Much error in the "easy believism" camp is being promoted, relegating Repentance to a forgotten doctrine Repentance is a voluntary change in the mind of the sinner in which he turns from sin. It involves all aspects of the mind - change of view, change of feeling, change of purpose. (1) Change of view, an intellectual element - Ps 51:3,7,11 would be a proper example recognizing personal guilt, defilement before a holy God and helplessness of man. Sadly, man can have a fear of punishment and no real hatred of sin, and this is a false repentance. Pharaoh (Ex 9:27); Balaam (Num 22:34); Achan (Josh 7:20); Saul (I Sam 15:24) So it needs (2) Change of feeling, an emotional element - sorrow for sin as committed against goodness and justice and therefore hateful to God. Psa 51:1,2,10,14 again is excellent teaching, along with II Cor 7:10. This causes man not to think "What will this sin bring me?" but focuses on "What does my sin mean to God?" And a third aspect (3) Change of purpose, a volitional element - in addition to Acts 11:18; Jer 25:5; we see Ps 51:5,7,10 here. Repentance is wholly an inward act, not to be confused with the outward changes in life that will subsequently follow. "Fruit" of repentance like Lk 18:13's confession of sin and Lk 19:8's restitution for wrongs are distinguished in Mt 3 (repentance v fruit worthy of that repentance"). Using Scripture to illustrate the three aspects (from Ps 51) is an excellent way not to fall into Balaam's error.