Many people, especially opponents of conditional security, question most the process of falling away. The most common question is: how many sins does a person have to commit to lose their salvation? Will God send a person to Hell for committing one sin? I do not believe that salvation is unconditionally secure nor do I believe that it is easily lost; the truth lies in between. I do not believe that one sin will necessarily send you to Hell but that this loss of salvation comes when we willfully choose that we’d rather live in our life of sin over our walk with God/relationship with Christ.
“For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. He that despised Moses’ law died without mercy under two or three witnesses: Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall he be thought worthy, who hath trodden under foot the Son of God, and hath counted the blood of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, an unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace? For we know him that hath said, Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith the Lord. And again, The Lord shall judge his people. It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.” Hebrews 10:26-31
“Now the just shall live by faith: but if [any man] draw back, my soul shall have no pleasure in him. But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.” Hebrews 10:38, 39
Christians do sin, though, true Christians sin, but then when conviction comes they repent of their sins and make it right with God.
“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 2:1, 2
“But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. ” 1 John 1:7-9
On a side note, I’d like to say that I don’t buy the “we have to sin everyday” philosophy, Scripture clearly shows that to be false.
“For if we have been planted together in the likeness of his death, we shall be also in the likeness of his resurrection: Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin.” Romans 6:5-7
I just wanted to list one quick reference though there are more that could be cited.
I believe that it is a matter of the heart. It is a matter of Whom or what we’d rather serve. Will we choose to live for God and to seek to please Him or would we rather live in sin and pursue the “lusts of the flesh”?
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