Forgiveness - Luke 17:3

"Take heed to yourselves: If thy brother trespass against thee, rebuke him; and IF he repent, forgive him." - Luke 17:3 (KJV)
The verse above seems to indicate that forgiveness is mandatory only in case of repentance. What about when your brother refuses to repent? Or even better, if your brother does not admit to any wrongdoing? What are you forgiving them of, if they say they didn't do anything wrong?

I think many Christians have "gone off the deep end" in teaching forgiveness in ways that have become un-biblical. Teaching forgiveness, without teaching repentance, is doctrine that is out of balance. Does God forgive us if we do not turn from our sins? Or does God forgive us and save us, even if we live any kind of way and blaspheme his name, long as we warm a pew? JESUS taught that one sin is unforgivable (Matt 12:31) - blasphemy against the Holy Spirit. How can one be forgiven of blasphemy which is a rejection of God, when God alone saves? Are there churches forgiving blasphemies, when Jesus said not to?

Did Jesus say "I forgive you" while turning over tables in the temple (John 2:13-17)? Did Peter say "I forgive you" while rebuking an unrepentant Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5:1-10)? Did Paul say "I forgive you" while rebuking an unrepentant Elymas (Acts 13:8-11)? Today, if a Christian shows any kind of backbone and stands up for something, they are the ones who are unforgiven, while the unrepentant run amok. Speaking the truth may not cost lives any more, in the USA, but it does cost in terms of well being and fame. What kind of a parent can say they love their child and does not correct their child, teach them right from wrong, whether the child wants to hear it or not.

Love is not just hugs, it is correction also -> Rev 3:19

New Testament - Repent 66 hits; Forgive 59 hits
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Powder Puffs

I agree with you in that today's Christians are powder puffs. They know nothing of the sacrifices that were demanded of the early and 3rd world Christians. The majority of Christian churches are social clubs and if you don't fit in your not wanted. The pastors teach a watered down Christ because they are afraid to lose their job. Everyone sins because they have a vague idea of what forgiveness from Jesus is and believe that some where down they road the will get that forgiveness for sins. When was the last time you went to a funeral and the pastor said that this person was an unforgiven sinner and is on his way to hell? No Americans are for the majority, worthless Christians that have little idea of what they believe or have even read the Bible... Go to the "bible belt" and look at the divorce/remarriage rate.... it will make you cry. No most Christians have no idea of what sin is, how Jesus extended it to cover our very desires and thoughts, or what real forgiveness entails.

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