See Acts 20:21. Instead of desperate sinners knocking on the door of heaven, we incorrectly paint a picture of Jesus pleading at the heart of the sinner. This type of “invitation” gives the impression that the sinner will be doing God a favor if he responds. The gospel is not an invitation because invitations can be politely turned down without fear of reprisal. Scripture says that “God . . . commands all men everywhere to repent” (Acts 17:30, emphasis added).
“If my six-year-old daughter was out on the road playing in front of my house and I saw a huge truck barrel- ing around the corner, what would I do in that moment? Out of my love for my daughter I would not gently invite her to step away from the street. I would command her to change her direction, and get off the road! Why? Because of my love for her. I know that the truck would not be able to stop in time and it would run her over and kill her. The same is true of the Father’s love for us. Out of His love, he commands us to repent, because at any moment the truck of sin and death could run us over for playing on the road of rebellion!”
Acts 17:30 Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked, but now commands all men everywhere to repent…