Ray Comfort: Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

New from Ray Comfort:

“Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

The Bible says that salvation is a free gift of God (Romans 6:23). We are saved by grace and grace alone (Ephesians 2:8-9). No one can earn salvation by repenting or by believing. It is grace that saves us, and the way to partake of that grace is by God-granted repentance (2 Timothy 2:24-26), and faith alone in Jesus.

It is true that there are numerous verses that speak of the promise of salvation, with no mention of repentance. These merely say to “believe” on Jesus Christ and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31; Romans 10:9). However, the Bible makes it clear that God is holy and man is sinful, and that sin makes a separation between the two (Isaiah 59:1,2).

Without repentance from sin, wicked men cannot have fellowship with a holy God. We are dead in our trespasses and sins (Ephesians 2:1) and until we forsake them through repentance, we cannot be made alive in Christ. The Scriptures speak of “repentance unto life” (Acts 11:18). We turn from sin to the Savior. This is why Paul preached “repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ” (Acts 20:21).

The first public word Jesus preached was “repent” (Matthew 4:17). John the Baptist began his ministry the same way (Matthew 3:2). Jesus told His hearers that without repentance, they would perish (Luke 13:3). If belief is all that is necessary for salvation, then the logical conclusion is that one need never repent.

However, the Bible tells us that a false convert “believes” and yet is not saved (Luke 8:13); he remains a “worker of iniquity.” Look at the warning of Scripture: “If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth” (1 John 1:6).

The Scriptures also say, “He that covers his sins shall not prosper, but whoso confesses and forsakes them [repentance] shall have mercy” (Proverbs 28:13). Jesus said that there was joy in heaven over one sinner who “repents” (Luke 15:10). If there is no repentance, there is no joy because there is no salvation.

When Peter preached on the Day of Pentecost, he commanded his hearers to repent “for the remission of sins” (Acts 2:38). Without repentance, there is no remission of sins; we are still under His wrath. Peter further said, “Repent …and be converted, that your sins may be blotted out” (Acts 3:19). We cannot be “converted” unless we repent. God Himself “commands all men everywhere [leaving no exceptions] to repent” (Acts 17:30). Peter said a similar thing at Pentecost: “Repent, and be baptized every one of you” (Acts 2:38).

If repentance wasn’t necessary for salvation, why then did Jesus command that repentance be preached to all nations (Luke 24:47)? With so many Scriptures speaking of the necessity of repentance for salvation, one can only suspect that those who preach salvation without repentance are strangers to repentance themselves, and thus strangers to true conversion.”

4 thoughts on “Ray Comfort: Is Repentance Necessary for Salvation?

  1. Rachel L April 15, 2015 / 8:27 pm

    Repentance is essential to salvation. Repentance involves realizing that you have sinned, godly sorrow for your sin, and a turning away from your sin. We cannot be willfully doing what we know to be sin and be Christians. We must confess and repent in order to receive salvation. Scriptures such as Acts 3:19 support this.

  2. Peter February 5, 2016 / 9:58 pm

    Paul says that salvation is a free gift. Man cannot ADD to his salvation because that would rob the Saviour of His Sacrifice. Repentance is a gift too. The same goes for faith. No wonder Jesus says in Jn 15: Without Me you can do nothing.
    Repentance is given as a gift when the person understands what Christ did on the Cross. Therefore the sinner responds with repentance for the sins that had already been nailed to the cross. Romans chapter 5 makes it clear that while we were sinners and enemies of God, Christ already reconciled the Father. Already. Without my efforts. Without my repentance. The only thing I can do is to accept it. Man has no part in gaining salvation. It’s a free gift that lands on his lap. We either accept it or rejected.

  3. Rebekah January 18, 2021 / 11:07 pm

    Repent comes from the koine greek word metanoia which literally translated is: ‘meta’ meaning change and ‘noia’ meaning mind. so it’s a change of mind. not ‘turn from sin’ or ‘confess’. those verses that talk about those things are not defining repentance.

    Acts 19:4 is a great verse about what John the baptist meant when he preached repentance “telling the people to believe in the one who was to come after him, that is, Jesus.” So to change ones mind about what they are believing in.

    The only thing that saves someone from their hell punishment is Jesus taking the punishment for them on the cross, if they believe Jesus has done that for them as the only reason they can go to heaven – they are saved. and in believing they have ‘repented’ changed their mind to believe in Christ as the only way to be saved.

  4. Arnold February 22, 2021 / 2:14 pm

    in Calvinism all is dependent on God’s Grace alone that includes the faith we have and also the act of repentance. Because repentance is also a granted by God to those who have been predestined for salvation.

    2 Timothy 2:25 NIV
    Opponents must be gently instructed, in the hope that God will grant them repentance leading them to a knowledge of the truth,

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