In a time when many Churches and well meaning preachers are straying from the Biblical doctrine of salvation it is up to God’s people, now more than ever, to stand up and proclaim the truth. One of the most controversial of all doctrines emerging in this day of “falling away” is the doctrine of repentance. There are many great and uplifting books on this topic available to the child of God that wishes to strengthen his/her stand on the subject. However there is no greater book than that book which is perfect, infallible, inspired and without error, the King James Bible.
As a printer I have seen the decline of true Biblical teaching on faith and repentance. Soul-winning has become, in many places, a form of salesmanship depending only on the “soul-winners” persuasion and technique, not the Word of God breaking “…like a hammer…” (Jer. 23:29) nor the Holy Spirit drawing men to Christ. Most people, regardless of their personal belief and conviction of the true doctrine of salvation, are forced into distributing forms of a watered down gospel via gospel tracts.
We at Calvary Publishing have determined to take a stand against this new form of Gospel salesmanship “Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof…” (II Timothy 3:5). We strongly feel that there must be a work of the Holy Spirit in the life of a person prior to salvation. This working is a drawing “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me.” (John 12:32) It is the Holy Spirit convicting men of their sin. “And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: Of sin, because they believe not on me;” (John 16:8-9) When God convicts a person they are granted repentance unto life “When they heard these things, they held their peace, and glorified God, saying, Then hath God also to the Gentiles granted repentance unto life.” (Acts 11:18)
It is this that the Apostles witnessed in Acts 2:37 “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do?” “Then he called for a light, and sprang in, and came trembling, and fell down before Paul and Silas, And brought them out, and said, Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” (Acts 16:29-30) You cannot separate faith and repentance, therefore we feel it necessary as Bible Believing Christians to stand on this important doctrine.
While people may say we are teaching the false doctrine of “Lordship salvation”, because we believe a person must have a willingness in their heart to turn from what the Holy Spirit is convicting them about, we are not going to ignore the plain teaching of Scripture that a person must have faith and repentance for salvation. Repentance is not a work that a person does in order to be saved, but rather a change of heart toward God, His law, and a person’s sin.