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What are the various definitions of "Repentance"?

I previously asked this question: Is the Holy Spirit a necessary presupposition for repentance? What became apparent from that question, however, is that there are many opinions or views on what "...
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Is the Holy Spirit a necessary presupposition for repentance?

Background: I had a discussion with my church leadership and their position is that without the Holy Spirit there can be no repentance. The issue in more detail: My proposal was to do a service where ...
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Does "perfect" imply never having changed? Does the Bible say so?

"God is perfect" is often used as a justification for the belief that God never became God, but that rather, He never changed, but simply always was God, and always was perfect. What is the ...
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God does not change, but has He changed?

Is there any verse of Scripture anywhere that says that God has not changed? Malachi 3:6 says "For I am the LORD, I change not". This is present tense, and also there are verses which denote ...
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What Are the Way of Repentance and the Way of Eternal Life?

Gaining eternal life through faith in the Lord is the longing of many Christians. But is it true that we can attain the way of eternal life by accepting the Lord’s salvation, repenting and confessing ...
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Is denying Christ under the threat of death not a mortal sin? [duplicate]

I heard that if martyrs denied Christ when forced under the punishment of death, the sin would not count since it was not freely chosen. Basically, they wouldn't commit a mortal sin since the mortal ...
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A Quote of Ven. Leo Dupont on Never Making Peace with One's Sins

I am trying to find a reference which contains an actual quote from Ven. Leo Dupont, which, as I recollect, can be paraphrased as "... but I have never made peace with my sins." Is anyone ...
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Can punishment for unintentional sins be reconciled with Christians knowing they have eternal life?

My question isn't so much about reconciling specific Scripture passages as it is about reconciling two teachings supported by Scripture, so I'm asking here rather than on Hermeneutics. I'm wondering ...
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What are names for different approaches to unintentional sin?

Some (for example, Pat Donahue, the owner of bibledebates.info) contend that unintentional sins separate a person from God just as much as deliberate sins will. By contrast, others (such as Bob Myhan ...
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According to Protestantism, does repentance always have to include Godly mourning?

We read: “Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded. Be miserable and mourn and weep; let your laughter be turned into ...
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How do proponents of eternal conscious torment/separation reconcile their beliefs with Luke 13:3, 5?

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 ...
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What is the nature and format of a Lenten Penitential Service in the Catholic Church?

Close to the Lenten season in the Catholic Church, I frequently see announcements for a Lenten Penitential service in Catholic parish weekly bulletins and websites, which is on a weekday, and seems to ...
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How do Christians who reject the idea of purgatory deal with the fact that most people don't repent of every sin before they die?

It is an observable fact that most people, even most Christians, don't repent of every sin individually before they die. Even that really great guy at church who's everyone's best friend and is first ...
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Arguments Supporting the Beatitude of Jonah?

The prophet Jonah is a recognized saint in the Catholic Church and venerated as a saint among other denominations, too. In scripture, when Old Testament figures sin mortally and then repent and are ...
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Do Protestant Trinitarians believe that Christianity can be 'proved' without faith?

Then said Jesus unto him, Except ye see signs and wonders, ye will not believe. 49 The nobleman saith unto him, Sir, come down ere my child die. 50 Jesus saith unto him, Go thy way; thy son liveth. ...
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How do I discern righteous guilt from false guilt?

I believe the Holy Spirit can make you feel guilty for an actual sin while the enemies of God can make you feel guilty for an alleged sin that isn't one or keep you feel guilty for a sin you repented ...
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According to Calvinism does God both issue commands AND withhold the ability to obey?

Although this question regarding 1 Corinthians 10:13 is thematically closely related it differs in specifics to what I am asking. It asks about God's provision of a way to escape and endure ...
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Do any denominations accept their own part in the failure, generally, of Christendom, to rise to the reality of what Christianity ought to be?

My question is prompted by my own thoughts, this morning, as to my own failure, in my own lifetime, to fully respond - zealously, faithfully and responsibly - to the gospel of Jesus Christ, the Son of ...
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Is repentance of sins possible outside the Gospel?

Does every human being, at least once in their lifetime, have a genuine chance to repent of their sins, turn away from them and start living a righteous life? If so, does this also include people who ...
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What if Hell isn't a punishment? [closed]

If Hell isn't a punishment but instead the logical consequence of our rejection of God, if God doesn't send us to Hell, but we choose to go there on our own; how can Jesus' death on the Cross help us ...
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According to Protestantism, are we saved by faith into a repentance of law-following?

Just have a question regarding faith and works: A person has eternal life solely by faith in Jesus Christ (as in believing every word Jesus said, including his claims that he is God), but by believing ...
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Can someone be saved if they willingly live in sin? [closed]

For example, if somebody says, "Since God forgives sins, why not live a sinful life? Then when I'm dying in my bed, I'll just ask him to forgive me for my sins." How should I respond to that ...
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Is the root of salvation correctly summed up as "Be saved and repent!" or should it be "Repent and be saved!"?

In the article below, the phrase "Be saved and repent!" was endorsed. I wish to know what a Reformed Protestant view would be on this. The context for the phrase is this: The editor wrote an article ...
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What is the biblical basis for “the Sinner’s Prayer” and do Protestants believe that saying the prayer make one a Christian?

I came across a similar question asking about the Protestant view that when you first believe on Jesus Christ you become a Born Again Christian. Here is the link to the question: How did the Born ...
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Did any medieval Catholics believe in the possibility the repentance was possible immediately after death?

Did any medieval Catholics have a pious belief that immediately after death, God gave people a last chance to repent of their sins and thus save their immortal soul from going to hell for all eternity?...
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How does the Catholic Church tell us to do reparation for our sins according to Church teachings?

Pope John Paul II in his apostolic letter Misericordia Dei (Mercy of God), he wrote: Ordinaries are to remind all the ministers of the Sacrament of Penance that the universal law of the Church, ...
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Replacement of sins with good

In my studies of Islamic Theology I have come across a doctrine of the replacement of sins for good deeds. Quran, Al-Furqân “Except for those who repent, believe and do righteous work. For them Allah ...
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What evidence is there that the thief on the cross was not baptized?

In Luke chapter 23, there is an interaction between Jesus and two thieves on the cross. One of the thieves mocks the Savior, telling him to save himself. The other thief rebukes the first, and ...
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Did Peter ever ask Jesus for forgiveness?

According to everything I have ever learned, forgiveness is based on repentance. This usually requires asking God for forgiveness for our sins. Weeping bitterly is not a sign of repentance. It is ...
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What constitutes a "serious" crime for the purpose of LDS baptism preparation?

According to Preach My Gospel, the official LDS (Mormon) missionary guide, missionaries are supposed to ask potential converts Have you ever committed a serious crime? If so, are you now on probation ...
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Why didn't God forgive Saul when he asked for it?

In 1 Samuel 15:24-25 (NIV): 24 Then Saul said to Samuel, “I have sinned. I violated the Lord’s command and your instructions. I was afraid of the men and so I gave in to them. 25 Now I beg you, ...
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What are the conditions for removing excommunication of a married priest?

If a Catholic priest leaves his priesthood and marries a woman, he is automatically excommunicated. Does the Catholic Church recognize his marriage? He marries outside of the Chuch so his marriage is ...
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Why is the sin of the fallen angels unforgivable? (Catholic catechism)

Referring to the fall of Satan and his angels, according to the Catechism: 393 It is the irrevocable character of their choice, and not a defect in the infinite divine mercy, that makes the angels' ...
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Is it possible to repent after death in Catholicism?

In the following quote from the Catechism, it seems to imply that you can repent of a mortal sin after death. How does that fit with the standard "Once damned always damned after death" view that the ...
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How does repentance fit into the doctrine of sola fide ("by faith alone")?

Sola fide (Latin for "by faith alone") is a defining doctrine of Protestantism. Wikipedia defines it as follows: The doctrine of sola fide asserts God's pardon for guilty sinners is granted to and ...
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Is repenting the same as it always has been or do we in the New Covenant repent in a new way? (Roman Catholic perspective)

In Judaism you repent to get back to "normal" or back to God. Another reason is to stop the consequence of sin. So you have Thesuva (repenting) for a week before Yom kippur in order that God will ...
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How is repentance understood in Lutheranism?

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 ...
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Exorcism and repentance [closed]

Exorcism is common in the New Testament, by both Jesus and the disciples. But the main theme in the Old and New Testaments is to repent and change your ways; then God will heal you and bless you. And ...
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Why did John the Baptist preach repentance through water baptism and specifically how is that different than repentance through ashes and sackcloth?

Are there any records that explain why baptism was used for repentance when the Jews already had a method of repentance by putting ashes on them and wearing sackcloth? This seemingly worked as noted ...
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What is the biblical basis that we no longer need to confess and repent?

Joseph Prince (Worldwide speaker and author of Destined to Reign) and Andrew Wommack (Andrew Wommack Ministries and author of many books) teaches this with the Grace (hyperGrace) message, as does my ...
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If Orthodox Christians must repent of any act of violence, how does this not entail pacifism?

I have heard from many Orthodox that one should repent of any act of violence, including violence committed in self-defense or in the service of military duties. As I understand it, true repentance ...
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Mormons, for how long can I be forgiven of all my sins?

What I understand is: Upon baptism and receiving the Holy Ghost, I'm sin-free, 100% forgiven, not perfect, but clean, clean like I could dwell in the presence of God if I died right after I was ...
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Should those who fall away and return to the church be baptized again? - Overview

It is not uncommon for believers to be faithful for years, but "fall away", only to return years later with a reaffirmation of faith. Often this is common with teens who have a "wild" 20's and 30's, ...
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How can God be Sovereign (in the Reformed sense) if a man can ignore His call to repentance?

The Scriptures tell us: The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a ...
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If God wants everyone to repent, why God didn't do such miracles in Tyre and Sidon?

Matthew 11:21 “Woe to you, Chorazin! Woe to you, Bethsaida! If the miracles done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have repented long ago in sackcloth and ashes. If so and God ...
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In LDS doctrine, why isn't repentance possible without eternal punishment?

Alma 42:16 Now, repentance could not come unto men except there were a punishment, which also was eternal as the life of the soul should be, affixed opposite to the plan of happiness, which ...
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How can repentance for our everyday sins lead to forgiveness? [closed]

Repentance is not an 'easy way out' like a get-out-of-jail-free card. And doing bad things and planning to repent afterwards doesn't work, because that means you thought the things you were doing ...
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As Christians we are already saved, so why must we keep repenting of sin? [closed]

We believe that Jesus died for all our sins, past and future, so why do we need to keep asking to be forgiven if Jesus already died to forgive that sin?
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Is repentance required for salvation? [closed]

I know that through faith alone I am saved. But is repentance a requirement for that salvation as a part of my faith? Is repentance a single act, or should it be continuous?
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