The Old and New Testament extensively speaks of repentance. It isn’t just intellectual assent to a belief that God is real. James 2:19 (NIV) “You believe that there is one God. Good! Even the demons believe that–and shudder.” We must attempt to live by Gods Word. Certainly we are not perfect but by constantly going to our High Priest, Jesus Christ, and getting renewed by his Spirit we can live justified before God by his blood shed on Calvary. Our faith drives us to do better and follow the Spirit. Galatians 5:24 (NIV) “Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” We are to change our life style and follow after righteousness. We are to leave old patterns and ways of doing things as we learn what the Holy Spirit has for us according to the Bible. John 8:3-11 (NIV) “The teachers of the law and the Pharisees brought in a woman caught in adultery. They made her stand before the group 4 and said to Jesus, ‘Teacher, this woman was caught in the act of adultery. 5 In the Law Moses commanded us to stone such women. Now what do you say?’ 6 They were using this question as a trap, in order to have a basis for accusing him. But Jesus bent down and started to write on the ground with his finger. 7 When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, ‘Let any one of you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her.’ 8 Again he stooped down and wrote on the ground. 9 At this, those who heard began to go away one at a time, the older ones first, until only Jesus was left, with the woman still standing there. 10 Jesus straightened up and asked her, ‘Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?’ 11 ‘No one, sir,’ she said. ‘Then neither do I condemn you,’ Jesus declared. ‘Go now and leave your life of sin.”‘ She is told to leave the life style of sin she was living. This didn’t mean she would never commit sin again but she was never to return to the life style she was living. Many today do not preach repentance or really changing your life to adjust to what the Bible teaches. Matthew 7:15 (NIV) “”Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.”
We see many false churches embracing modern criticism concerning the Bible and are no longer preaching the morals of Scripture. They adjust to modern times. Jude 7 (NIV) “In a similar way, Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding towns gave themselves up to sexual immorality and perversion. They serve as an example of those who suffer the punishment of eternal fire.” Table of the Lord is not a rainbow church. We believe in every thing the Bible teaches about morality and sexual behavior. We have compassion and accept civil liberties. We do not bash but we stand up for Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures including all the teachings on the works of the flesh. Galatians 5:17-24 (NIV) “ For the flesh desires what is contrary to the Spirit, and the Spirit what is contrary to the flesh. They are in conflict with each other, so that you are not to do whatever you want. 18 But if you are led by the Spirit, you are not under the law. 19 The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; 20 idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions 21 and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. 24 Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” All manner of sin can be forgiven but cannot be justified and held onto like so many false churches allow today. Romans 1:18-32 (NIV) “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of people, who suppress the truth by their wickedness, 19 since what may be known about God is plain to them, because God has made it plain to them. 20 For since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – his eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that people are without excuse. 21 For although they knew God, they neither glorified him as God nor gave thanks to him, but their thinking became futile and their foolish hearts were darkened. 22 Although they claimed to be wise, they became fools 23 and exchanged the glory of the immortal God for images made to look like a mortal human being and birds and animals and reptiles. 24 Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. 25 They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshipped and served created things rather than the Creator – who is forever praised. Amen. 26 Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. 27 In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error. 28 Furthermore, just as they did not think it worth while to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. 29 They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, 30 slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; 31 they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. 32 Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them.”
Part of our repentance is forgiving one another: Luke 17:4(NIV) “Even if they sin against you seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying “I repent,” you must forgive them.” Many hold on to hatred, variance, contempt, grudging, self-righteousness and blaming. We are told in Scripture to let go of things. We can be right yet wrong in our attitude. Ephesians 4:31-32 (NIV) “ Get rid of all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of malice. 32 Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ God forgave you.” Just like a fishing boat that has a slow leak we have to get rid of things by staying in prayer and in love. It isn’t enough to just know the Scripture and assent to faith. We must work and practice our faith daily. 1 Corinthians 13:1-6 (NIV) “If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing. 4 Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5 It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6 Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.”
Part of our faith is fellow ship, it helps keep us clean: Hebrews 10:24-26 (NKJV “And let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works, 25 not forsaking the assembling of ourselves together, as is the manner of some, but exhorting one another, and so much the more as you see the Day approaching. 26 For if we sin willfully after we have received the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins
Remember what Scripture says about staying on the correct path: Matthew 7:13-14 (NIV) “Enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it. 14 but small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life, and only a few find it.” Never take your faith for granted.
Matthew 25:1-13 (NIV) “At that time the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish and five were wise. 3 The foolish ones took their lamps but did not take any oil with them. 4 The wise ones, however, took oil in jars along with their lamps. 5 The bridegroom was a long time in coming, and they all became drowsy and fell asleep. 6 ‘at midnight the cry rang out: “Here’s the bridegroom! Come out to meet him!” 7 ‘Then all the virgins woke up and trimmed their lamps. 8 The foolish ones said to the wise, “Give us some of your oil; our lamps are going out.” 9 ‘“No,” they replied, “there may not be enough for both us and you. Instead, go to those who sell oil and buy some for yourselves.” 10 ‘But while they were on their way to buy the oil, the bridegroom arrived. The virgins who were ready went in with him to the wedding banquet. And the door was shut. 11 ‘Later the others also came. “Lord, Lord,” they said, “open the door for us!” 12 ‘But he replied, “Truly I tell you, I don’t know you.” 13 ‘Therefore keep watch, because you do not know the day or the hour.
Remember what our glorified Lord wrote to the last church era of Laodicea:
Revelation 3:16-18 (NIV) “So, because you are lukewarm – neither hot nor cold – I am about to spit you out of my mouth. 17 You say, “I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need a thing.” But you do not realise that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. 18 I counsel you to buy from me gold refined in the fire, so that you can become rich; and white clothes to wear, so that you can cover your shameful nakedness; and salve to put on your eyes, so that you can see.”
Table of the Lord teaches that repentance is essential. We teach in maintaining our walk with God by prayer, reading our Bibles, fellowshipping in Churches that teach Jesus Christ according to the Scriptures. We believe in constantly being renewed and staying on fire.