By Dr. David M. Bonner
Jesus Christ died upon the cruel cross of
Calvary to pay for the sins of the whole world. He died for all
the sins of generations PAST, PRESENT, and FUTURE. In Lk. 13:3
Jesus said, "EXCEPT YE REPENT, ye shall all likewise perish."
When it comes to the need for repentance, there are three options
1) Everyone is saved regardless of repentance.
2) You only have to repent at the time of initial
salvation. Since you are once saved, always saved at salvation,
future repentance of any sins committed later is immaterial to
3) God not only requires repentance of sins at
the time of your initial salvation, but also requires us to repent
whenever we may sin in the future.
WHICH IS MORE LOGICAL &
Those who believe in universal salvation say
option #1. They say the whole world is already saved, even without
repentance, since Jesus died for everyone's sins (past, present,
Others pick option #2. In a recent lecture I
attended in another town, a seminary professor said he could
leave his wife, run off with a 16 year old girl, live in adultery
for the rest of his life, never repent, and he would still go
to heaven. He said he was not advocating sin, but said there
are good, better, best and even though it would be best if he
did not live in adultery, he believed God would still work it
out to his good if he did. He preached once saved, always saved.
Friends, that kind of teaching is not only contrary
to the Bible, but its effect is contrary to promoting morality
in our nation! Hebrews 10:26 tells Christians, "For if we
sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the
truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins." Jesus
Christ did not die for sins we willfully commit and will not
This means options #1 & #2 are incorrect.
In Acts 8:22 the apostle Peter told Simon, "Repent therefore
of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought
of thine heart may be forgiven thee." Jesus had already
died for this mans sins (past, present, future) and he had become
a Christian, but the Bible says these new sins were not forgiven
until he repented of them.