Remember the old chorus "I Have Decided to Follow Jesus"? Maybe it's time we revised some of the words.
The next part of this study on repentance is admittedly somewhat subjective. What I mean is that the concept of repentance as a gift from God will be acceptable only to those who have a particular view of the sovereignty of God.
In the discussion of repentance, there is an undue emphasis on sin as its focus, and little or no emphasis on the true focus of repentance, namely, Jesus Christ.
Repentance is about much more than confession of sin. In fact, the focus of repentance is not our sin, but worship.
When we think of the word repent, typically our next thought is of sin. We say or hear things like “Repent of your sin” or “If you want to go to heaven, you must repent of your sin” or “Salvation requires men to repent of their sins.” There are at least two problems with such an understanding of repentance.
The concept of repentance is so common in our language and so integral a part of our concept of salvation that the meaning of the word has become blurred and even skewed from its original meaning.