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Dear Fred

Please explain repentance in the context of accepting Christ as savior. I know unsaved people who think they have to clean up their life and keep it that way before they turn to Jesus for salvation. However, they do not believe they can stop smoking or whatever, so they put off walking the aisle and being baptised. How can I explain repentance and salvation to these folks?

Fred's Response

Repentance is simply admitting you are a sinner and turning around, asking Christ to give you strength to clean up your life. It is a common mistake for people to think they have to clean up their life before coming to Christ. Remember the old hymn, “Just as I am, without one plea, But that Thy blood was shed for me, And that Thou bidst me come to Thee, O Lamb of God, I come, I come.