Most Christians have heard of a day called, “the day of the LORD”, and know that it is a day of reckoning for those who are out of His will, rebelling against Him, and just living a life of debauchery. There was a time in the Nation of Judah, that a prophet by the name of Joel warned the people of the “day of the LORD”. He has asked them the question, “…Who can abide it?” Joel 2:11 (KJV)
There are days we hear of as followers of Jesus which we long for. One of those days is the day of the rapture of the Church. It will not be a good day for those who remain behind; it will in fact be a day of chaos. We as Christians need to be sure that our lives are right with Him, and not put on false pretenses of repentance, and sorrow over sin.
Hear the Word of the LORD:
“Therefore also now, saith the LORD, turn ye even to Me with all your heart, and with fasting, and with weeping, and with mourning: And rend your heart, and not your garments, and turn unto the LORD your God: for He is gracious and merciful, slow to anger and of great kindness, and repenteth Him of the evil.” Joel 2:12-13 (KJV).
False repentance is just as bad, if not worse than no repentance. False repentance is just what is seen in the above verses. The religious Jew sometimes to show sorrow, grief, and/or a repentant attitude tore a portion of their outer garment. This they did for show in these days. As followers of Jesus, and just as then, God knows our hearts, our attitude of mind. We cannot fool God, the One who knows all things. False repentance is an act to show others how religious, and how badly we seem to feel concerning sin.
There is a word for that which Jesus used for many of the religious leaders of His day. That word is “Hypocrite”. That is ‘A pretender’, an actor. Another term for that could be, “a wolf in sheeps clothing”. Why is it that too many times Christians are sheep in wolves clothing? Let’s be true, and show forth a true repentance.
-Tim A. Blankenship