Originally posted by vplee123:
Originally posted by Bill Gray:
Am I being hateful to share these Scripture passages with non-believers? No, I believe that I love them enough to want to share the Truth of the Gospel of Jesus Christ with them -- in the hopes that some will be saved. If that is not your goal, do not argue with me -- take it up with the Lord.
How about mortal sin? are you still "saved" if you cheat on your wife,or take the Lord's name in vain? How 'bout murder? Does your 'one time savin' protect you from that too? just wondering... where is the accountability to living a good life if you've already got your transit pass?
There is no such thing as "mortal sin" or "venial sin" -- there is only sin. Those definitions are part of man-made traditions and catechisms; not the Bible. Sin is disobedience to God. Regardless of whether it is stealing a pencil from work -- to adultery -- to murder; all are equally sin in God's eyes.
Can a Christian believer do these things and still be saved? Yes, but, the big difference is that a believer will be convicted of his sin and will work to prevent it from happening again. A non-believer, a person who does not have the Holy Spirit within -- will not have any feelings so conviction about failing God. He/she may have some remorse, some fear of "What if my wife/husband finds out?"
That is not conviction -- that is fear of having to face the person you wronged and having to lie your way out of the mess you created.
On the other hand, if that person you have to face is God -- now, that is a cart of a different color. And, this is the conviction which true Christian believers will endure. And, this is what keeps the Christian believer in the hands of God.
And, that is the blessed assurance we Christian believers share: once saved, always saved -- no one can snatch us out of His hands.
God bless, have a wonderful, blessed day,