Repentance signals a positive step in the most negative of situations—the overpowering of sin.
“So put away all filth and evil excess and humbly welcome the message implanted within you, which is able to save your souls” James 1.21. “[T]he putting away is something we must do for ourselves, since God will not, and others cannot, do it for us.” —Guy N. Woods, James, 81.
People who “claim to trust the Lord” but continue their injustice and refuse to repent at his warnings of judgment will be completely overthrown, Micah 3.11-12.
Repentance is the point of decision, the moment in which action is decided upon, motivated by faith in the truth of the gospel. It is the human pivot of allegiance whereas immersion is the transfer, on God’s part, of kingdoms.
God desires, and has always desired, good for all people. “For I take no delight in the death of anyone, declares the sovereign Lord. Repent and live!” Ezek 18.32.
Ignorance [of God] means rejection. It’s the act of not wanting to know. It’s the equivalent to the passive-aggressive behavior, but this time toward God. That’s dangerous!