|God's power to change a person and heal the wounded soul|
|“Part of the ex-gay movement's mission, surprisingly, has been to educate the Church on just how powerful the blood of Jesus really is. Christians come up to us all the time and make remarks such as, "I didn't know God can change a homosexual," or "That's one of the most amazing testimonies I have ever heard." They really think that this is incredible (and virtually impossible). Because it happened to me, I obviously don't have a problem believing it; however, I often have to quote scriptures such as "with God anything is possible!" to churched Christians. People need to be encouraged to believe that God's miracles are for today and can heal the wounded soul.”|
Metanoia is a Greek term (μετάνοια) used repeatedly in the New Testament[note 1] to mean repentance or penance. It comes from the Greek words "Meta", meaning after, beyond, or with, and "Noia", meaning thought.
Metanoia as a change of heart and mind is, together with turning away (epistrephein) from the dominion of heathen idolatry or Jewish phariseeism, the part of conversion, a hoped-for response to preaching Gospel.
According to Nazi resister Wilhelm Busch, when a person accepts Jesus, a real revolution begins in his life. The man who accepts Jesus begins a completely new life, and God gives him his Spirit who changes one's desires and even the way of thinking and entire way of living.
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Matthew 03:08, Matthew 03:11, Mark 01:04, Luke 03:03, Luke 03:08, Luke 05:32, Luke 15:07, Luke 24:47, Acts 05:31, Acts 11:18, Acts 13:24, Acts 19:04, Acts 20:21, Acts 26:20, Romans 02:04, 2 Corinthians 07:09, 2 Corinthians 07:10, 2 Timothy 02:25, Hebrews 06:01, Hebrews 06:06, Hebrews 12:17, 2 Peter 03:09
- Anthony Falzarano (2009). "18.What the ex-gay movement must accomplished to succeed", And Such Were Some Of You! One Man's Walk Out Of The Gay Lifestyle. Xulon Press, 218. ISBN 978-1606473863.
- David Bentley Hart (2009). Atheist Delusions: The Christian Revolution and Its Fashionable Enemies, 188. ISBN 978-0-300-16429-9. “At the center of his spiritual vision was an experience of metanoia, repentance, a humble return of the prodigal heart to the High God who calls his errant children home;”
- J.C.Hoekendijk (1975). "7:Missiological Observations", Christopaganism or Indigenous Christianity?. South Pasadena, California: William-Carey Library, 146. ISBN 0-87808-423-1.
- Wilhelm Busch (2001). Jesus our destiny. Brunen Publishing. ISBN 0-86347-024-6. “When I accept Jesus, a real revolution begins in my life. I reap all the benefits of the death of Jesus: his death deals a finishing blow to my past life; I am also raised up with him and live a new life, the life of a child of God; he gives me his Spirit who changes my desires and even my way of thinking. Accept Jesus, and you will know about these things by experience. Yes, it's true; the man who accepts Jesus begins a completely new life. Becoming a child of God means that not only our way of thinking changes, but also our entire way of living.”