Fear of God Devotional: What Does False Repentance Look Like?

What is an example of false repentance?

Paul Carrington explains in this video that he has come across several individuals who he thought they were truly born again but realized that they had fallen away or may have never been saved. He shares an example of one man who was addicted to drugs. After hearing the Gospel, he had rid his life of drugs, got a job, started coming to church, and was baptized. In short, he had turned his entire life around.  

But, over the course of time, he would not part with certain sins. He didn’t have a great appetite for the things of God. He later argued that there were other ways to be saved. Before long, he fell away entirely. Now, he has no desire for God and is living as though he was never been saved. His outward reform lasted a few years, but it was all a mirage – it was not true repentance.

John 15:4 (NKJV) – “Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in Me.”