Past Repentance :: By Grant Phillips

I can’t think of anything more bone-chillingly terrifying than being past repentance with almighty God, that point where the person’s heart is so stone-cold hard, they will not listen to the call of God’s Spirit. Unfortunately, there are those who have said “No” so many times, it has gotten easier and easier until it eventually reached the point of zero interest in God or anything associated with Him. They have advanced to the point of hatred and total indifference toward God.

Can these folks be saved? Yes, but God is not going to drag them across Heaven’s threshold. Even though His desire is that everyone be saved, He will not override the free will of anyone. He will provide every opportunity possible, but the Lord is respectful of anyone’s decision to refuse His invitation to be saved through Jesus Christ. God chooses hell for no one. Man chooses hell for himself when he refuses God’s grace.

Millions of people are in hell today because they snubbed God’s grace, tried His patience, and begged for judgment. Even Judas was given every opportunity by Jesus to be saved and not damned. However, he pushed it right up to the point that Satan entered him that infamous night, then it was too late. He was past repentance and sits in hell today, awaiting his final judgment at the Great White Throne.

Many nations are in the dustbins of history because they refused to repent and instead brought down the wrath of God upon themselves. I believe that this once great country is rushing headlong down that same path of destruction. Our pride knows no limits, and our day of reckoning is fast approaching. Could our judgment as a nation be avoided? I believe it could, but I honestly don’t believe it will be avoided simply because we will not truly repent as a nation. Some ask, “but what about a revival?” A true, honest and heartfelt revival as a nation could possibly result in God’s mercy, but it isn’t going to happen. We are past repentance, in my opinion.

God said to Jeremiah, concerning Jerusalem’s rebellion against Him, the following words:

“So do not pray for this people nor offer any plea or petition for them; do not plead with me, for I will not listen to you” (Jeremiah 7:16).

“Then the LORD said to me: ‘Even if Moses and Samuel were to stand before me, my heart would not go out to this people. Send them away from my presence! Let them go!” (Jeremiah 15:1).

They had finally pushed God to the point that the only thing left was the “woodshed.”

We are nearing the end of the Church age. Through the apostle Paul, the Lord told us how we cross each line God has drawn in the sand. Each time a nation or people crossed a line, He “gave them over” to their own desires.

First, our hearts are drawn to sexual impurity. Even those who call themselves Christians say, “It’s my body. I can do as I please.” We refuse His Genesis Truth and believe in evolution instead. From there, we question everything God has made so clear in His Word. We worship our jobs and our weekend toys, anything but God.

[1] “Therefore God gave them over in the sinful desires of their hearts to sexual impurity for the degrading of their bodies with one another. They exchanged the truth about God for a lie, and worshiped and served created things rather than the Creator—who is forever praised. Amen” (Romans 1:24-25).

Secondly, our sexual habits have become stale, so why not try what that satanic voice is whispering in our ears? Homosexuality is a curse to any nation and people.

[2] “Because of this, God gave them over to shameful lusts. Even their women exchanged natural sexual relations for unnatural ones. In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed shameful acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their error” (Romans 1:26-27).

Last of all, nothing is off-limits. Anything and everything must be enjoyed by a corrupt people. Every “fix” requires something more and more disgusting to match the previous “high.” They call out to the heavens, “God hasn’t done anything yet, so see, there is no God! I’ll do whatever pleases me!”

[3] “Furthermore, just as they did not think it worthwhile to retain the knowledge of God, so God gave them over to a depraved mind, so that they do what ought not to be done. They have become filled with every kind of wickedness, evil, greed and depravity. They are full of envy, murder, strife, deceit and malice. They are gossips, slanderers, God-haters, insolent, arrogant and boastful; they invent ways of doing evil; they disobey their parents; they have no understanding, no fidelity, no love, no mercy. Although they know God’s righteous decree that those who do such things deserve death, they not only continue to do these very things but also approve of those who practice them” (Romans 1:28-32).

When the third stage is reached, there is only one thing left for a totally corrupt people … judgment. Sadly, we are up to our eyeballs in phase three of Romans 1:28-32. Jesus said, “As it was in the days of Noah, so it will be at the coming of the Son of Man” (Matthew 24:37). Well, how was it in the days of Noah?

“The LORD saw how great the wickedness of the human race had become on the earth, and that every inclination of the thoughts of the human heart was only evil all the time” (Genesis 6:5).

The people of that day had come to the point of being past repentance. If the Tribulation occurs in our lifetime, society will be even more corrupt than it is now, basically because the Holy Spirit will have removed the Church. There will be many in that day who will be past repentance. There will be no forgiveness offered to them.

“They perish because they refused to love the truth and so be saved. For this reason God sends them a powerful delusion so that they will believe the lie and so that all will be condemned who have not believed the truth but have delighted in wickedness” (2 Thessalonians 2:10b-12).

What is this verse saying? I have heard various opinions from respected men of God. In my opinion, it means that if your heart is past repentance now, and the Tribulation occurs in our lifetime, there will be no forgiveness then. All you will receive is a powerful delusion to continue believing the lie of Satan. What is “the lie?” Satan’s lie is simply “any way but God’s way.”

There is no hope for us as a nation, but there is hope for anyone who will not shut God out of their life. Open your heart today and call upon Him now, before you take yourself past repentance.

Grant Phillips


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