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The message of John the Baptist was “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand” (Matthew 3:2). The Kingdom was coming then in the Person of the Saviour; it was a spiritual Kingdom, the reign of God in the hearts of men. The Kingdom is coming soon; it will be a visible Kingdom when the King returns and once again our message should be “Repent ye, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” Christ’s message to the church for this hour is “Repent.” But who dares to call the average Sunday-morning congregation to repentance? Said Joseph Parker: “The man whose message is ‘Repent’ sets himself against his age and will be battered mercilessly by the age whose moral tone he challenges. There is but one end for such a man…off with his head! You had better not preach repentance until you have pledged your head to heaven.”

Repentance was preached by the prophets, apostles and Jesus Christ Himself (Luke 13:3,5).  It was the first thing to come to Jesus’ lips in His public ministry after he endured the temptation in the wilderness!  Read Matthew 4:17.  It was the only doctrine that John the Baptist preached as he prepared the way for Christ.  It is impossible to be saved without repenting!  When one truly receives Jesus Christ as personal Lord and Savior, by default they have repented.  Many in the church shun this doctrine, which tells me there are many unsaved church members who are starched, pressed and ironed but not washed in the blood with extreme sorrow over their sins.   All Because Of Him, Pastor Steve

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