Luke 5:32: I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance.
The other day an article was in my Facebook timeline. It seems the guitarist from Korn, who professes to be a Christian, was lamenting about Christians he labeled “conservative Christians”. To sum up his lament, “conservative Christians” were giving Christianity a bad name by always bringing up sin and repentance. His point, which is a pervasive point in mainstream Christianity, that Jesus is about love and having a relationship with Him. The person’s method of introducing Jesus is through love and just loving on them like he believes Jesus would do. Jesus always associated with the sinners so He was trying to show them love while apparently overlooking their sin. “Conservative Christians” are modern day Pharisees.
Let’s see if this holds up. Here are some verses I found about what Jesus said about repentance:
Matthew 4:17: From that time Jesus began to preach, saying, “Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.”
Mark 1:14-15: 14 Now after John was arrested, Jesus came into Galilee, proclaiming the gospel of God, 15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”
Luke 13:1-5: There were some present at that very time who told him about the Galileans whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And he answered them, “Do you think that these Galileans were worse sinners than all the other Galileans, because they suffered in this way? 3 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen on whom the tower in Siloam fell and killed them: do you think that they were worse offenders than all the others who lived in Jerusalem? 5 No, I tell you; but unless you repent, you will all likewise perish.”
This is just three passages I found (also read Luke 15). Huh, it seems Jesus did tell people to repent of their sin. Isn’t that interesting. The Jesus of the bible taught that people should repent of their sins or they will be punished in hell for their sins. He didn’t just love on people, hoping that they would love Him back and have a special relationship. The relationship comes after repentance because we are spiritually dead and God the Father is Spirit.
The most unloving thing a Christian can do is NOT tell people that they are sinners who need to repent of their sins before God the Father. They are dead to Him. The results of not repenting of one’s sins carry eternal consequences, enduring God’s wrath in the torments of hell. I did not see any passages about God the Father needing a relationship with His creation so He sacrificed His Son so that God the Father could once again fellowship with man. We needed to be right with Him so our sins were imputed onto Jesus Christ on the cross and Christ’s righteousness was imputed to us. (Yes, Peter does say that God desires that all people would be saved but that does not mean that all will be saved, only those predestined, the elect [but that’s another topic altogether]).
So, how it seems to me is that those negative “conservative Christians” who want to bring up the need of repentance of one’s sin are a lot more loving than those people not telling people to repent. It is the height of deception to let a person believe that they are saved because they simply say they believe Jesus or that they raised their hand during the end of a service. Repent of your sins before the Lordship of Jesus Christ, because we need a Savior who is found only in the Lord Jesus Christ, who saves sinners from the judgment and wrath of His Holy Father, and the freely given gift grace and the free gift of the Holy Spirit to lead us in sanctification.
That is love and those who teach it do so out of love.