Christianity’s Sinners Will Inherit Hell

June 3, 2013

Friends,
At a picnic we were at this last weekend with some other Christians, I met two young women, ages 23 and 25, who I ended up conversing with about the doctrine of OSAS (once-saved, always-saved). They had mentioned their dismay about how hard it is to find churches which teach the Truth, so I myself was dismayed, and actually alarmed, when I had to once again hear a defense for “Christians” who continue to sin. Since it wasn’t really the place for heated debate, I tried to persuade them gently, for the 23 year old, responding to something I’d said, had asked me with tight lips, “So do you not believe in once-saved, always-saved?”

After much conversation and many Scriptures that I thought should certainly help them see the error of their false refuge, the 23 year old said that she believes that “God, in order to get regressors [back-sliders] to return to Him, will discipline them.” At this, the 25 year old asked her friend, “But what if they don’t ever repent?” The 23 year old said, “Well, even so, they won’t go to Hell.”

This blatant disregard for what God’s Word teaches is mainstream “Christianity”. How sad. How alarming. How grievous to God, as well as to His servants who are continuously trying to spread the Truth.

“We’re all sinners,” the 23 year old had announced. Isn’t this the parroting of what she hears from pulpits? I’m sure it is. Yet where does Scripture call born-of-the-Spirit people “sinners”? Instead it calls us “saints”. But, I guess, until the Lord comes with His holy angels to judge everyone’s actions, words, thoughts, motives, and secrets (Matt. 12:36,37 & 16:24-27 // Luke 9:23-26 // John 5:29 // Rom. 2:16 // 1 Cor. 4:5 // 2 Cor. 5:10 // 2 Thes. 1:8,9 // Rev. 20:11-15), we are going to have to listen to these kinds of incorrect statements.

Unfortunately people are listening to human teaches rather than to the Word of God. Why not? –It’s easier, quicker, and much less convicting. However, God’s Word teaches that Christ-followers (Christians) have been delivered from sin. (Rom. 6:18 // Heb. 9:26 // 1 John 3:5 // Rev. 1:5)

Let’s look at 1 John 3:8 which cannot state the Truth any clearer: “He who does what is sinful is of the devil.” For someone to think that he can be “of the devil” and also be on his way to Heaven is absurd and foolish. Such a person is blind. By neglecting to train himself in God’s Word, he has let himself be deceived.

Verse 9 confirms, “No one who is born of God will continue to sin.” Verse 6 says, “No one who lives in Him keeps on sinning.” Verse 24 says, “Those who obey His commands live in Him, and He in them.” 2:4 informs us that without obedience to Christ’s commands, a claim to know Christ is a lie and the Truth does not dwell within that person. In fact, the whole of 1 John teaches that those who live in Christ and walk in fellowship with God, do absolutely do what is right (1:6,7 & 2:3-6,29 & 3:4-10 & 5:3,18 & etc.) –just as Jesus did. (2:6 & 3:7)

The whole counsel of Scripture teaches that we must continually pursue perfecting ourselves in holiness. (Matt. 5:48 // Luke 6:40 // Rom. 8:29 & 12:1,2 // 2 Cor. 3:18 & 7:1 // 1 Tim. 4:7 // Titus 2:11-14 // 1 Peter 1:13-16 // etc.) Just as any Olympian, astronaut, airline pilot, soldier, or surgeon is expected to strive for perfection at each level in his training –to get scored 100% on each exam or maneuver– so are God’s children expected to do likewise. If they neglect this training-to-perfection, they are refusing to walk in the Truth and are in rebellion against their Redeemer, Leader, and King. If this negligence continues, they will be cast, as hypocritical, worthless, and rebellious servants, into the eternal fire. (Matt. 24:45-51 & 25:26,30 // Mark 7:6-8 // Luke 3:7-9 & 9:62 & 13:5-9 & 14:25-35 // John 15:2,6)

What kind of “Christianity” is producing people who are insistent that saints are sinners, that Heaven-bound people can be careless about sin in their lives, and that choosing to disobey the Commander is an eternally-safe choice? Answer: A false Christianity.

Sadly though, the false is the “Christianity” that most of the world, as well as most in the church, think is the Truth.

Sincerely,
with love,
Rachel

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