REPENTANCE, Tom Cucuzza New Booklet Free Download

Brand New — just published July 4, 2014:
REPENTANCE
Its Meaning and application

Repentance Booklet PDF <<Click to download

Clear, simple and understandable for everyone.  For those who really want to understand the most maligned word in the Holy Bible.

42 responses to “REPENTANCE, Tom Cucuzza New Booklet Free Download

  1. You can repent without believing, but you cannot believe without repenting.

  2. Phil, agree that changing your mind about your sins (being sorry for them, desiring to turn from them, etc.) is not a necessary condition to receiving or keeping eternal life.

    And, knowing you are a sinner will not save you. Believing in Jesus as Savior is how one receives eternal life.

  3. Repentance as presented in much of today’s churches is given in a two part package: you must see yourself as a sinner in need of salvation and then trust in Christ to save you- AND both elements MUST be present in their eyes for salvation to be genuine. But that like putting the cart before the horse, Seeing yourself as a sinner, changing you mind about your sins doesn’t save you: it can only LEAD you to believe the gospel of your salvation from your sins.
    The only repentance that a person needs to have to receive salvation is changing his mind and believing the gospel of his salvation. There are going to be various things that lead to this, like seeing your sinful condition, but changing ones mind/ repenting about one’s sins is not what brings salvation.
    All of us have our own stories of how we came to trust in Christ for salvation. But there is only one thing that saves us, Christ death and resurrection from the dead and our personal acceptance by faith in this good news, and not our personal feelings or changes of mind (repenting) about our sins…. These things don’t qualify us or make us presentable for God to save us: they can only help bring us to the point of faith in the gospel.

  4. The people who have tried to twist the meaning of “repent” from simply change of mind to forsaking one’s sins to be saved have this notion stuck in their minds that in order for a person to be saved they can’t just simply accept by faith the finished work of Christ for their salvation: they also have to say a person must also make himself fit or worthy to be saved by “repenting of their sins”, which is unscriptural. ” I think this is how “repenting of sin” get added to some of these modern versions like the NLT.

  5. Welcome Mathew
    would like to see that booklet when complete Repent is one of the most confused word there is there are other’s.

    Using the NLT for bible study is like using sidewalk chaulk to write a novel

  6. Hi Matthew, I have gone over and started reading. May I suggest not using NLT at least? They put ‘repent from sin’ at least a dozen times in the place of metanoia and metanoeo. Trying to explain the error while using one of the very corrupted paraphrases to do it will defeat your purpose. I hope you’ll consider that carefully.

  7. Matthew, we are glad you enjoyed Tom’s booklet!

    We have not vetted your site, so we would rather not post the link.

    If any of our readers would like to read your article, I was able to find it by searching under your name with the article name.

  8. Matthew Sheeks

    That’s a pretty cool booklet! I’m actually writing an article series on the same topic. It’s called “Repent about Repentance”. One of the articles is on how Bible Dictionaries and Lexicons define the word, and shows how all of them (although some were a little careless!) define the word as a change of mind. There’s a pretty cool infographic that lays out the information in an easy to understand way. Feel free to steal it and share it: (link removed by administrator),

  9. Thanks everyone.

    Good point about how the ungodly cannot do that which is godly.

    I also liked the point about adding joy as another characteristic. If we can say that sorrow is a characteristic, then joy may also be a characteristic; and maybe, there are even more characteristics we can add until we have a long list of what is required to be saved.

  10. Dan and John, that’s how I look at that passage in 2 Cor 7 too. When I am having difficulty, I usually look at the opposite viewpoint. The passage is spoken to believers and regarding sinful behavior that Paul has had to come to them more than once about.

    So I apply the opposite as if it didn’t happen i.e.

    “Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. 10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. 11 For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”

    Now I am NOT rejoicing because my letter did NOT make you sorry. And since you weren’t made sorry, you still have not changed your mind about what you are doing wrong. You weren’t made sorry because of your ungodly manner…. you have not proved yourself clear in this matter etc., etc.

    It may seem simplistic, but it helped me realize not only were believers spoken to, but as John said, only godly can even sorrow after a certain manner, and it took them some time because they needed the Word spoken to them as Paul did through his letters.

    It’s just further proof, the ungodly cannot produce a godly act. Nor can we except through His power in our lives as believers, and this is what sanctification (practical) is, in that He is delivering us from the power of sin in our lives, we are being saved from that. We have already been saved from sin’s penalty when we believed.

  11. Jon, just shared those Understanding Repentance links by Tom on one of our Bible Berean groups on FB. Have shared the booklet too, yes, they were good, and just shared the sermons with someone else today.

  12. What about the fact that we see different reactions when people were saved, so shall we add those as a necessity, i.e. joy? If you don’t react in joy, you have not repented?

  13. I am cautious of an action towards sin before salvation in a doctrinal statement under salvation.

    sin is not the issue for eternal life , its unbelief

    Rom_3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God

    Rom 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
    sin has already been paid for
    when an assembly puts an action towards sin before salvation to me this is adding an element of mans effort and more than not it is back door LS meaning works is evidence of salvation.

    here is a novel idea for salvation come to Jesus WITH all your sin as you are, were you are, there you are .

    God be merciful to me a sinner.
    this man went down to his house justified

    Luk 18:13 And the publican, standing afar off, would not lift up so much as his eyes unto heaven, but smote upon his breast, saying, God be merciful to me a sinner.
    Luk 18:14 I tell you, this man went down to his house justified rather than the other: for every one that exalteth himself shall be abased; and he that humbleth himself shall be exalted.

    Rom_2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?

    also to me Paul in this chapter is referring to believer people
    2Co 7:1 Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.

  14. Dan, interesting question.

    The sorrow for sin, referred to in 2 Corinthians includes the qualifier “godly.” I don’t think an unsaved person would have a godly sorrow, since the Bible states that God justifies the ungodly (see Romans 4:5 and 5:6).

    Knowledge that one has sinned and is in need of a Savior could be accompanied by sorrow for sin. But, the gospel is what ultimately leads one to faith in Christ (see Romans 1:16).

  15. In the article, in reference to 2 Cor 7:10, Pastor Cucuzza writes:

    [quote]
    Many want to use this verse for going to Heaven, or salvation, but that is not the context. It is Paul dealing with the saints at Corinth. They were already believers. Yes, Christians need to repent as well as lost people. We see this in Revelation 3:19 as well. Christians many times need to have a change of mind concerning the way they are thinking. They also need to have a change of mind concerning the way they are living.

    As one commentator says: “‘Repent’ is the translation of a Greek verb metanoeo, meaning to have another mind, to change the mind, and is used in the New Testament to indicate a change of mind in respect to sin, God, and self. This change of mind may, especially in the case of Christians who have fallen into sin, be preceded by sorrow (2 Cor 7:8-11); but sorrow for sin, though it may cause repentance, is not repentance.”
    [/quote]

    A church I have recently visited has the following in their statement of faith:

    [quote]
    “We believe that human repentance is a change of mind and purpose towards God prompted by the Holy Spirit; that it is characterized by godly sorrow for sin as offensive to God and ruinous to the soul; and that true repentance is inseparably related to true faith. (Luke 13:1-3; 15:7; Acts 8:22; Romans 2:4; II Corinthians 7:10; Acts 20:21)”
    [/quote]

    …the clause “characterized by godly sorrow” is referent to 2 Cor 7:10. Of course, requiring sorrow for sin to be connected to repentance leaves me uneasy, as then we would need to ask, “how much sorrow is necessary?…what quality makes the sorrow ‘godly’ sorrow?…If a certain amount of sorrow is necessary, then do we lose assurance?”…etc…

    My question regards comparing Pastor Cucuzza’s quote of “but sorrow for sin, though it may cause repentance” to the statement above of “[repentance] is characterized by godly sorrow for sin.”

    If we call repentance unto eternal salvation a subset of repentance in general, then could the “sorrow for sin” lead to repentance unto eternal salvation just as “sorrow for sin” in general leads to repentance relating to sanctification?

  16. Just wanted to share that my wife and I have recently listened to Tom’s sermons on Understanding Repentance. We are both so grateful for the CLEAR teaching on this subject. Thanks Tom.

  17. Preston, funny, I have been re-reading Acts too, and the Ethiopian was reading ‘Isaiah’s report’ found in Isaiah 53 starting in vs. 7-8 and it said Philip began at the same Scripture and preached Jesus.

    The funny part of Isaiah 53? It addresses sinners, but never ‘repenting’ or ‘turning’ from sin. What it addresses about sin in general is that it was Jesus who was the offering for sin. It was He who was bruised for our iniquities, it was the Lord who laid everyone’s sin upon Jesus. It was Jesus who bore our sin. It was Jesus who made intercession for transgressors. The only ‘turning’ regarding sin that was spoken about was that ALL of us have gone astray and every one has turned to his own way….

    Never saw any requirement of turning from sin preached to the Eunuch whether in the preaching of Jesus from Isaiah 53 or the account of it in Acts 8. It’s all about Christ and HIM crucified.

    And you are right, the Eunuch went off rejoicing!

  18. John I just saw your comment, and appreciate you bringing up 2 Cor 7. It is so true that many misunderstand that repentance and also that salvation, they think speaks to eternal life.

    What has self righteousness ever gotten anyone, do they not understand that is of the law? And no one has ever been made righteous by it? The worse part, if so, Christ died in vain?

    I think this is the part people do not understand why we ‘make such a big deal about this’. They ask, “Don’t you want Christ to be your Lord?”

    Yes, and He is…. they don’t understand what lordshippers teach and that it has nothing to do with wanting Christ as our Lord, He is Lord period. These teachers malign and blaspheme the way of truth by their addition of self-righteous requirement and Romans 10:3 defines them well, similar to the Pharisees of old.

  19. Jim Floyd, I believe so, by giving them the identity of twin sisters, sure seems so.

  20. John – so true, typical of lordship salvationists, trusting their experience or feelings, but I wonder how can they trust it’s enough sorrow, enough penitence? Word of faith, which most often are lordship teachers too, also lean heavily and look for and compare their own experiences and salvation with others.

    I thought instantly of the Roman Catholic flavor infused into his comment.

  21. Good day,

    I THINK it was the etheopian in Acts where he was in a chariot, Phillip went to him. He was reading scripture (Isaiah) and didn’t understand it. Philip explained it to him and he believed.
    – no “godly” sorrow in this example of a conversion.

  22. Holly, this part of the Spurgeon quote really troubles me:

    People seem to jump into faith very quickly nowadays. . . . I hope my old friend repentance is not dead.

    At the core of this is self-righteousness. The “people” to whom Spurgeon refers, must have meant those who were not as grieved over their sin, or as resolved to turn from their sin, as Spurgeon himself was. This is evident by the continuation of the quote, in which he gives his own experience, contrasting his experience with that of people who “jump into faith very quickly.” The inference is that those who “jump into faith very quickly” may not be “true believers.”

    I think that 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 has been misused to try to insert sorrow for sin as a necessary condition for repentance that accompanies saving faith in Christ as Savior. Since God justifies only the ungodly (Romans 4:5), the “godly sorrow” to which Paul refers in 2 Corinthians 7:10 could not be exercised by non-believers. Therefore, “godly sorrow” is never presented as a condition, or necessary accompaniment, to repentance in the context of receiving eternal life. Instead, 2 Corinthians 7:9-11 refers to repentance by Christians.

  23. Spurgeon doesn’t sound there like he thinks repentance is synonymous with faith in terms of receiving eternal life. He makes it an addition to faith like so many others.

    Jim F

  24. Holly, I know I’m not answering your question directly, but Spurgeon’s testimony is typical of Lordship “Salvationists”. They replace biblical teaching with their personal experiences, as if their feelings and experiences trump the Word of God.

  25. Tom, I have a question, or for anyone here that may know the answer. I know that we got some of what we believed repentance to mean from penance or penitence from the Latin. Not quite certain of the history, but here is an interesting quote I saw today, (made on July 4th) on Ray Comfort’s FB page.

    A Charles Spurgeon quote regarding repentance
    (Warning: He is Lordship/Calvinist – this is not a good quote, but I thought people should see how skewed the teachers are, and they all love to have it so.)

    “I trust that sorrowful penitence does still exist, though I have not heard much about it lately. People seem to jump into faith very quickly nowadays. . . . I hope my old friend repentance is not dead. I am desperately in love with repentance; it seems to be the twin sister of faith. I do not myself understand much about dry-eyed faith; I know that I came to Christ by the way of weeping-cross. . . . When I came to Calvary by faith, it was with great weeping and supplication, confessing my transgressions, and desiring to find salvation in Jesus, and in Jesus only.” C. H. Spurgeon

    So sad, sounds as if he is convincing himself. I thought instantly of Judas having great sorrow, repented himself, admitted his sin, even confessing what he had done. Son of perdition.

  26. One of my friends told me they were reading this article by Tom today, so very happy about that, and appreciate you doing this Tom and John and Jack. Keep on doing good…

  27. Thank you for the study on repentance . to me it is the foundation of the biblical gospel in understanding and in being a witness of the gospel.

  28. John John, glad to see you here. I thank God for His goodness to be encouragements, I have been praying for a little guy, his name is John John for awhile. And his father who doesn’t understand that eternal life is inherent in the gospel. Anyhow, just smiled when I saw your name.

    God bless.

  29. Tom Cucuzza

    Thank you William for the encouraging words. May we lovingly and boldly proclaim the precious gospel of Christ as the only way to Heaven while we still have time. Jesus is coming at any moment.

    Tom Cucuzza

  30. Dr. Cucuzza’s article on REPENTANCE is the best! It definitely eliminates the gray clouds of confusion surrounding it. This paper on repentance ought to be translated into foreign languages because there is so much confusion in the church today over the issue of repentance all over the world.

  31. Thanks Jim Floyd for clarifying and confirming Sam’s excellent point.

    Sam, I apologize that I did not catch it immediately.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  32. Sam, you are correct. Being saved by grace through faith is not the same as trying to repent of your sins for salvation. Many many people do not understand which is why I am so thankful for resources like this one.

  33. Murray,

    Thanks and welcome.

    True, we are thankful that you are one of those rare folks who understand and teach the Truth of scripture — that each person must make his own personal, one time decision to believe on Jesus Whom God has sent. By Grace alone through his Faith decision alone in Jesus Christ alone. That is God’s Eternal Salvation. (Ephesians 2:8-9)

    You may reproduce the booklet and distribute it to your church membership and Bible studies.

    Come back often – we welcome your comments.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  34. Murray Atkin

    Thanks for your letter … we have been telling people the same message too & have had great success with non believers in a tract but not pastors etc. They say you must repent of sin first … John 6:29 says that it is the work of God that you believe on him who he hath sent!

  35. Sam, Thanks,

    Please restate your statement/question.. not sure we understand.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  36. John John

    Welcome — we appreciate your comment.

    No need to lay low — you are safely in our Oasis of Grace here at ExP and we love those who love the Truth of the Gospel. Drop by any time, peruse our many articles and comment.

    In Jesus Christ eternally, Jack

  37. Hi everyone. I’m John John and have been visiting for a bit (and laying low). I appreciate the resources here and the stimulating dialogue. Just downloaded the REPENTANCE booklet and would like to say Thanks!

    Bless you all in Christ.
    John John

  38. sorry i mean cant believe faith is enough

  39. thanks for the booklet Tom Ive read your book secure forever several times it has helped me explain the Gospel.The churches ive been in all say your saved by grace through faith but still say you have to repent of your sins for salvation.I guess they can believe faith is enough no matter how its presented to them.

  40. Thank you Tom, really appreciate your stand for the gospel, and I think this is really important for people to understand. For their own salvation as well as ever hoping to see increase in any labor in the harvest, because what they are planting is bad seed, and they are watering with the law. Their own self righteousness…. breaks my own heart thinking of who/when in my life I might have done the same. But I am so very thankful He has shown me what it is like to produce fruit through abiding in Him, and His word, able to now sow good seed, and watering properly with a clear gospel, and truth that is not twisted or corrupted.

    Thank you, thank you both….

  41. Tom Cucuzza

    Holly,

    You said :These same people say that you don’t have the power to believe, but you do have the power to turn from all your sins? Amazing…”

    This is a great statement. Thanks for the input.

    Tom Cucuzza

  42. Tom said, “Some would say repentance means that one has to be willing to turn from their sins.

    Let’s think about this for a moment: If you say that a person has to be willing to turn from his sins in order to be saved, then you are saying that a lost person has to have a mental commitment or intention to do so. In other
    words, they are committing or promising to do it in the future….”</i

    Funny, was just discussing this with some on Ray Comfort, who says you must 'turn from all of your sins". Just wondering how that's working for him. Also marvel that anyone thinks that a sinner, who is identified as being without strength, ungodly, and obviously unrighteous can 'turn from sin'?

    These same people say that you don't have the power to believe, but you do have the power to turn from all your sins? Amazing…

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