oooh ouch, that one hurt. From my standpoint this is the problem that is destroying the church and maybe Christianity in general. You assume you know what the followers of Jesus were thinking and doing in all aspects of their life when we really have very limited resources as to who they were and how they lived.
As JB Phillips wrote, repentance is a change of heart. Wanting or needing to change in some sort of spiritual way. Seeing a new way, seeing a light in darkness. This in my opinion was exactly what the followers of Christ had.
But when we get to the point when we point a finger at someone and say you have to do such and such to get to where you need to be, we are quite literally turning folks into Pharisees.
27 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! For you are like whitewashed tombs, which outwardly appear beautiful, but within are full of dead people’s bones and all uncleanness. 28 So you also outwardly appear righteous to others, but within you are full of hypocrisy and lawlessness.
My position is pretty basic, The church forever has been telling people they have to repent. But true repentance is a matter of the heart, so those who are NOT called to serve, try to make themselves look like they are. But without the heart, there is no true repentance, and thus the service is only superficial. In my opinion, Jesus’ sacrifice was sufficient for all, whether they realize it of not. But the ones who do get it, or are called into service, I believe are special. They get a glimpse of the creator.