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Christ talks a lot about repentance, and how we must repent and believe to be saved, he asks the woman caught in adultery to sin no more (John 8:11). But if we are unable to do any good as Paul says in Romans (Romans 7:18), how can we repent of anything? And also, can we truly say we live a life of "repentance" if we will sin for the rest of our lives, sort of "the old Adam still haunting us", when in contrast we should be as "dead to sin" (i.e. sin no more)?

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Lutherans would say that we are by nature sinful and unclean, and are only able to repent because we are enabled by the call of God the Holy Spirit to respond to the Grace of God.

  • but when I sin, am I not out of God's grace? Therefor how can I further repent? Could you simply elaborate a little more? – Dan Aug 20 '16 at 19:43
  • A Lutheran's thoughts on this would be highly informed by Matthew 18:10-14, where Jesus leaves the 99 righteous to go in search for the 1 sinner. A Lutheran would argue that one cannot be out of God's Grace; one can only think one is. – brasshat Aug 20 '16 at 19:56

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