather a matter of not understanding freewill, establishing some obscure enigma which I can only define as ‘almost freewill (Adamic-nature), if so, which I can only logically conclude, that if this were to be true, God must then have an ‘almost judgment.
[Ezekiel 18:30] "Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin."
Jeremiah 25-5 5 They said, Turn ye again now every one from his evil way, and from the evil of your doings, and dwell in the land that the LORD hath given unto you and to your fathers for ever and ever:
Rev 2-5. Remember therefore from where you have fallen; repent and do the first works, or else I will come to you quickly and remove your lampstand from its place-unless you repent.
John 3:6 :Whosoever abides in him sins not: whosoever sins has not seen him, neither known him.
Rev 9-20, And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood: which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21 Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts.
Job 42-6 Wherefore I abhor myself, and
in dust and ashes.
Sin and selfishness are conditions of the heart and cannot be separated as Repentance and turning from sin ALSO cannot be made into TWO separate events, they are ONE in the Same thing, Commanded as the imperative of initially turning to God. (not a suggestion) You do NOT turn form sin as an aftermath of salvation, but a precursor, and then a continuance of salvation. (faithfulness, fidelity) ‘Repentance for Remission, Lk24:47, means the Sin MUST Stop BEFORE Pardon is granted and Regeneration takes place.
The Word Repent:
αυτοτιμωρία Greek; penitencia Spanish The English word repent comes, via the Old French repentir, from Latin: The intensive prefix re + the action verb: paeniteo (poeniteo) Paeniteo has to do with feeling sorrow and pain. If one weighs this with the full council of God in the KJB it will be proven to be a true definition. In the Hebrew naw-kham to sigh, that is breathe strongly with remorse and sorrow, and revenge oneself with zeal. This is exactly what Paul said in 2 Cor. 7-11, ‘What diligence it produced in you, what clearing of wrong doing, what indignation, what fear, what Vehement desire and zeal and what VINDICATION!’ (in his understanding repentance meant a LOT more than merely changing your mind)
In the OT the Hebrews would often rent their clothes over such anguish (king Josiah rent his clothes when he discovered he had been fooled by false prophets). This Produces a new inward movement for obtaining obedience to God from the heart, (Rom6:16) which brings a restored understanding of the order of the Cosmos which is built upon the principle of love. Rom13:10. (God "IS" love, love is a devoted action from the heart, mind and soul, always begins in the heart and works outwardly Matt22:37-40)
1828 Webster's Dictionary.
REPENT, v.i. [L. re and paeniteo, from paena, pain. Gr. See Paint.] This is why keeping his commandments are not grievous, not painful to the conscience or a heavy burden on the mind.
1. To feel pain, sorrow or regret for something done or spoken; as, to repent that we have lost much time in idleness or sensual pleasure; to repent that we have injured or wounded the feelings of a friend. A person repents only of what he himself has done or said.
2. To express sorrow for something past. In theology, to sorrow or be pained for sin, as a violation of God's holy law, a dishonor to his character and government, and the foulest ingratitude to a Being of infinite benevolence. To remember with sorrow; as, to repent rash words; to repent an injury done to a neighbor; to repent follies and vices.
Now lets examine Easton's post West-Cott Hort 1895 corrupt dictionary
Repentance There are three Greek words used in the New Testament to denote repentance. (1.) The verb metamelomai is used of a change of mind, such as to produce regret or even remorse on account of sin, but not necessarily a change of heart. (pure poison, lie)
Strong's Concordance, also obscures the true meaning of the word:
G3340 met-an-o-eh'-o From 3326 and 3539 to think differently or afterwards, that is, reconsider (morally to feel compunction) repent. (Pure garbage, wishy-washy ,dancing around the truth)
It should also be no great surprise that the OED, which was first, slapped together over a hundred years ago after West-Cott and Hort (Oxford English Dictionary, says this about the Greek metanoia to change one's mind, to repent (This is the common belief today of most Pundits, both Calvinist & Evangelical Baptists) However metanoia, if studied and rightly divided according to the full weight of scripture, is a change of the inner man through brokenness, which comes from GUILT. Blaming Adam only seeks to circumvent the guilt and cover it with fig-leaves, thus producing the illusion that God might clean them up at some future point and time.
Godly sorrow produces repentance that brings forth deeds worthy thereof. Salvation comes after the cleansing of the heart from all filthiness, not before, we must NEVER suggest repentance is something different than this because it will mislead an beguile unstable souls, and the blood will be on our hands. Forgiveness is an action proceeding from the heart and the very keys to the kingdom. Unforgiveness is a sin held in the heart, and a sin that will harden into blasphemy of the Holy Ghost. Since the devil can only attack the mind, thoughts of unrighteousness must be cast down before they become planted in the heart, once they become planted in the heart it then requires a grievous sorrow or it will never be removed, not a simple change of mind, that will never work. all of the thoughts of mans' heart were continually evil .
The mind is for reasoning, Isaiah 1-18, once one reasons with God from his natural ability, he then sees his need for a sorrowful repentance, if not, he was reasoning with the devil thinking it was God. That said; then he must purge the grounds of the heart and prepare it to receive the implanted word. God does not do this, it is mans' responsibility, Prov1:16, Js1:21, the mechanics of this cleansing is given to us by Paul in 2 Cor. 7-10,11, ALL MEN/WOMEN HAVE ALREADY BEEN GIVEN THE GRACE TO DO THIS, TITUS 2-11,12 It is not a Works Salvation, but a Work of obedience of the most urgency; ‘REPENT ye therefore for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand!’
Zacchaeus, the tax collector, from Jericho, 500 ft below sea level, (a strong signature of his condition) did a LOT more than ‘change his mind! He amended his ways and cleansed his own heart BEFORE Salvation came to his house. Did Jesus accuse him of outward works? Did Jesus say: Zacchaeus I'm supposed to do that for you, you are trying to do too much outward works by turning from your sin in earnest? Don't you know that you are not capable of doing that Zacchaeus?
The Reformed Baptist teaching of the 1640s claiming; Repenting Of Your Sins is A False Gospel, is a Works Salvation, (Baptist Pastor Anderson teaches this centuries old heresy on UTUBE among other heresies) He falsely considers turning form sin a works gospel, this is why this teaching is so loved by others and has resurfaced in many different forms, however they are simply regurgitating the same doctrine with a different twist. The Baptist was not the announcer but the forerunner.
Calvin and Luther originated this heresy: but the Baptists mixed it into their creeds, coming up with a slightly different potion brewing in the caldron. One can study history and pinpoint exactly when these false teachings immersed, they are not new discoveries like many think, but merely slight twists on past creeds of imagination. Same with the Adamic-Nature twist, people do not even know in what fashion Adam was actually created by God, and that it differs not from the creation of any other man/woman. We were created with a freewill, natural desires and inclinations, exactly like Adam, and Adam was created in the image of God, and so were we. Cain fell away from that image, that is why he was not considered a son of Adam, however Adam did begat him. When we choose to morally miss use these natural God
given desires and inclinations they then become transgressions of the law. This principle of God has NEVER changed since the beginning. Without the grief and bitter sorrow expressed in Psalms 51 no one is going to change, they are only fooling themselves if they think so. The doctrine of repentance is nothing to fool around with once the leaven comes in it will gradually increase. Repentance, faith and the understanding of the blood atonement are probably the most important and miss-understood doctrines in the Bible.