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No Forgiveness Without Repentance
“Finally someone who realizes the importance of repentance as a condition to forgiveness…”

This letter is a response to "Should We Forgive Those Who Show No Repentance?” by David Guretzki.

This is an excellent and biblically based article, on a subject so needed because our society has lost touch with the concept of punishment and consequence for wrong-doing. Finally someone who realizes the importance of repentance as a condition to forgiveness and even one of the conditions to salvation.

God has instituted civil authorities and the judicial system to punish those who do wrong for this very reason. This is supported by the doctrinal position of the atonement from the angle of penal substitution, which emphasises the fact that there could be no forgiveness without restitution. As the Bible states, "There is no forgiveness without the shedding of blood" (Hebrews 9:22).

The crucifixion was a capital punishment designed to satisfy the demands of justice on behalf of those who have transgressed God's law, but would come to faith in Jesus Christ and find forgiveness in the atoning sacrifice of Jesus Christ.

If God unilaterally absolved sinners without a condition of repentance, there would be no need for the cross, repentance, or faith... all of which are necessary for salvation. The implication would be pluralism.

Rev. Chris Curry pastors the Living Waters Christian Assembly, Ottawa, Ontario.




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