LEADING MEN TO REPENTANCE
-Have you considered that all men need to repent? We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God ( Romans
3:23 ). The word “repent” comes from a Greek word “metanoia”, which means: a real change of mind and
attitude toward sin itself and the cause of it ( not merely the consequences of it ), which affects the life and not merely
a single act.
-God desires all men to repent. As well, we should desire that all men would repent. When someone repents, in
essence, they turn from sin and turn to God. Have you considered what causes men to repent? Have you considered how
to lead men to repentance? Romans 2:4 tells us that … THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADS MEN TO REPENTANCE …
What an interesting scripture!
-Why is it then that most preachers use fear to try to lead men to repentance? They especially use
fear of eternal torture in hell as a means to try to “get people saved”. It is very sad that the true message
of the goodness of God has been reduced by the traditions of men into … repent … or God will torture you forever
-The message of eternal torture has never been ( nor ever will be ) the true gospel. It came from the Dark Ages,
more specifically, the Catholic Church. Let God show you His love, goodness, grace, and mercy for the whole creation. THIS
IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAUSES PEOPLE TO TURN TO GOD FOR THE RIGHT REASON ( with the right motive in their
heart )! All else is wood, hay, and stubble.
-1st John 4:18 states, … There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because
fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love … Tell men about God’s love, goodness, grace, and
His mercy. This is what will lead them to true repentance. You must also understand that His wrath, judgment, vengeance, and
punishment are all a part of His love. THEY ARE FOR THE PURPOSE OF CORRECTION! Let us STOP using fear ( especially fear of
hell ) to motivate people to repent and serve God. That message ( eternal torture … which is not true ) does not give
a person a true foundation to start a relationship with the Lord! Remember …
-THE GOODNESS OF GOD LEADS MEN TO REPENTANCE!-