A Challenge For Christians – Find 1 Bible Verse Where CHRISTIANS are Told To Repent
Repent! It’s being taught in sermons, Sunday schools, and by religious people, and while it may sound ominous, there’s just one problem. It’s not in the bible.
DISCLOSURE: Yes, Christians absolutely should repent (turn) from sin. We’re not made for it and we certainly are not encouraging it. We’ve died to sin and are only fulfilled when we walk in the spirit. So by all means, let’s live out our identity and live upright godly lives. This post is certainly not suggesting sin is good, or okay.
With the aforementioned disclosure, after the new covenant was established there was not a single verse where ‘Christians’ are told to repent. I find it interesting that preachers can barely give a sermon without calling all the believers to repent, yet God didn’t seem to think it was necessary to be His core teaching.
Why isn’t it a core focus? Because the goal is not to see how awesome we can be at avoiding sin. The goal is to get to know Jesus as we fix our eyes on Him. The author and perfecter of our faith. The Bible does call us to live upright godly lives, but surprisingly Christians are never referred to as having ‘wicked hearts’ in desperate need of repentance. In fact, we aren’t even called sinners. The Corinthians broke world records for sin and they were actually called Saints.
I know, this ‘just Jesus’ message offends the religious ego, but the fact remains these verses of Christian condemnation simply do not exist in the bible. Am I saying God condones sin? Of course not – that would be stupid of me. God hates sin, but the newsflash is, if you are a Christian, then Jesus FULLY paid for your sin and made you right with God. Through His blood, not your performance. That’s right, God took care of sin, which once separated us from Him. Though we all stumble in many ways, God has chosen to remember our sins no more, and thanks to the blood of Christ when we are faithless He remains faithful, as we have His Spirit in us, and He cannot disown Himself.
If repenting were the goal and God thought it was most of the utmost importance then scripture would be littered with these kinds of verses. Instead, the post-cross messages are all about grace and forgiveness, apart from works, apart from the law.
So, my challenge is being made to anyone who can’t seem to talk about Jesus, grace, kindness, and forgiveness, unless they crush the audience with a ‘you better repent, or else’ message. I challenge you to find just one verse where Christians are told to repent. I want you to find one verse that is indisputable as to who it’s written to (believer or non-believer). And, since you likely would be the one who can’t talk about Jesus without talking about repenting in every other sentence then you should be able to list a few of those verses (because clearly, you must think that’s the primary message in scripture).
Though you will struggle to find any verses, let me address Revelation 3:19, the most common verse that some may throw our way.
Revelation 3:19 is Commonly taught as the “Lukewarm Christian”. See my thoughts here
What you will find in the new testament is that the word ‘repent’ usually refers to a change of mind. Specifically changing your mind from looking to the law for righteousness, and instead of looking to Jesus. We call it the Gospel! The greatest message on planet earth.
Author: Mike Cynar
Mike Cynar grew up in church and observed that countless people would go to church and then just stop. The church always referred to them as ‘fake Christians’ or ‘backsliders’ but Mike discovered the problem was deeper. The problem was the church message. The message was 90% behavior improvement and how bad you are, with a pinch of who you are in Christ, It was like every sermon was being preached to the church of Corinth. It’s in the Baptist church, Catholic, Pentecost, and most every other church. After discovering the true gospel message and how we are made right with God because of what ‘Jesus did’ (not what ‘we do’) Mike set out to free believers from behavior improvement programs and bring them back to Jesus. The Result – Jesus Without Religion was launched.
17 From that time on Jesus began to preach, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven has come near.”