No Intent To Repent

As I was driving recently, four words came through my mind that I had never thought in that order before.  The words were:  no intent to repent

Those words got me started thinking.  If you look about our society, you see no intent to repent.  In fact, it is just the opposite; you see every intent to publicly justify all sorts of behaviors that have been called sin for thousands of years. 

Even in the church, you see no intent to repent, but rather every intent to accommodate the culture, entertainment, media, and lifestyles of the world around us.  The idea of repenting — turning away from sinful behaviors — has almost been completely lost in our time.  Why?

It is hard to repent if you don’t feel any sorrow or remorse for your behavior.  Remorse comes from God’s conviction.  However, if we push God away from our lives and our society, His conviction of sin leaves us as well.  So we feel justified in any kind of behavior we choose to engage in. 

If we won’t look at God’s character — His holiness — we will never even be aware of the wickedness within us or the evil in our environment.  Rather, we will falsely assume that we humans, who the Bible calls sinners, are instead good, noble, fine, and dandy. 

No intent to repent — could this be a fulfillment of Revelation 3:17?  “You say, ‘I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.’ But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked.”

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About Steve Simms

I like to look and think outside the box. I have written two books: Mindrobics: How To Be Happy For The Rest Of Your Life and Your Sperm Won--Experiencing Your Value As A Championship Human Being. In college I encountered Jesus Christ and I have been passionate about trying to get to know Him better ever since. My wife and I lead a non-traditional church in Nashville based on open participation and Spirit-led sharing. We long to see the power and passion of the early church come to life in our time.
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6 Responses to No Intent To Repent

  1. David says:

    great word Steve! wish I could’ve made it today at berry st.

  2. Fascinating comments to me – as it was the word, repent, that drove me to my knees, as I began to realize all that church going “stuff”, attendance, tithing, volunteering, marriage, baptisms, etc., etc. had deceived me. I had thought that obedience – to the hierarchy, was the way to please God.

    And it was He who caused me to remember all of the deeds that I had accumulated over the years that had kept me from realizing the grace of God. “Repent”, Jesus said, ” for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” (Mathhew 4:17) And with His reminder of my unrepentant sins ringing in my heart, I sought forgiveness and was cleansed – through and through and now empowered to live as a Christian, loving life, loving others, serving God – even if it came through the admonitions of man.

    That was over thirty-six years ago and as Peter suggests, my life has become “joy inexpressible and full of glory”.

    You can have al of the church “stuff” as it is not necessary – repentance is the key. Repent and the load is lessened as the One who guides your path has a much better goal in mind than anything ever imagined by man.

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