Matthew Chapter 11 - "Woe to you, Chora’zin! woe to you, Beth-sa’ida! for if the mighty works done in you had been done in Tyre and Sidon, they would have** repent**ed long ago in sackcloth and ashes.
This is just one example of showing repentance. As a Catholic, the sacrament of reconciliation is one way of repenting. Because of preparing for going to confession with an examination of conscience, it also helps with the internal change needed for repentance.
I just wonder how a Protestant repents if he is already baptized and saved. Would a Protestant like to comment? If so, please tell me if you method of repenting helps you stay on the narrow path or do you fall into the same sin easily even after repentance?
I was born into a protestant family and have spanned the various denominations from the quite liberal to the ultra-fundamentalist. What I was always told and practiced is that repentance is the inward act towards God of turning away from sin and choosing to sin no more.
This in combination with truly apologizing from the heart is what I have always considered repentance. The act is all conducted internally without need of confession simply calling on Christ’s sacrifice for redemption.
With regards to staying on the path, being forgiven is a help but the moment by moment walk in the Lord is a better method for staying on course.
I’d prefer to avoid the argument about mediators and there being no need to confess to a priest, but instead, please tell me how a Protestant repents. Is it all internally, quietly telling God you are sorry for your sins or is there anything physically that you do to at least symbolize your change of heart or repentance?
I am curious about confession at this point and am leaning towards the Catholic faith. I have literally spent the better part of my Christian life under the assumption that the Catholic faith is incorrect in its teachings. I have also openly slammed the Catholic Church a thousand times.
I recently visited a chapel of adoration and I had a massive revelation in regards to God’s ‘literal’ presence in the Eucharist. I have felt the Lord on every occasion I have been exposed to Christ in the Eucharist and will certainly trust that confession is right after what I have been shown by God in the Catholic Church.
I must say that I have experienced Christ without being Catholic. The thing I find amazing in the Catholic Church is that you don’t need to merely search internally for Christ through meditation and prayer. You can simply go to him at any time and he is there without a doubt.
I feel that protestants myself included (until recently) are missing out on a great gift and resource from the lord by not understanding his literal presence in the Eucharist. It’s like going to the to an atomic reactor to fuel up in stead of running on spiritual fumes.
(sorry for going off topic)