Argue all you want, but I’m taking no chances.
The saints have taken their positions on what is necessary to be saved. It seems two words have caused quite a stir among those claiming salvation. Repent and believe. Others say, “No! Faith only.” And the definitions for repent are often just opinions, or quotes from Dictionaries or from the study of Greek. What we believe is stronger than our opinions, and arguments tend to get nasty when caused by bruised arrogance.
“Repent and believe in the gospel.” (Mark 1:14-15) Jesus preached the gospel of God, the gospel of the kingdom. This is the same gospel He commanded His disciples to preach.
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.”
His disciples preached the gospel of the kingdom first to Jews then to Gentiles. Their preaching was GOD’S TESTIMONY IN AND THROUGH HIS SON. Men and women repented because they heard God, not someone’s opinions. They heard the Holy Spirit convict them of their sin, Christ’s righteousness and judgement that is sure to come. (John 16:8) Convinced from within by the Spirit of God the word repent reaches the soul. Thank God we are not left to a horrible awareness of our sin but called to turn to Jesus, believe the gospel and receive with forgiveness cleansing from our unrighteousness and hope through Christ’s resurrection.
To have faith in Jesus is to believe what He has to say, God’s testimony.