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The Age Of Accountability

I have been taught all my life that the age of accountability is different for each person. And that a person reaches the age of accountability as soon as they understand right from wrong, even if they are only 5 years old (or even younger).

The way I have been taught as a Baptist all my life is that if a child as young as 5 (or even 3) understands right from wrong, but they have not received Christ as their Saviour yet, and they die, they will go to Hell.

I was also taught that the rapture was only for those who had made a decision for Christ. So, then all babies would be left behind, when the rapture happened.

The Baptist Belief About the Age of Accountability is Based On:

2 Samuel 12:22-23 “And he said, While the child was yet alive, I fasted and wept: for I said, Who can tell whether GOD will be gracious to me, that the child may live? But now he is dead, wherefore should I fast? can I bring him back again? I shall go to him, but he shall not return to me.”

In this passage David’s baby died and was taken to paradise. The baby was not sent to hell, because he was still innocent and was too young to be accountable to God for anything.

I Agree With Other Baptist that this Passage Does Establish an Age of Accountability Doctrine.

Babies are innocent, and if they die they go to heaven.

However, this Passage Does Not Say When a Person Becomes Accountable to God.

It just shows that babies are not accountable to God.

A Few Years Ago I Began to Hear of More and More Parents Becoming Very Worried that the Rapture Would Happen Soon, and their 5, 6, 7 Year Old Kids Would be Left Behind.

This troubled me, because Christians receive a special crown for loving Christ’s appearing. It is our Blessed Hope.

2 Timothy 4:8 “Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.”

Titus 2:13 “Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ;”

I began to search out exactly what the Bible says about the age of accountability, and what I found out both shocked me and gave me great peace.

Now I want to share this with all Christians everywhere, especially Christian parents, so they can have peace too.

To Begin with, Jesus Said That the Kingdom of Heaven Belongs to Children.

Matthew 19:14 “But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me: for of such is the kingdom of heaven.

Furthermore, Paul said in Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

This shows a person is not accountable to God for their sins until they are old enough to be accountable to the law (God’s law).

So, the New Testament does show that there is an age of accountability.

Then I Noticed that in Genesis the Bible Shows That Cain and Able Were Grown When They Brought Their First Offerings to God.

Genesis 4
1 “And Adam knew Eve his wife; and she conceived, and bare Cain, and said, I have gotten a man from the LORD.
2 And she again bare his brother Abel. And Abel was a keeper of sheep, but Cain was a tiller of the ground.
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:

5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
6 And the LORD said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? and why is thy countenance fallen?
7 If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? and if thou doest not well, sin lieth at the door. And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.
8 And Cain talked with Abel his brother: and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him.
9 And the LORD said unto Cain, Where is Abel thy brother? And he said, I know not: Am I my brother’s keeper?
10 And he said, What hast thou done? the voice of thy brother’s blood crieth unto me from the ground.
11 And now art thou cursed from the earth, which hath opened her mouth to receive thy brother’s blood from thy hand;
12 When thou tillest the ground, it shall not henceforth yield unto thee her strength; a fugitive and a vagabond shalt thou be in the earth.
13 And Cain said unto the LORD, My punishment is greater than I can bear.
14 Behold, thou hast driven me out this day from the face of the earth; and from thy face shall I be hid; and I shall be a fugitive and a vagabond in the earth; and it shall come to pass, that every one that findeth me shall slay me.
15 And the LORD said unto him, Therefore whosoever slayeth Cain, vengeance shall be taken on him sevenfold. And the LORD set a mark upon Cain, lest any finding him should kill him.
16 And Cain went out from the presence of the LORD, and dwelt in the land of Nod, on the east of Eden.
17 And Cain knew his wife;
and she conceived, and bare Enoch: and he builded a city, and called the name of the city, after the name of his son, Enoch.”

This shows that Cain was already married by the time he gave his offering. The first couple of verses indicate that Cain and Able were twins. It mentions 1 conception, but then says Eve bare 2 sons.

Therefore, it appears that Cain and Able were both grown and Cain was already married, but Able may not have been married yet.

Furthermore, we know these offerings were meant to be sin offerings, (not tithe offerings as my Dad taught me), because Hebrews 11:4 says they were sacrifices and Able had witness that he was righteous because of his proper sacrifice.

Hebrews 11:4 “By faith Abel offered unto God a more excellent sacrifice than Cain, by which he obtained witness that he was righteous, God testifying of his gifts: and by it he being dead yet speaketh.”

A person is never said to be righteous because they give their tithes. A person is only said to be righteous if they have atoned for their sins through a sacrifice, and it must be a proper blood sacrifice. Vegetables are not accepted!

Hebrews 9:22 “And almost all things are by the law purged with blood; and without shedding of blood is no remission.

Today, we must accept Jesus’s sacrifice as the blood atoning sacrifice for our sins for God to call us righteous, back then they had to sacrifice an animal like a lamb, goat, or bull.

This shows that the first 2 children born in the world did not bring an offering to God to atone for their sins until they were adults. Cain and Able had reached adulthood, (Cain was even married already) and the time had come for them to present themselves before God with a proper blood sacrifice to atone for their sins. Able did it right and was accepted of God, Cain refused to do it right and was rejected by God.

Note: I am not saying that children cannot get saved. Jesus said very plainly not to forbid children from getting saved. Children need to get saved once they truly understand salvation in order to preserve them. Jesus said this Himself. I explain all this in great detail later in this post.

Then I Noticed that When God Decided to Destroy Israel in the Wilderness He Set an Age Limit of 20 and Above.

This shows that God does not see a person as an adult until they are 20.

Now, this is according to the Hebrew calendar, so according to our calendar it would be 18 1/2.

Human nature never changes, and even today we know that if the parents are rebellious against an authority, their teenage children will usually stand with them against the same authority.

God decided to destroy all the adults, because they did not want to go into the Promised land, they wanted to return to Egypt, and were actually starting to pick up stones to kill Moses and Aaron. Numbers chapter 14.

You know there were teenagers there also who were picking up stones to try to help their parents kill Moses and Arron. But in this instance, God had mercy and spared the teenagers from death.

Why? Because they were not adults yet. They were not accountable to God for their sins yet.

Then I Found that the Only Time in the Bible Where an Age is Mentioned that Anyone Had to Make an Atonement for Their Souls is the Age of 20 and Above.

Exodus 30:

11 And the LORD spake unto Moses, saying,
12 When thou takest the sum of the children of Israel after their number, then shall they give every man a ransom for his soul unto the LORD, when thou numberest them; that there be no plague among them, when thou numberest them.
13 This they shall give, every one that passeth among them that are numbered, half a shekel after the shekel of the sanctuary: (a shekel is twenty gerahs:) an half shekel shall be the offering of the LORD.
14 Every one that passeth among them that are numbered, from twenty years old and above, shall give an offering unto the LORD.
15 The rich shall not give more, and the poor shall not give less than half a shekel, when they give an offering unto the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.
16 And thou shalt take the atonement money of the children of Israel, and shalt appoint it for the service of the tabernacle of the congregation; that it may be a memorial unto the children of Israel before the LORD, to make an atonement for your souls.

This passage in Exodus also shows that people are not accountable to God, nor subject to God’s law, until they are 20 years old. Remember what Paul said in Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

God is a King and a Judge, and the Bible is a Legal Book.

Just like the legal age of accountability in America is 18, and they usually do not prosecute a teenager on the same level as an adult, God is the same way.

The legal age of an adult in God’s eyes is 20, and that is according to the Hebrew calendar, so according to our calendar it would be 18 1/2. America got it pretty close!

Then I Noticed that God Commanded in the Bible for Parents to Take their Drunkard Teenagers Out and Have them Stoned.

Deuteronomy 21:

18 If a man have a stubborn and rebellious son, which will not obey the voice of his father, or the voice of his mother, and that, when they have chastened him, will not hearken unto them:
19 Then shall his father and his mother lay hold on him, and bring him out unto the elders of his city, and unto the gate of his place;
20 And they shall say unto the elders of his city, This our son is stubborn and rebellious, he will not obey our voice; he is a glutton, and a drunkard.
21 And all the men of his city shall stone him with stones, that he die: so shalt thou put evil away from among you; and all Israel shall hear, and fear.

God was commanding here to stone teenagers who were drunkards, rebellious towards authority, or glutenous which includes drug addiction, slothfulness, basically the loose party type lifestyle.

It is what we would call a troubled teen today. A teenager who won’t go to school, won’t work, disrespects and disobeys their parents, drinks, does drugs, and lives that kind of an irresponsible lifestyle.

That verse is not speaking of little kids telling their parents “No!” God did not say to take your 5 yr old and have them stoned for telling you “No!” Like I was taught in the Baptist church.

The Bible puts very clear and specific guidelines. The kid must be a rebellious drunk or drug addict, who has no respect for authority, will take no responsibility, and only wants to have a “good time” with no regard for anyone else.

This is clearly talking about rebellious teenagers, not little kids!

Now, The Bible Says that a Teenager Who Lives This Way is to be Put to Death, But it Never Says that An Adult Who Lives This Way Should be Put to Death.

The reason why God commanded that rebellious teenagers be put to death was to save their souls! Because if they reached adulthood at the age of 20 with that rebellious attitude and lifestyle, they would then be accountable to God and would be in danger of Hell.

By ending their life before adulthood it protected them from facing God’s judgment in Hell.

This is why God commanded that teenagers, who lived a rebellious lifestyle like this were put to death, but not adults.

It is already too late to kill an adult who lives like that to save them from hell, because they are already on their way to hell. They have already reached the age of accountability. Their only Hope is to get saved.

So, in both cases it is about God’s mercy on people’s souls. Rebellious teenagers are to be put to death in order to save their soul, because they are not yet accountable to God.

However, rebellious adults (unless they do something specifically worthy of death like murder) are to be allowed to live, in hope that they will get saved, before their sins catch up with them and they end up going to hell.

So, Christians Can Have Peace Concerning Their Children’s Spiritual Protection.

You do not have to worry about whether your little kid truly understands salvation, they are still safe even if they don’t.

Now, Jesus Said Not to Forbid Children to Come to Him.

It is very important that children do get saved, so that way they are saved in innocence and are never in danger of going to Hell.

Jesus Even Said This In Matthew 18:

10 Take heed that ye despise not one of these little ones; for I say unto you, That in heaven their angels do always behold the face of my Father which is in heaven.
11 For the Son of man is come to save that which was lost.
12 How think ye? if a man have an hundred sheep, and one of them be gone astray, doth he not leave the ninety and nine, and goeth into the mountains, and seeketh that which is gone astray?
13 And if so be that he find it, verily I say unto you, he rejoiceth more of that sheep, than of the ninety and nine which went not astray.
14 Even so it is not the will of your Father which is in heaven, that one of these little ones should perish.

Notice, it says sheep go astray, not lambs. What Jesus is saying here is do not forbid children to get saved. Children need to get saved so they don’t ever become lost and condemned to hell, when they reach adulthood. (Jesus did command Peter to feed His lambs in John 21:15.)

Matthew 18 also shows that children can get saved because Jesus talks about the 99 sheep that never went astray (meaning: they never became lost and condemned to hell!) Just let that truth sink into your heart for a minute “99 sheep that were never lost and condemned to hell!” This is why children need to get saved! Even though they are protected from hell now, they need to be preserved from hell forever!

Remember Paul said:

Romans 7:9 “For I was alive without the law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died.”

So when Paul became an adult without being saved he died (perished) spiritually! Jesus said that it is not the Father’s will for any child to ever die spiritually! This is why He said to allow the children to come to Him and not forbid them from getting saved!

Just because children are not accountable to God for their sins yet does not mean that they cannot or don’t need to get saved. They are still sinners! They just are not condemned to hell yet!

And most children can fully understand salvation between the ages of 7 and 13.

Also, once a person gets saved the Holy Spirit will not allow them to become a drunkard, or a drug addict, or do some other really bad sins (see my post “Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into” at https://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/05/12/sins-a-saved-person-cannot-fall-into/.) Salvation goes a long way to protect children from ruining their lives later on in life. So, if you want to ensure that your child never becomes a drug addict, drunkard, murderer etc. Make sure they get saved, when they do show that they can understand the Gospel, including repentance, and that salvation is a commitment to obeying Christ, not just a head belief concerning the facts about Christ.

You Do Not Want Your Children to Believe in Jesus Like They Believe in Santa Clause!

I fear that many times that is what happens, because parents are so scared their little kids are going to go to Hell or be left behind if the rapture happens, that they push them to say a prayer, and the kids do not truly understand it, and no one realizes that they did not truly get saved until they have already messed up their life as a teenager or even died and went to hell as an adult.

Salvation is not obtained by just believing that Jesus is real. It goes much deeper that that. A person must also truly repent of their sins and make a life long commitment to obeying Christ.

Now once a person is 18 1/2 years old you do not have to wonder if they can understand the Gospel or not, you know they can. Unless they have a mental illness that makes it to where they cannot understand on an adult level. In this case they are still in the state of innocence. God sees them as being legally incompetent, just like our American courts do. And most children can understand salvation between the ages of 7 and 13.

Now, When it Comes to the Rapture, the Bible Shows that the Children of Saved People (Under 18 1/2) Go With Them in the Rapture, Even if the Children Themselves Are Not Saved Yet.

1 Corinthians 7:14 -16″ But to the rest speak I, not the Lord: If any brother hath a wife that believeth not, and she be pleased to dwell with him, let him not put her away. And the woman which hath an husband that believeth not, and if he be pleased to dwell with her, let her not leave him. For the unbelieving husband is sanctified by the wife, and the unbelieving wife is sanctified by the husband: else were your children unclean; but now are they holy. But if the unbelieving depart, let him depart. A brother or a sister is not under bondage in such cases: but God hath called us to peace. For what knowest thou, O wife, whether thou shalt save thy husband? or how knowest thou, O man, whether thou shalt save thy wife?”

The Bible says that the children of saved people are Holy. The word Holy means “set apart.”

So, since all children go to heaven if they die, whether their parents are saved or not, then what would the children of saved people be “set apart” to?

It would have to be the rapture.

Therefore, when the rapture happens all children under 18 1/2, who have at least 1 parent that is saved, will be taken, even if they are not saved themselves yet.

How the False Doctrine of Children Being Accountable to God Affected My Brothers and I.

My parents believed that a child as young as 3 years old could be condemned to hell. And that the rapture was only for people who have made a decision for salvation. So, they believed that all babies would be left behind in the rapture.

My brothers and I all made professions of faith at 3 and 4 years old, because our parents thought we knew right from wrong, and were therefore already condemned to hell.

They were also afraid we would be left behind, if the rapture happened.

However, none of us kids truly understood salvation at those young ages, so none of us actually got saved at that time.

Now, I ended up truly getting saved at the age of 12.

My youngest brother truly got saved at the age of 7.

However, my middle brother did not truly get saved until he was 22 years old (about 4 years after reaching adulthood).

He showed he was having doubts at the age of 16, but Dad blew up at him saying “We are missionaries and were supposed to already be saved!

He finally ended up getting saved at the age of 22 after our Dad left.

My brother is a very disciplined person, so he never got into any really bad sins like drinking or doing drugs, but he still was not saved. Being a good person does not save you. You must believe the Gospel, repent of your sins , and make a lifelong commitment to obeying Christ. My brother was struggling with believing in the resurrection, but God convinced Him and he got saved.

Therefore, the false doctrine of the Baptist that children must get saved or they will go to hell or miss the rapture actually put my brother in danger of going to hell, because he reached adulthood without being saved, after being pressured into making a profession at 4 and then practically being forbidden to get saved at 16 by Dad.

And I believe there are many other people in the same situation.

This Is Why Over 80% of Children Raised In Christian Homes, Become Atheist In College!

This is why the Church Is Losing Their Children!

They are not truly saved! They have never been saved! They were pressured into making a profession as a child, and then looked down on if they ever questioned it!

So, then when they get into college and become exposed to liberal ideologies they end up believing them, because they do not have the Holy Spirit in them.

The Bible Teaches Very Plainly that a Truly Saved Person Cannot Completely Turn Away From God and Become an Atheist.

Psalms 14:1 “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God.”

Jesus said that a person who believes in Him is wise, like a man who builds his house on a rock. (Luke 6:48)

A person cannot be saved and an Atheist at the same time. if someone becomes an Atheist, they were never saved!

1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

Yes, children need to get saved! Not to immediately protect their souls, but to preserve their souls! So they do not perish (spiritually die)! As Jesus said, it is not the Father’s will for them to perish! Meaning: ending up becoming lost sheep condemned to hell as adults! Jesus said not to despise the little ones (meaning do not forbid them to get saved), because the Father does not want them to become condemned to hell, when they reach adulthood!

And Yes, Children’s ministries (like bus ministries, AWANA, etc), are vital! Not only so that children can get saved in innocence, and never actually be lost and condemned to hell, but so that if both of their parents are lost and the rapture happens, then the saved child will be taken!

But make sure children truly understand salvation. Do not pressure them into making a decision they do not truly understand. And never look down on anyone for doubting their salvation. There is nothing wrong with anyone doubting their salvation and making a new commitment to Christ. God commands all Christians to doubt their salvation and make sure they are in the faith! 2 Corinthians 13:5a “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.” If anyone is ever doubting their salvation just explain the Gospel to them again, and then lead them to make a new commitment to Christ. Because we cannot see the person’s heart! We cannot know if they are truly saved! No matter how good of a life they live! Therefore, we have no right to ever tell anyone that they are saved and not to be concerned about it! Convincing someone that they are saved is the Holy Spirit’s job, not ours!

I pray this gives you peace, knowing that your children under the age of 18 1/2 years old will go to heaven if they die, and will be taken in the rapture, even if they have not gotten saved yet. They are protected, and are not accountable to God for their sins yet. However, most children can truly understand salvation by the time they are 13.

And no, your children will not have to make a decision for Christ in the Millennial Reign. There is no biblical support for that. The Bible says very clearly that after death is judgment (Hebrews 9:27). How a person dies is how they spend eternity. If they die in innocence, they spend eternity in innocence in heaven.

Author: Desiree Jordan

Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into

Sins A Saved Person Cannot Fall Into.

I have found many passages in the Bible that teach there are certain sins that a saved person cannot fall into.

When a person truly gets saved the Holy Spirit puts a love for God in their heart and makes them want to please God and not do anything to displease Him.

Therefore, If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments.

Matthew 22:36-40 “Master, which is the great commandment in the law? Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.”

A Saved Person Cannot Commit Murder.

The Bible says in:

1 John 3:15 “Whosoever hateth his brother is a murderer: and ye know that no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

This verse here explicitly says that a saved person is not capable of falling into every sin that a lost person can commit. This verse says very plainly that a saved person is not capable of committing murder, because it says, “no murderer hath eternal life abiding in him.”

Therefore, if a person commits murder, they have never been saved. It is not that they have lost their salvation, because the Bible teaches very plainly that a person cannot lose their salvation.

John 10:27-30 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me: And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of my hand. My Father, which gave them me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of my Father’s hand. I and my Father are one.”

It is simply that they have never been saved, and they need to get saved.

A Saved Person Cannot Persecute Another Christian or be Racist

The Bible says in:

1 John 2:9 “He that saith he is in the light, and hateth his brother, is in darkness even until now.”

1 John 2:11 “But he that hateth his brother is in darkness, and walketh in darkness, and knoweth not whither he goeth, because that darkness hath blinded his eyes.”

1 John 4:20 “If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen”?

All of these verses and 1 John 3:15 says very plainly that a saved person cannot hate his brother (another Christian).

The word hateth in these verses means to detest (especially to persecute) and to love less (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3404).

Therefore, someone who detests a Christian, persecutes a Christian, or even has “respect of persons” towards different Christians, is not saved. This would include being a racist (even saying that Christians of different skin colors cannot marry) or respecting the rich over the poor as is spoken against in James chapter 2.

 Again, racists and those who persecute Christians in other ways, have not lost their salvation, they have just never been saved, and they need to get saved.

Biblical Example of a Fake Christian Persecuting a True Christian

The Apostle John gives an example of a fake Christian persecuting a true Christian in 3 John 1:9-12 “I wrote unto the church: but Diotrephes, who loveth to have the preeminence among them, receiveth us not. Wherefore, if I come, I will remember his deeds which he doeth, prating against us with malicious words: and not content therewith, neither doth he himself receive the brethren, and forbiddeth them that would, and casteth them out of the church. Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God. Demetrius hath good report of all men, and of the truth itself: yea, and we also bear record; and ye know that our record is true.”

In this passage the Apostle John is writing to Gaius and is speaking to him about 2 other pastors. He is teaching him that one of these pastors is lost, and the other is saved.

John says that Diotrephes is prideful, loves to have the preeminence, refused to receive him, conspired, and spoke against him with malicious words (this would include falsely accusing him of something) and kicks good people out of the church.

John goes on to say that because this pastor does these things then he is not saved and tells Gaius not to follow Diotrephes.

He says “Beloved, follow not that which is evil, but that which is good. He that doeth good is of God: but he that doeth evil hath not seen God.” “Hath not seen God” means that He has not seen God for who He truly is, which means he is not saved (Hebrews 11:6). Then John tells Gaius to follow Demetrius because Demetrius has proven himself to have good fruit.

Remember the words of Jesus in Matthew 7:18 “A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.”

This also shows a saved person is not capable of falling into every sin that a lost person can do. It is impossible! They cannot do it!

 Furthermore, this man in persecuting the Apostle John, proved that he was lost. Because a saved person cannot persecute another saved person. The other verses above showed that plainly.

Other Sins A Saved Person Can Never Fall Into.

1 Corinthians 6 lists a lot of sins that a saved person is incapable of falling into:

1 Corinthians 6: 9-10 “Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.”

The word fornicators in this verse means to sell, speaking of a male prostitute, which would also include a female prostitute because God holds everyone to the same standards (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4204), it also means a human trafficker and a pimp (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # # G4907).

So, this goes further than just basic fornication of an unmarried man and woman accidently falling into sin, which can be made right by them marrying. The kind of fornication spoken of here in this verse goes much deeper than that. A saved person is capable of falling into basic fornication, but the Holy Spirit will not allow them to sell themselves or enslave others. A person who is that deeply evil has never been saved! Do not be deceived, they are on their way to hell, so they need to get saved, not just get right.

A saved person would not be able to shack up either, because the Bible also says that a saved person cannot be overtaken by any sin (Galatians 6:1-3 I will speak of this more later in this post.)

The word idolaters in this verse means to actually worship and become a servant to an image or false god (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G1497). In order to do this, you would have to completely turn your back on God and denounce Christ. This is more than just making the mistake of putting money or family above God. A saved person is capable of falling into that, but the Holy Spirit will not allow them to actually worship and become a servant to an image or false god, like people will have to do in order to take the Mark of the Beast.

The word adulterers in this verse means an actual adulterer, someone who is a paramour meaning they have an actual sweetheart/lover other than their spouse (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3432), and of course this would go for adulteresses too. This verse makes it very plain that a saved person is incapable of actually cheating on their spouse. A saved person may be able to fall into a lustful thought, they may even be able to get divorced and remarried, but it is plain that the Holy Spirit will not allow them to actually do anything with someone else while they are still married.

If a person actually commits physical adultery like that, then they definitely have never been saved. They will not inherit the kingdom of God, unless they get saved. This verse plainly says that.

This word adulterers also means an apostate (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3432). Someone who completely denies the faith, and turns away from God, and teaches others to do so too. The Bible does say that a saved person can stop believing in God (2 Timothy 2:13), so apparently this is speaking of going deeper than that. Like someone actually becoming a regular evolutionary professor (not Theistic evolution). Basically, an active outspoken enemy of God. It can also mean someone who starts denying things like the Bodily Resurrection of Christ, the Virgin birth etc.

And someone who refuses to change their preaching once they have realized they were wrong, especially if it is something that could send people to hell.

Someone who does these kinds of things has never been saved. According to 2 Timothy 2:13 a saved person can become angry with God and lose their faith temporarily, but they cannot actually go around speaking against God and actively trying to draw others away from Him.

The word effeminate in this verse means a man who is the feminine partner in a sodomite relationship (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3120). A saved man cannot do that!

The phrase abusers of themselves with mankind in this verse means a sodomite (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G733). Romans 1 further shows that a saved person can never “fall” into the sins of homosexuality or lesbianism, because in order for a person to do that they must already be turned over to a reprobate mind. A person cannot have a reprobate mind and be saved at the same time. Therefore, it is impossible for a saved person to fall into sodomy.

All sodomites are lost and going to hell, I don’t care if they were raised in church, made a profession as a kid or still go to church. They are lost, not just backslidden. The Holy Spirit will not allow a saved person to backslide that far!

Hebrews 10:39 “But we are not of them who draw back unto perdition; but of them that believe to the saving of the soul.”

Jude 1:24-25 “Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy, To the only wise God our Saviour, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen.”

However, sodomites can get saved, because the Bible says in 1 Corinthians 6:11 “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” So, people with reprobate minds can get saved.

The word thieves in this verse means a stealer (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G2812, G2813), and it says to compare it to Strong’s # G3027 which means to lift or take small and pretty things.  So, this even includes things like petty theft, shoplifting, etc. Not just stealing big things. A saved person is not capable of intentionally stealing at all, not even cheating on their taxes, or stealing food when they are hungry.

We never stole anything when we did not have food for 7 days many years ago, we were not even tempted to steal, we just ate grass out of the yard.

Now, accidently forgetting to give a pen back would not be included.

However, I have always taken the pen back if I can, once I realize I have taken one. I have always just felt like I needed to return a pen that I had accidently kept, even though I did not know that intentionally stealing something would mean that I was not saved. So, the Holy Spirit has kept me from sin even above the minimum required to prove salvation.

The word covetous in this verse means to be a defrauder (conman) (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4123). It goes further than just wanting something, it is wanting it to the point that you would con the owner out of it. It is more like greed. This would also include holding back wages of employees, or lying and unjustly suing someone (frivolous lawsuits) (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G2192).

The word drunkards in this verse of course means an alcoholic (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3184), it would also include a drug addict, because drugs also alter the mind. So, if someone makes a profession of faith as a child, but then becomes a drug addict or an alcoholic later in life, then they did not truly get saved as a child. They are lost!

This shows it is not “Normal” for teenagers to rebel. If they do rebel into an ungodly lifestyle, or into one of these sins, then they have never been saved!

The word revilers in this verse means a mischievous abuser. (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3060) A bully. This is someone who likes to pick on people and cause fights.

Mischievous abuser would also include a rapist. So, a saved person could never do that either.

The word extortioners in this verse means a violent thief, someone who steals by force (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries #G727 and G726). This would include things like robbery with a gun, kidnapping, and organized crime protection rackets. A saved person cannot do these things.

Now, there have been cases where a parent will kidnap their own child in order to protect them. That is not included here. Sometimes the government makes a mistake and gives the child to the wrong parent. A parent who kidnaps their child in order to protect them can be saved, and is not guilty of a sin. Even Amy Carmichael kidnapped children in order to rescue them from horrible abuse in pagan temples in India. She was a hero; she did not sin.

The Bible makes it very clear that people who commit the sins listed above have never been saved.

Yes, king David was capable of committing murder and adultery, but He was not sealed with the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to keep him from sin.

The gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit is why saved people now are incapable of falling into those sins.

However, Job never committed any of those sins, he never even intentionally broke any of God’s commandments, and he was not indwelt with the Holy Spirit either.

Job 1:1 “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God, and eschewed evil.”

The perfection of Job was practical righteousness not imputed righteousness of Jesus, because Jesus had not died yet.

Therefore, in the Old Testament it was possible for a person to not fall into any of those evil sins, or even intentionally break any of Gd’s commandments, even though the Holy Spirit was not indwelling them.

Now, today a person does break the first commandment just by not being saved. So, to be as perfect as Job was, a person must be truly saved and never intentionally break any of God’s commandments.

Now that level of perfection is not required for salvation, but Job does prove that since we do have the gift of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit and he did not, that we definitely are capable of never intentionally breaking any of God’s commandments. We never have any excuse to sin!

Someone can never say something like “A Christian ought to keep God’s commandments as much as is possible in these sinful bodies.” In order to excuse intentional sin. Because what Job proves is that it is possible for a saved person to never intentionally break one of God’s commandments!

Also, just because a Christian is capable of falling into certain lesser sins, does not mean that they get away with doing those sins either! Christians will not get away with any sin! They cannot lose their salvation and go to hell, but they can receive a harsh judgment. To learn more about this please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/2021/01/05/christians-will-not-get-away-with-sin/

Even in the New Testament when Peter denied Christ, he was not indwelt with the Holy Spirit yet.

Jesus gave the Holy Spirit to the disciples after the resurrection in John 20:22:

 “And when he had said this, he breathed on them, and saith unto them, Receive ye the Holy Ghost:”

The Bible even says to kick really evil people out of the church so that they will get saved.

It says to turn them over to Satan for the destruction of their flesh so that their spirit will be saved. If a person’s spirit is not saved they are lost and going to Hell. The Bible says to kick these really evil people out of the church so that they will realize they are lost and then they will get saved. See 1 Corinthians chapter 5.

If you read the book of 2 Corinthians you will find that the man in 1 Corinthians 5 did end up getting saved and then Paul commanded that he be allowed back into the church.

In addition, Romans 5 and 6 does not mean that the more we sin the more grace abounds!

Romans 5:15 – 6:2 “But not as the offence, so also is the free gift. For if through the offence of one many be dead, much more the grace of God, and the gift by grace, which is by one man, Jesus Christ, hath abounded unto many. And not as it was by one that sinned, so is the gift: for the judgment was by one to condemnation, but the free gift is of many offences unto justification. For if by one man’s offence death reigned by one; much more they which receive abundance of grace and of the gift of righteousness shall reign in life by one, Jesus Christ.) Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man’s disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. Moreover the law entered, that the offence might abound. But where sin abounded, grace did much more abound: That as sin hath reigned unto death, even so might grace reign through righteousness unto eternal life by Jesus Christ our Lord. What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”

This means that as Adam’s sin abounded to our death, the Grace of Jesus Christ abounds even more to restore life to us, because not only are we restored to being able to have a relationship with God and have eternal life, but now we receive the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to make it impossible for us to do the worst sins.

Adam and Eve were never indwelt by the Holy Spirit, not even in their state of innocence!

This is how Grace abounds much more than sin!

 It is also false to say that a saved person is no better than a lost person.

A saved person must be better than a lost person or they are not saved!

In Romans 3:9-18 Paul was saying that religious Jews are no better than pagan Gentiles, because they are all sinners without Christ. Not that saved people are no better than lost people!

Romans 3:9-18 “What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin; As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.”

All the sins that he mentions in Romans 3:11-18 a saved person cannot even do. I just proved that with Scripture!

A saved person must be better than a lost person, otherwise they are not saved!

A saved person having that kind of wrong humility, by putting themselves on the same level as a lost person can cause them to lose their reward! (Colossians 2:18)

In addition, saying that a saved person can fall into any sin, or can commit any sin that a lost person can is a damnable heresy, because it is sending some people to hell! It makes some people think that they can be saved and still be capable of falling into any sin. It gives them a false sense of security.

These teachings of a saved person being able to fall into any sin that a lost person can commit, and that salvation does not require repentance come from the false Gnostic gospels, and the false Alexandrian bibles that the Roman Catholic church (the Great Whore of Revelation 17) was founded upon. These heresies were already being taught in the days of the Apostles. That is why they preached so strongly against them!

Paul said, “Be Not Deceived”. The devil’s church was already working to deceive people into believing a lie and damning their souls to the eternal flames of Hell!

The Bible also says that liars are not saved:

Revelation 21:8 “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death.”

Revelation 22:15 “For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.”

This is speaking of false accusers and people who love to lie and make lies.

This is not speaking of being courteous and telling someone that their food is ok when it is burnt or a man telling his wife that her dress does not make her look fat, even if it does.

Nor is it speaking of lying, in order to protect someone. God never changes, look at Rahab.

Hebrews 13:8 “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.”

It is not speaking of those kinds of “lies.”

This is mainly speaking of false accusers. The actual command in the 10 Commandments is to “not bear false witness against thy neighbour.” (Exodus 20:16)

This plainly shows that a saved person is not capable of intentionally falsely accusing someone.

So, if a person intentionally falsely accuses someone then they have never been saved. I don’t care if they are a pastor, a deacon, a Sunday school teacher. I don’t even care if they said a prayer and were able to somehow turn over a new leaf. The heart is deceitful above all things and desperately wicked! (Jeremiah 17:9).

A person can also deceive themselves into thinking that they are saved.

Galatians 6:1-8 “Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted. Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfil the law of Christ. For if a man think himself to be something, when he is nothing, he deceiveth himself. But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. For every man shall bear his own burden. Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things. Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap. For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.”

This passage shows that a person can deceive themselves into thinking they are saved, but it makes it very plain that they will reap what they sow. A person cannot reap corruption and life everlasting at the same time! 

Therefore, a saved person cannot be overtaken by any sin.

They cannot live any kind of a sinful lifestyle. A saved person can fall into some sins, and they can struggle with some sins, but they cannot become addicted to any sin, or live a sinful lifestyle. And there are some sins like the ones mentioned before that they cannot even fall into. 

Just because someone preaches and leads others to Christ does not mean they themselves are saved. The Word of God is not bound. The Word of God can get someone saved, no matter who is preaching it (Philippians 1:15-18, Isaiah 55:11, Hebrews 4:12).

Even Jesus said that not all ministers are saved.

Matthew 7:13-23 “Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it. Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles? Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit. A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit, neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit. Every tree that bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire. Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them. Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

Repentance is not trading one sin for another!

I have seen many of these ministers claim they are saved, because they don’t do drugs, drink, or steal anymore.

However, the Word of God says they are still not saved, because they now commit adultery, or they are racist, or they con people out of money, or some even do actually steal by embezzling money from their ministry.

These people may have repented from one or a few sins, but they did not completely repent.

Because to completely repent means to yield your will to God’s will. The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 means to yield (the word believe is Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield). When a person truly gets saved, they no longer have a complete free will to sin. The Holy Spirit will not allow them to fall into the really evil sins listed above.

If a person wants to hold onto their ability to commit any sin, then they are not saved!

The Bible says in Hebrews 11:6 “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”

To diligently seek God includes surrendering your whole will to Him.

Also, Philip told the Ethiopian Eunuch that he had to believe in Jesus with all his heart. The word believe means to yield (Acts 8:37).

In order for a person to get saved they must yield their whole heart to Christ!

Therefore, God is not going to save someone who does not surrender their free will to Him!

The word evil in Matthew 7:17 and 7:18 means hurtful, grievous, mischief, and malicious (Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G4190). Therefore, a saved person is not capable of falling into any hurtful, grievous, mischief, and malicious sins like murder, rape, bullying, falsely accusing, stealing and the others listed above. A saved person cannot do any of those kinds of sins. The Holy Spirit will not allow them too!

That is the Truth of the Word of God!

When a person comes to God for salvation, God can see in their heart and He knows if they are truly repentant.

If they are not truly repentant, then He does not save them!

John 2:23-25 “Now when he was in Jerusalem at the passover, in the feast day, many believed in his name, when they saw the miracles which he did. But Jesus did not commit himself unto them, because he knew all men, And needed not that any should testify of man: for he knew what was in man.”

These people believed the facts about Him in their head, but they did not want to repent and obey Him.

This is not legalism.

I am not saying that a person has to work for their salvation, I am not saying that they have to be afraid of doing any of those sins.

That is what Grace is for! Grace is the power of the Holy Spirit to keep us from falling that bad.

You don’t have to work at not doing those sins. When a person truly repents and makes a true commitment to Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit just comes in and makes it impossible for them to fall that bad. The Holy Spirit puts a love for God in our hearts and makes us want to please God and not do anything to displease Him. If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)

When I discovered these truths in Scripture, I trembled.

I was scared to death, because I had believed wrong, I was so afraid that I may have done one of those sins, because I was not being so careful not to.

I prayed and asked God to show me if I had ever done anything like that, I searched my heart and tried to go back over my whole life since my profession at 12.

 I found that the Holy Spirit had kept me, I had never done anything like that since I made my profession (and most of them I never even did before), even though I did not know that if I did do anything like that then it would mean I was never saved.

I was not constantly worried and being careful, but the Holy Spirit kept me, and did not allow me to do any of those things.

That is true Grace!

The Holy Spirit keeps us from falling, even if we do not fully understand every little thing. We do not have to work at not falling into those particular sins, because the Holy Spirit makes it impossible for us to fall into them!

So now more than ever, I know that I truly did get saved at the age of 12. Because I know that without the Holy Spirit’s restraint, I would have at least stolen something small since I was 12, because that was the problem I had before I got saved. I just never got caught.

However, once I became an adult and got a job, I did pay restitution to those whom I had stolen from.

So, God showed me that after my profession at 12 I have never done any of those kinds of sins, and I even made things right, when I could.  He showed me that I did truly get saved at the age of 12.

When God showed me this, the assurance of salvation flooded my soul like never before, and my great fear of ever totally falling away from God, completely melted away. Because I now know that that is completely impossible, because I am truly saved. The Holy Spirit will not allow me to fall that bad.

Now, not all lost people do really bad sins, some just need to repent of some basic sins and trust in Jesus. I grew up around a lot of Mormons back in Colorado. Many of them live a lot better lives than most Baptists, but they are still sinners, and they still need to repent and believe the true Gospel. Most Mormons are not even polygamists. That is only an extreme fringe.

Examples of people in the New Testament who were practically righteous before they got saved.

The disciples of John the Baptist who were led to Christ by Paul.

Acts 19:1-7 “And it came to pass, that, while Apollos was at Corinth, Paul having passed through the upper coasts came to Ephesus: and finding certain disciples, He said unto them, Have ye received the Holy Ghost since ye believed? And they said unto him, We have not so much as heard whether there be any Holy Ghost. And he said unto them, Unto what then were ye baptized? And they said, Unto John’s baptism. Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people, that they should believe on him which should come after him, that is, on Christ Jesus. When they heard this, they were baptized in the name of the Lord Jesus. And when Paul had laid his hands upon them, the Holy Ghost came on them; and they spake with tongues, and prophesied. And all the men were about twelve.”

We know that these disciples of John the Baptist had already repented of their sins. John the Baptist refused to baptize anyone who was not repentant.

Matthew 3:4-10 “And the same John had his raiment of camel’s hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey. Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan, And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins. But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come? Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham. And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.”

The disciples of John were devout and faithful to the truths that they knew. They were not doing any of those evil sins listed above, nor were they overtaken by any sin. Yes, they were still sinners in that they still had a sin nature and made mistakes as all people (even saved people) do, but these men were as practically righteous as Job. They just needed to accept Jesus, and when they heard about Jesus, they did accept Him, and got saved.

Matthew 3:4-10 also shows that a person cannot just come to God “as they are” and “empty handed” they must have a repentant heart! They must bring a repentant and yielding heart to God!

Nowhere does the Bible say to come to God just as you are! It is not in there! I looked!

Cornelius was practically righteous before he got saved.

He just needed to accept Jesus. He did not even say a prayer, you do not have to say a prayer in order to get saved, and just saying a prayer does not save you!

Salvation is a decision and a commitment to Christ, not an incantation!

Acts 10:1-2 “There was a certain man in Caesarea called Cornelius, a centurion of the band called the Italian band, A devout man, and one that feared God with all his house, which gave much alms to the people, and prayed to God alway.”

Acts 10:44-48 “While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word. And they of the circumcision which believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because that on the Gentiles also was poured out the gift of the Holy Ghost. For they heard them speak with tongues, and magnify God. Then answered Peter, Can any man forbid water, that these should not be baptized, which have received the Holy Ghost as well as we? And he commanded them to be baptized in the name of the Lord. Then prayed they him to tarry certain days.”

The Ethiopian Eunuch was practically righteous before he got saved. He just needed to accept Jesus.

Acts 8:27-39 “And he arose and went: and, behold, a man of Ethiopia, an eunuch of great authority under Candace queen of the Ethiopians, who had the charge of all her treasure, and had come to Jerusalem for to worship, Was returning, and sitting in his chariot read Esaias the prophet. Then the Spirit said unto Philip, Go near, and join thyself to this chariot. And Philip ran thither to him, and heard him read the prophet Esaias, and said, Understandest thou what thou readest? And he said, How can I, except some man should guide me? And he desired Philip that he would come up and sit with him. The place of the scripture which he read was this, He was led as a sheep to the slaughter; and like a lamb dumb before his shearer, so opened he not his mouth: In his humiliation his judgment was taken away: and who shall declare his generation? for his life is taken from the earth. And the eunuch answered Philip, and said, I pray thee, of whom speaketh the prophet this? of himself, or of some other man? Then Philip opened his mouth, and began at the same scripture, and preached unto him Jesus. And as they went on their way, they came unto a certain water: and the eunuch said, See, here is water; what doth hinder me to be baptized? And Philip said, If thou believest with all thine heart, thou mayest. And he answered and said, I believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God. And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him. And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing.”

This is what the Bible says!

So, a person can be lost and not do any really bad sins, or even be overtaken by any sin. Some people just need to accept Jesus, and yes, Jesus wants to save those people too!

Many other people are in really bad sins before they get saved and Jesus will save them too!

Everyone must come to Him with a repentant and yielding heart!

God is willing to save anyone.

The only thing that is going to stop anyone from getting saved is their own foolish pride. Pride is the only thing that can prevent anyone from finding repentance. Having feelings or not having feelings does not matter.

That was Esau’s problem. Esau found no place for repentance, though he sought carefully for it with tears (Hebrews 12:17). It is not that God would not save him, it was that he could not force his heart to relinquish his pride and repent and accept God’s will.

See the promise of Israel was to Abraham, then to Isaac. Then Isaac had 2 sons. God said that the older would serve the younger, not that the older would be completely disinherited.

From Adam all the way down to Isaac there was always one man who was the rightful High Priest and King. When it came to Abraham God made a covenant with Abraham that those offices would continue through his line.

Isaac had 2 sons. All God was saying by that the older would serve the younger was that God had chosen Jacob (the younger) to be the King and Esau (the older) to be the High Priest. The Bible even says in Hebrews 12:17 that Esau would have received the blessing, but he refused to repent.Esau was proud and power hungry. He wanted to be the King not the High Priest. He despised the priesthood. Therefore, God cut him off, and the kingship and priesthood was given to two of Jacob’s sons: Judah and Levi, and Esau was cut off because of his own foolish pride.

However, God still commanded Israel to allow an Edomite family to join the congregation in the 3rd generation (Deuteronomy 23:7-8). So, there was a restoring available to Esau’s descendants, but they could never be restored to the priesthood. That was lost to them forever.

God will never refuse to save anyone, but a person can refuse to repent.

If a person falls into any of those certain sins listed above, or if they are overtaken by any sin, then they were never saved!

That is the Word of God! And if you from this day forward teach or preach anything else then you have gone apostate, because you are willingly teaching a damnable heresy, and that would prove that you have never been saved!

A saved person can be misled into a damnable heresy, but once they realize their mistake then they will repent. A person who does not repent shows they have never been saved.

In addition, The Bible also says that we are not to receive people into our house (also meaning church because it can be figurative Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible with Greek and Hebrew Dictionaries # G3614) who preach that a saved person can fall into any sin that a lost person can commit.

2 John 1:9-11 “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son. If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds.”

(2 John 1:9 also shows that the only people in the Parable of the Sower who got saved were the “good ground” because they were the only ones who kept abiding in the doctrine of Christ; see Matthew 13:3-23.)

You need to search your own heart and make sure you are saved.

As I just got done explaining with much Scripture, if you have ever done any of those sins listed above since you made your profession of faith, then you did not truly get saved, and you need to get saved now.

So, search your heart (2 Corinthians 13:5), ask God if you have ever fallen into any of those sins or if you have ever been overtaken by any sin since your profession, if you find that you have, or if you just are not sure, then just go ahead and make a new commitment to Christ right now. That is all you need to do.

If you find that the Holy Spirit has kept you and you have not ever fallen into any of those sins, nor have ever been overtaken by any sin since your profession of faith, then you are truly saved, and you can rejoice in the fact that you can never fall into any of those sins!

Either way, make sure you teach others these truths for now on. And speak to your family and friends make sure they are truly saved too.

If you know anyone who has fallen into any of those sins, go warn them that they need to get saved. They are on their way to Hell, they are not just backslidden.

In addition, nowhere in the Bible does it say that if a person doubts their salvation, then they are saved!

That is another damnable heresy from the pits of Hell, that is sending people to Hell!

The Bible commands everybody to doubt their salvation in order that they will get saved, if they are not!

2 Corinthians 13:5a “Examine yourselves, whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.”

As I said before, it is also very clear that people can deceive themselves into thinking they are saved. Galations 6:1-8.

Therefore, a person doubting their salvation could be God drawing them to true salvation!

And a wolf preaching that doubting proves salvation, is going to cause the person doubting to not get saved and end up in the flames of eternal Hell!

Furthermore, God will remind someone of their sins if they are lost, even if they have deceived themselves into thinking they are saved, in order to convince them that they need to get saved!

Remember, a saved person does not have to work at not doing those really evil sins.

When a person truly repents and makes a true commitment to Jesus Christ, then the Holy Spirit just comes in and makes it impossible for them to fall that bad. The Holy Spirit puts a love for God in our hearts and makes us want to please God and not do anything to displease Him. If we just simply love God with all of our hearts and love our neighbor as ourselves then it we obey all of God’s commandments. (Matthew 22:36-40)

James 5:19-20 “Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” This is speaking of Hell, not physical death.

If you are not sure you are saved, please go to http://shiningthelightministries.com/how-to-get-to-heaven/ and just make a commitment to Christ now.

You’re Religious But Will You Go To Heaven?

Heaven

Not All Religious People Will Go to Heaven.

Jesus said in Matthew 7:21-23 “Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.”

This passage of Scripture shows that someone could even cast out devils and do miracles in Jesus’ Name, and still not go to heaven.

In order to go to heaven we must do the Father’s will.

What is the Father’s will?

John 6:40 “And this is the will of him that sent me, that every one which seeth the Son, and believeth on him, may have everlasting life: and I will raise him up at the last day.”

John 3:16″ For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

It is the Father’s will that we believe in Jesus, if we do not believe in Jesus, we do not go to heaven. No matter how religious we are. Hell is full of religious people.

How do we believe in Jesus?

The Bible says in Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.

The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

In order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must:

 Be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is (God in the flesh John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 3:16, and 1 John 5:7; Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:30-35) and what He has done (died on a cross 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body Luke 24:39), and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).

It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins, and go to heaven.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

God does not want you to go to Hell! He wants you to get saved!

Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Your actions may not change immediately after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.

This is the only way you can go to heaven.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

If you have never believed in Jesus and repented of your sins, please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

The prayer does not save you.

The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you.

The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.

Here is the prayer:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”

Get saved now. Don’t wait! Many people are dying right now, even some young and healthy people are dying from the Corona virus. You never know when you will die. God does not promise you another minute.

The Bible says after death you are judged!

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

In addition, you will always remember this time when you could have been saved by simply believing in Jesus and repenting of your sins, but refused too, and that will torment you worse than the flames!

Don’t make that fatal mistake! Get saved now, so you will go to heaven!

Hell is Not a Party!

Hell is Not a Party! Hell is Torment!

Hell is not a party, Hell is torment!

Revelation 14:11a “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,”

Jesus said there is fire in Hell.

Mark 9:43-44 “ And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched. Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched.” These verses mean to get rid of whatever is stopping you from getting saved, so you do not go to Hell, even if it is a physical body part.”

If you go to Hell, you will never get out, you will be tormented there forever!

The phrase “their worm dieth not” in the passage of Scripture given above is simply saying that people will not die in Hell, but that they will be tormented in fire forever.

Man is referred to as a “worm” in Job 25:6 “How much less man, that is a worm? and the son of man, which is a worm?”

Jesus said that people will die in their sins and go to Hell if they do not believe in Him.

Matthew 23:33 “Ye serpents, ye generation of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell?” If you read the few verses before this one you will see he was speaking to the religious leaders who did not believe in Him.

John 8:24 “I said therefore unto you, that ye shall die in your sins: for if ye believe not that I am he, ye shall die in your sins.” If you go to this passage in the Bible and look at verse 13 you will see that he was talking to the religious leaders who did not believe in Him, just like He was in Matthew 23.

So, yes, Jesus said that people will die in their sins and go to Hell if they do not believe in Him.

Now look at these verses:

Romans 6:23 “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.”

Revelation 20:14-15 “And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death. And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire,”

Jesus said that if people did not believe in Him then they would die in their sins and go to Hell, the wages of sin is death, that death is the Lake of fire that hell is cast into. Therefore, if you do not believe in Jesus, you will die in your sins, and go to hell and then the lake of fire.

You will be tormented in Hell and then in the lake of fire (remember Hell is thrown into the lake of fire) for all eternity, you will never get out.

Revelation 14:11a “And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night,”

You will not even have the comfort of a single drop of water to cool your tongue in Hell!

Luke 16:19-31 “There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day: And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores, And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores. And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried; And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom. And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame. But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented. And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence. Then he said, I pray thee therefore, father, that thou wouldest send him to my father’s house: For I have five brethren; that he may testify unto them, lest they also come into this place of torment. Abraham saith unto him, They have Moses and the prophets; let them hear them. And he said, Nay, father Abraham: but if one went unto them from the dead, they will repent. And he said unto him, If they hear not Moses and the prophets, neither will they be persuaded, though one rose from the dead.”

This is not a parable. This is a true account. Jesus used Lazarus’s name. Jesus never named anyone in parables. That rich man really went to Hell, and he is still being tormented in that flame today, and he has never received any comfort from his torments, not even a single drop of water!

Now, Jesus has risen from the dead. Will you listen to Him and be saved from Hell?

What is worth going to Hell for?

Matthew 16:26 “For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?”

Whatever you are thinking of exchanging your soul for, you will realize was not worth it! Once you are burning in the flames of Hell!

You are not promised another minuet of life! You could die and fall into Hell at any moment!

God gives life; therefore He can take it whenever He wants too! God does not answer to us, we answer to Him! He is God! We are like worms!

Once you die that is it! Nowhere does the Bible promise another chance to get saved after death!

No!

The Bible says after death you are judged!

Hebrews 9:27 “And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:”

And as shown earlier, if you die in your sins by not believing in Jesus then you go to Hell, and Hell is not a party!

What does it mean to believe in Jesus?

Romans 10:9 “That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.”

To believe in Jesus does not mean to only be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus is and what He did.

The word “believe” in Romans 10:9 in the Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance roots backwards twice to a word, which means “obey” (the word believe is Strong’s # 4100 in the Greek, which comes from # 4102, which comes from # 3982, which means obey and also yield).

This shows that true faith is rooted in obedience.

Therefore, in order to fulfill the requirements of salvation in Romans 10:9 you must be fully persuaded in your mind of who Jesus Christ is (God in the flesh John 1:1-3, John 1:14, John 3:16, and 1 John 5:7; Born of a virgin Matthew 1:18-25 and Luke 1:30-35) and what He has done (died on a cross 1 Corinthians 15:3-4 and arose from the dead in a flesh and bone body Luke 24:39), and your heart must change from wanting to sin to wanting to obey God. This is an immediate change of your heart (meaning desire and will).

It means that you yield (submit) your will to God’s will.

That is repentance of sins, and it is required for you to receive forgiveness of your sins.

Luke 13:5 “I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.”

God does not want you to go to Hell! He wants you to get saved!

Ezekiel 18:23 “Have I any pleasure at all that the wicked should die? saith the Lord GOD: and not that he should return from his ways, and live?”

Ezekiel 18:23 agrees with 2 Peter 3:9 “The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance.”

In addition, Matthew 9:13 says “But go ye and learn what that meaneth, I will have mercy, and not sacrifice: for I am not come to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.”

Your actions may not change immediately after you get saved, but you are going to be so convicted over your sin, when you mess up, that you are going to cry out to God to help you to change.

This is the only way you can go to heaven.

Acts 4:12 “Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.”

If you have never believed in Jesus and repented of your sins, please do it now. Here is a prayer that you can pray word for word or use as a guide to tell God that you believe the gospel, repent of your sins and ask Him to forgive you of your sins.

The prayer does not save you.

The decision to believe in Jesus and repent of your sins is what saves you.

The prayer just helps you tell God that you have made these decisions.

Here is the prayer:

“Dear God, I know that I am a sinner and I believe that Jesus Christ died on the cross and bodily arose from the dead 3 days later to pay for my sins. I repent of my sins. Please forgive me of my sins and help me to obey you and live for you for now on. Please take me to heaven when my life on this earth is over. Thank you for saving me. In Christ Jesus name, Amen.”

As I wrote above, you could die at any moment, and whatever you are thinking of exchanging your soul for, you will realize was not worth it! Once you are burning in the flames of Hell!

In addition, you will always remember this time when you could have been saved by simply believing in Jesus and repenting of your sins, but refused too, and that will torment you worse than the flames!

Don’t make that fatal mistake! Get saved now!

Hell is not a party! It is torment!