Repentance is the process of acknowledging our wrong doing and turning from it. In Biblical terms, to repent is to “change our mind” which should result in actions:
But shewed first unto them of Damascus, and at Jerusalem, and throughout all the coasts of Judaea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent and turn to God, and do works meet for repentance (Acts 26:20, emphasis added)
Turning from sin to obedience should be a result of our repentance, if not, it undermines what we believe!
Dr Peter Saunders wrote this excellent blog – Cheap grace – a false gospel and a deadly enemy of the church – covering the true nature of faith and repentance as well as warning about misunderstanding grace.
We live in times where the gospel message is not often being clearly taught – at times is seems a different Jesus is being preached. Shockingly many churches are guilty of promoting a false gospel! Paul warned that this would happen in the end times, saying that there would be a falling away:
Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition; (2 Thessalonians 2:3, emphasis added)
Churches are “falling away” from their roots and moving into very dangerous grounds with a grace without repentance message. We need to be very vigilant and test everything we see and hear against Scripture in these perilous times!