“The following is a story of a brother in Christ that was saved and then commits a really GROSS SIN, and still remains SAVED !!
The story is found in 1 Corinthians 5:1-5, this is a story of a really GROSS SIN committed by a SAVED believer that is taking place within the Corinthian church.
Verse One – It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife.
That is a really gross sin for a son to commit fornication with his mother or step-mother !! Paul is not clear if it is a mother or step-mother , I assume that it is a step-mother.
Verse two – And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you.
It is very clear that this man’s sin is very well known by the members of the congregation, and that the congregation has done nothing about it !! They need to separate themselves from this man. It is an open sin that is a blemish on the congregation. ( See Galatains 6:1 ) This man’s sin gives that congregation a bad testimony !!
Verses three thru four ……………
3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed,
4. In the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ,
The first part of verse five – 5 To deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, ………………………
So Paul is telling this congregation to put this man out of the congregation, for God to deal with him, in so far as for God to allow Satan to take this man’s life early ( i.e ” destruction of the flesh ” ) . But the man involved in this gross sin is a believer, and ultimately what happens ?? …….
Verse five continued – that the spirit may be (( SAVED )) in the day of the Lord Jesus.
The day of the Lord Jesus, is the judgement seat of Christ, and at the judgement seat of Christ , the man is SAVED, but he shall suffer LOSS! ( See 1 Corinthians 3:12-15 )
So as a SAVED BELIEVER, it is clear that sin does NOT send you to hell !!
Your sin has no effect on the relationship that you have with God. You have to understand that you can NOT lose your salvation due to sin !! ( See Ephesians 1:13-14, WE ARE SEALED! ) The man WAS saved, so he did NOT have to repent of the GROSS SIN that he was committing !! If he wanted rewards in heaven, then he did need to repent of the sin that he was committing !!”
His post was long and continued and was full of even more heresies, like saying God cannot punish us because Jesus died for us, that if you could stop sinning you wouldn’t need Jesus, that if you think you have to repent of your sins and that you can lose your salvation you are trying to save yourself with your works, etc. His post was horrible.
All I responded with was this:
You forgot the rest of the story. Paul said in 2 Corinthians that his first letter (1 Corinthians) brought those who were sinning in the church to repentance – repentance to salvation.
2Co 7:8-11 – “For though I made you sorry with a letter, I do not repent, though I did repent: for I perceive that the same epistle hath made you sorry, though it were but for a season. Now I rejoice, not that ye were made sorry, but that ye sorrowed to repentance: for ye were made sorry after a godly manner, that ye might receive damage by us in nothing. For godly sorrow worketh repentance TO SALVATION not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death. For behold this selfsame thing, that ye sorrowed after a godly sort, what carefulness it wrought in you, yea, what clearing of yourselves, yea, what indignation, yea, what fear, yea, what vehement desire, yea, what zeal, yea, what revenge! In all things ye have approved yourselves to be clear in this matter.”
So those who were sinning which Paul rebuked in 1 Corinthians repented and got saved.
The Biblical fact remains that sin is only forgiven after it is repented of. And praise God that the sinners inside the Corinthian church, mentioned in 1 Corinthians, repented to salvation!
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