“If we preach a “gospel” with no call to repentance we are preaching something other than the apostolic gospel.
If we knowing allow unconcerned, impenitent sinners into the membership and ministry of the church, we are deceiving their souls and putting ours at risk as well.
If we think people can find a Savior without forsaking their sin, we do not know what sort of Savior Jesus Christ is.
There are few things more important in life than repentance. So important, that Revelation, and the gospels, and the epistles, and the Old Testament make clear that you don’t go to heaven without it.”
-Excerpt from a really good explanation on the differences between regret, embarrassment, apologies and repentance from Kevin DeYoung. Read the whole article at http://thegospelcoalition.org/blogs/kevindeyoung/2014/04/11/repent-for-the-kingdom-of-heaven-is-at-hand/