There are people that teach certain sins are acceptable, but that is not true sin is sin no matter how you want to dress it up. I suppose these people justify what they teach by saying that ‘true christians will not fall into sin’. Wait..I am a Christian and I sin.
Then the truth comes out, people that believe that a person can never forfeit there salvation more or less feel that if Christians do march into a lifestyle of sin then GOD will kill them before the sin corrupts there salvation. I think that there are two faulty ideas that support this ridiculous notion. First is a misunderstanding of John 10:29
My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; no one can snatch them out of my Father's hand
Mentally lazy individuals just see the word snatch and paint a picture that ‘the wind cannot snatch the paper out of the hand of a strong man’. But actually that is not what is being said, the word that is used is harpázō and the idea behind the word is ‘no robbery is going to occur’. And if something that I had turns up missing, maby someone gave it away! And the second misunderstanding comes from 1 John 5:18
We know that anyone born of God does not continue to sin; the One who was born of God keeps them safe, and the evil one cannot harm them.
And people incorrectly think ‘Ah since I never had peace with the sin therefore a Christian must never be able to loose his/her salvation.’ Well, I guess that they think that anyone that experiences conviction has always been saved.
You do not have to believe me (but I would encourage you to). The Christian life is like a road that has a ditch on either side of the road. The ditch that is on one side of the road is called ‘legalism’ and a safeguard to prevent people from becoming legalistic is for them to learn about the LOVE of GOD. On the other side of the road is another ditch. This second ditch has a few different names. Some of the names are ‘the hyper grace movement’ lawlessness, and ‘greasy-grace’ (the idea is people get into that ditch and they think that God allows ‘Christians’ to live however they want...without consequence) and the safeguard to prevent people from becoming lawless is for them to develop a respect-fear of GOD.
The incorrect idea that a person can never loose there salvation is rooted in lawlessness. Jude 1:4 says this concerning thoes on the ‘greasy-grace’ (greasy-grace carries the idea that the Grace that JESUS CHRIST gives can ‘grease’ sinners so that the can slip into heaven.)
Vile men have slithered in among us. Depraved souls who stand condemned have made a mockery of the grace given to us, using it as a pretext for a life of excess, lived without any thought of God. These poor fools have denied Jesus the Anointed, our one Lord and Master.
But perhaps you still believe in the ridiculous notion that God would never back hand one of His children. Jude 1:5
You have heard the stories many times, and the Spirit has enlightened you about their meaning, but you still need to be reminded. Remember when the Lord saved our ancestors from the land in Egypt? He breathed life into their earthen lungs and took back the life from those who did not believe.
GOD rescued the children of Israel from Egypt (YAY) and then GOD winnowed <blow a current of air through (grain) in order to remove the chaff> the group. They were all GOD’s chosen people, but that did not keen GOD from snuffing the life from the doubters. Many Jewish people claim that they are ‘shoe-in’s’ into heaven because they are children of the covenant. Jude 1:6
And God has kept the rebellious heavenly messengers bound and chained in utter darkness—shadowy gloom—until the time when His judgment arrives, because they failed to keep their rightful positions and abandoned their appointed realms.
I have sometimes wondered how ‘once saved always saved’ cult followers interpret that thought. Since heaven is only for those that have the proper relationship with JESUS, thus it stands to reason that the angles -all of them- did have a proper relationship with JESUS, but then some of the angles and satan stopped having a proper relationship with JESUS.
So it is arrogant to think that just because someone is a Christian, then what is called sin does not apply to them. I would think that it is self evident that flagrant sin aborts salvation.