Let’s imagine a man who claims he believes but refuses to give up his adulterous relationship. He is baptized, and the congregation extends to him the right hand of fellowship. But then they must withdraw their right hand when he refuses to repent. Absurd? To the max!
Instead, faith includes repentance – a turning from the old life to the new (faith):
- “For godly grief produces a repentance that leads to salvation without regret, whereas worldly grief produces death.” (2 Corinthians 7:10)
Therefore, to deny the need for repentance to be saved is to deny salvation and to preach a false gospel.