Matthew 11:20 Then Jesus began to openly criticize the cities in which He had done many miracles, because they would not repent.
Confusion has been stirred in much of Christendom by a new doctrine of grace. This doctrine begins with: “We are all sinners…” or “One sin is no different than any other…” and concludes with “no matter what we do, God will forgive us.”
One crucial element missing from this new doctrine of grace is repentance. The biblical response to “all have sinned” is clear and unavoidable! John the Baptist said – repent! The apostles said – repent! Jesus said – I have come to restore sinners – so repent! He sternly challenged those who experienced His power yet refused to repent. Anyone claiming that repentance is not necessary is deceived. Sin is not an alternative lifestyle in the kingdom of God; it is the barrier that prevents restoration in Christ.
Those whose teaching is void of the need to repent have departed from the true Gospel. The brokenness of humanity cannot be transformed by trying to feel good about ourselves. Victorious life is on offer, but we must die to self and live through Christ. Repentance is not negated by the blood of Christ; rather, it is our response to God’s mercy, necessary for reconciliation. It is a crucial part of the equation that transforms our sinful lives into the righteousness of Christ.