The following words about the inseparability of faith and repentance are taken from Brian Schwertley’s excellent article entitled , The Necessity of Sanctification: A Brief Refutation of the Carnal Christian Heresy, which can be read in its entirety at:
The Necessity of Sanctification: A Brief Refutation of the Carnal Christian Heresy[Internet Archive link to the PDF. Editors].
“The idea that holiness is optional for believers is disproved by the Bible’s teaching on repentance. Repentance is never presented in Scripture as optional or for Israel only but is a vital element of the gospel message. “[A]nd that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem” (Luke 24:47). Christ emphasized repentance in His preaching (Mt. 4:17; Mk. 1:14, 15). He warned His disciples, saying, “Unless you repent you will all likewise perish” (Lk. 13:5). John the baptist (Jesus’ forerunner) emphasized the need for…
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