There is a teaching, predominantly by OSAS adherents, that our past, present, and FUTURE sins are forgiven. I’m going to give verses that state the contrary. I probably already ruffled your feathers just by the title but I ask that you please prayerfully consider what the Bible has to say. I know this is not a popular teaching, if taught at all, and so I ask that you please pray before you throw tomatoes at me. 🙂
So why is this doctrine taught? Perhaps they teach this way in an effort to safeguard their doctrine of eternal security. Some say that if it was possible for a Christian to lose his salvation, it could only occur through sin. Then they want to know just how many sin(s) is enough to make you lose your salvation – where do you draw the line? But what they fail to realize is that there are other ways to lose your salvation besides sinning which is denying Jesus through persecution and accepting a wrong plan of salvation. (this I’ll save for another blog entry at another time)
What is the result of this teaching? If you accept this premise, then your spiritual guard is not only down, it’s gone. You won’t ever need to guard against personal sin and it’s defiling abilities since you are already forgiven. This would mean you will always remain spiritually pure, just as you were the day you were saved, even if you would turn to sexual immorality, drunkenness, theft, idolatry, lying, murder, etc. You would never have to confess those sins to God that you committed after conversation, repent of them, forgive others who sinned against you, etc. to be purified, forgiven and cleansed, since you were never contaminated by any sin after conversion. In contrast, the spiritual danger of failing to do these is clear to anyone who has read through the NT with spiritual ears to hear and eyes to see, yet is seemingly hidden fromt he security-in-sin teachers themselves.
Biblical Evidence: Please note, these are said after Jesus’ death on the cross.
Yet you have a few people in Sardis who have not soiled their clothes. They will walk with me, dressed in white, for they are worthy. (Rev. 3:4)
Comment: All the other people in the church at Sardis did soil their spiritual clothes and were no longer worthy to walk with Jesus dressed in white. How did the majority, who were previously saved, get soiled? The answer is clear when you realize that sin can defile a Christian and even bring him to his spiritual death. That is why we have the following Scripture..
..Do not share in the sins of others. Keep yourself pure. (1 Tim 5:22)
Paul believed Timothy could become spiritually defiled again through sin and consequently told Timothy to keep himself pure. That would be meaningless if Timothy would turn to sin and automatically be pre-forgiven. Paul, and others, were repeatedly teaching like this, even to the point of telling Christians they could die spiritually through sin and not inherit the kingdom of God:
For if you live according to the sinful nature, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live. (Rom 8:13) But each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire, he is dragged away and enticed. Then, after desire has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth to death. Don’t be deceived, my dear brothers. (James 1:14-16)
The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Gal 5:19-21)
Hopefully you can see that sin committed after conversion can defile a Christian, bring him to his spiritual death and cause him not to inherit the kingdom of God. All of that would be impossible if his future sins were already forgiven before they were committed.
What the Bible says about past sins…
But if anyone does not have them, he is nearsighted and blind, and has forgotten that he has been cleansed from his past sins. (2 Pet 1:9)
That verse was written about any person who had been saved, but since has forgotten he was cleansed from his past sin. A Christian at the point of salvation is cleansed from all his sins up to that moment – his past sins.
When you were dead in your sins and in the uncircumcision of your sinful nature, God made you alive with Christ. He forgave us all our sins. (Col 2:13)
All of our sins were forgiven in a moment’s time when we got born again. If a Christian is afterwards deceived or yield to the devil’s temptations to sin, the following is given as a remedy:
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)
If we don’t confess those sins to God, which are committed after conversion, then we won’t be purified from their affects. A person who believes that future sins are forgiven have no reason to confess their sins to God to get purified since they think they are already forgiven.
There are other indications that a Christian’s future sins are not forgiven and that sin can spiritually defile a believer, even though Jesus died for all sins nearly 2000 years ago:
See to it that no one misses the grace of God and that no bitter root grows up to cause trouble and defile many. (Heb 12:15)
Since we have these promises, dear friends, let us purify ourselves from everything that contaminates body and spirit, perfecting holiness out of reverence for God. (2 Cor 7:1)
Also notice the following Scripture which shows that the apostle Paul knew of some who wandered away from a pure heart. In other words, sin can adversely affect a pure heart. This would be impossible if their future sins were already forgiven:
The goal of this command is love, which comes from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith. Some have wandered away from these and turned to meaningless talk. (1 Tim 1:5,6)
As Christians, we are also to have a certain frame of mind, a certain type of hope that will purify:
Dear friends, now we are children of God, and what we will be has not yet been made known. but we know that when he appears, we shall be like him, for we shall see him as he is. Everyone who has this hope in him purifies himself, just as he is pure. (1 John 3:2,3)
Jesus taught openly that sin can drag any lustful person to hell:
But I tell you that anyone who looks at a woman lustfully has already committed adultery with her in his heart. If your right eye causes you to sin, gouge it out and throw it away. It is better for you to lose one part of your body than for your whole body to be thrown into hell. (Mat 5:28,29)
The Lord also stated the stipulation for a Christian to get his sins forgiven, that is, he must forgive others who sin against him. Such a teaching would be impossible if his future sins were automatically forgiven before they were committed. If that was true, then there would be no conditions to get forgiven, unlike what Jesus states:
For if you forgive men when they sin against you, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins. (Mat 6:14,15)
Then the master called the servant in. “You wicked servant,” he said, “I canceled all that debt of yours because you begged me to. Shouldn’t you have had mercy on your fellow servant just as I had on you?” In anger his master turned him over to the jailers to be tortured, until he should pay back all he owed. This is how my heavenly Father will treat each of you unless you forgive your brother from your heart. (Mat 18:32-35)
Another verse that shows future sins are not automatically forgiven:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God. (Heb 10:26,27)
Clearly Heb 10:26,27 is referring to people who had been converted then decided to deliberately sin in a certain way.
Please cleave to the message of the Bible, not to these hireling teachers. Among other things it will show us the following, which also would be impossible if a Christian’s future sins were already forgiven:
So then, dear friends, since you are looking forward to this, make every effort to be found spotless, blameless and at peace with him. (2 Pet 3:14)
Being found spotless, blameless and at peace with God is not automatic. Christians under grace are to put forth every effort to remain in this condition:
Make every effort to enter through the narrow door, because many, I tell you, will try to enter and will not be able to. (Luke 13:24)
I’ve heard it argued that if we do anything in our walks, then it’s a “work”. Satan has made the word ‘works’ become a dirty word in Christiandom. He would have you believe that there is nothing required of us, that we can coast on into eternity without obedience, without being sanctified and so on. Satan has used God’s Word to distort God’s Word. Being obedient is not a work, it is a requirement for a child of God.
Dear readers, don’t let yourself or anyone else be deceived to the eternal security teacher’s Scriptural distortions. Contend for the faith against their deadly teachings. Souls hang in the balance. God bless you.
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