What Is Real Repentance?

What Is Real Repentance?

Leaders for ‘The Return,’ a National Prayer Observance on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C., Urge a 180-Degree Turn for America

June 1, 2020

NEW YORK—Believers and nonbelievers alike know that repentance is turning away from sin. But what does that truly mean?

Real repentance refers to a change of thinking, a renewing of the mind, which then produces a change of living.

The hope and prayer of a group of nationally known leaders, led by Jonathan Cahn and Kevin Jessip, is that a national and global movement called The Return, culminating with a major event on Sept. 26 in Washington, D.C., will spur people everywhere to call upon the Lord and repent.

Repentance is a turnaround of a sinful, self-centered way within us,” said Cahn. “Repentance is a 180-degree turn in our heart and mind. A person is going one way, then realizes he is going the wrong direction and turns to the right direction. We are a tri-part creation of spirit, soul and body. We turn away from self-serving activities and turn to God, to walk in His ways.”

“The Return” focuses on these five elements of a journey that leads to God’s redemption of the human condition, knowing that it is only the Holy Spirit who can lead a person to return to God:

  1. Repentance
  2. Reconciliation
  3. Restoration
  4. Revival
  5. Reformation

“Repentance is not a one-time occurrence, but a way of life,” Jessip added. “When we turn from our sin to the Savior, it’s that repentant attitude that continues through our life’s journey. An unbeliever doesn’t have a repentant heart toward his sin. An unbeliever, or one who thinks he or she is right with God, yet has not repented of sin, is living in self-deceit. On the other hand, a true Christian, a follower of Christ, trembles at God’s Word consistently, and he believes His Word, therefore, walks in a reverent fear of the Lord.”

“The Return” is for all believers who love the Lord from all denominations and backgrounds. Believers and leaders already on board with “The Return” include everyone from Pat Robertson to James Dobson to Billy Graham’s daughter Anne Graham Lotz to Martin Luther King’s niece Alveda King—and many more.

Continued Cahn, “Genuine repentance will produce a change in the way we live our everyday lives. The Gospel writers record that man must ‘bear fruit in keeping with repentance’ (Matthew 3:8, Luke 3:8). What God requires of us is a humble admission of the sins we’ve committed, the will of God we have violated, and for us to offer Him a willingness to have a change of mind and heart, and to walk in the fruits of repentance brings, which is joy and freedom!”

Cahn has also recorded a special video for “The Return,” which already has over a million views. Watch here.

“The Return” is set for 40 days before the presidential election, and on the 400th anniversary of the sailing of the Mayflower, in the days of America’s founding and dedication to God. Surrounding the “The Day of Return” on Sept. 26 will be 10 days, known from ancient times as the Days of Awe, to be set as a special time of prayer and repentance from Sept. 18-28.

Coordinated events within “The Return” movement will also take place throughout America’s cities, towns, houses of worship and homes, as well as in multiple countries around the world, as many believe the nation has been given a critical window of opportunity to repent and return to God.

Visit “The Return” at www.TheReturn.org to register and learn more. Follow “The Return” on social media at Facebook: @ReturnEvent2020; Twitter: @2020_Return; and Instagram: @The_Return2020.

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