Is Repentance A ‘Secondary Issue’?
I recently made a public request for Dan Phillips of the PyroManiacs blog (or what’s left of it) to respond to his position on repentance. I did so because Dan takes the position that many will be able to repent and be saved after our Lord Jesus Christ returns again.
God has declared clearly before all men that Christ Jesus will not return to this earth to deal with sin in any way other than in judgment, and that includes geo-political Israel.
Here’s what God says:
And inasmuch as it is appointed for men to die once and after this comes judgment, so Christ also, having been offered once to bear the sins of many, will appear a second time for salvation without reference to sin, to those who eagerly await Him. – Hebrews 9:27-28 (emphasis mine)
Dan Phillips disagrees. So does John MacArthur. Why? Is it not abundantly clear that when Christ returns, it’s too late for repentance and salvation for those who rejected Him prior in life? One thing is for certain, to oppose such clear teaching from God’s Word is nothing short of unorthodoxy. It affects the purity of the Gospel.
When I posted that request, here is Dan’s response on the import of the question:
I’d like to ask Dan just exactly how is God’s Word wrong? Because that is exactly what he is saying. God says Christ will not deal with repentance at the Second Advent, and Dan says – and teaches - that He will.
Dan’s refusal, or fear (more likely), to address this important issue reminds me of the whole dodge and dance of the Ergun Caner scandal. And Ergun hasn’t repented yet.
Of course, Dan is not the only one protecting this false teaching within the church. So is James White, I’m sad to say. Dr. White, it seems, although he is not a dispensationalist, and will quickly tell you so, and although he is a well-known apologists – won’t touch this issue. I think we know why.
Has repentance become a ‘secondary issue?’ It appears so in Dan and John MacArthur’s thinking…and teaching.
The real shame is that such clear teaching of God’s Word is either rejected by popular Christian teachers or, is ignored for selfish gain and preservation of career. Whatever that’s worth in eternity.