Most Christians actually believe that they can’t be lost once they have heard the gospel (Rom 10:17), believed and confessed Jesus to be the Christ (Rom 10:10), repented and were baptized into the body of Christ (Acts 2:38). We all know “Once saved, always saved” is a false doctrine, but for some unknown reason we only want to apply this to denominations. It applies to everyone, including members of the Lord’s church! There are many reasons why a person will not be saved even after they have obeyed the gospel of Christ. Here are just a few for your consideration.
Why do do many believe that it is okay to lie? People lie in business all the time and they think this is something God condones. If you ever bought a car you have spoken to a pack of professional liars. Politicians lie to get elected. People lie on their resume’; People lie to get a loan; People lie to get a date or get married; People lie so much that they themselves don’t even know when they are lying. No matter your reasons for lying, remember, all liars shall be cast into the lake of fire (Rev 21:8).
America is the land of the greedy. Most everyone is out for themselves and no one else.We live in a land where nearly half the population actually believe that helping the poor is a sin. There are many who say that the minimum wage is an abomination to God. They actually believe in taking from the poor and giving to the rich. Perhaps they need to read James chapter 5:1-6 over and over again. Perhaps they need to read the story of the rich man and Lazarus and understand that this rich man was greedy (Lk 16:10-31). Jesus commanded us to love our neighbor as ourselves (Jam 2:8) and to love fellow brethren as Christ also loved us and gave himself for us (Jn 13:34,35). Yes, your salvation is contingent on how much you help others (Gal 6:10)!
Most Christians will quickly tell you that they are not racists. Yet, some preachers, elders, and deacons of the Lord’s church are members of the Ku Klux Klan. Shocking? The belief that all members of each race possess characteristics or abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior or superior to another race or races is defined as racism. Often it is revealed in interracial marriage or dating. Racism in the church is often revealed in segregation, all white or all black churches. Where churches are mixed, racism is revealed when the leadership or the preachers who fill the pulpit are of all one race. James said, “If you show partiality, you commit sin, and are convicted by the law as transgressors” (Jam 2:9).
Obeying The Doctrines of Men
Why is it that most Christians can’t understand that they can’t worship God anyway that they choose. God wants us to worship him in spirit and in truth (Jn 4:23,24). When we teach for doctrine the doctrines of men, we worship God in vain (Mt 15:7-9). We only abide in Christ and God when we obey the doctrine of Christ and his apostles (2 Jn 9 f; Acts 2:42). The commandments of men turn us from the truth and not to the truth (Tit 1:14).
Forsaking The Assembly
It seems such a small thing to skip a worship service. Perhaps we need to work. Perhaps it is an emergency. Perhaps we are actually sick. However, most often we just don’t want to assemble with the saints of God or we have better things to do. Maybe there is a movie or sporting event we want to see. Maybe we are not learning anything new. Maybe we are bored when we assemble. Maybe we are not seeing any value of attending each Lord’s day. Remember, we assemble each Lord’s day remember the Lord’s death (1 Cor 11:24-26), to give of our means (1 Cor 16:1-3), and to learn of God’s Word (2 Tim 4:2-5). No one forsakes eating for very long and not die. No one forsakes the assembly for very long and not die spiritually. Forsaking the assembly is a sin (Heb 10:25).
We most often think of usurping authority for women. However, it is for men too. Women usurp authority (take the place of (someone in a position of power) illegally: supplant, when they lead prayer, lead singing, teach, preach or lead the church (1 Tim 2:11-15). Men usurp authority when they take on the power of elders when they are not qualified to be an elder. I have even seen a very wealthy men in the presence of elders use their wallet to have their way over the will of elders. God placed qualified men to preach and lead. Usurping that authority is a sin (1 Tim 3:1-13)!
Adding or Subtracting From God’s Word
Both the law of Moses and the law of Christ forbid adding to or taking from God’s Word. Moses wrote, “You shall not add to the word which I command you, nor take from it, that you may keep the commandments of the Lord your God which I command you” (Deut 4:2). John wrote, “For I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to these things, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book; and if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part from the Book of Life, from the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book” (Rev 22:18,19). We are commanded not to go beyond the things which are written (1 Cor 4:6). We are forbidden to change the gospel of Christ (Gal 1:6-9). We are commanded to speak the oracles of God (1 Pet 4:11).
Fornication seems to be an archaic word because we no longer use it in modern vernacular. It simple means sexual immorality. This definition includes homosexuality and lesbianism, bestiality, rape, and all forms of sexual behavior between a man and a woman. Much too often Christians are buying into the belief of trying out the merchandise before buying. This is why cohabitation outside of marriage is so prevalent in the church. Fornication is a sin against the body (1 Cor 6:18) and is a mortal sin (1 Cor 6:9 f; Gal 5:19). Run from it not to it!
God designed one man, for one woman, for life. However, even members of the Lord’s church believe they have found a way around that. Perhaps this is why elders, deacons, and preachers are all committing adultery at such an alarming rate. We all know of the one exception Jesus spoke of in Matthews 19:9, i.e., fornication. First of all, no where in the bible did God ever grant women the right to divorce their husband and remarry and it not being adultery. Read Romans 7:2,3 and 1 Cor 7:39. Both verses state a woman who has a living husband and married to another shall be called an adulteress. Secondly, even men who are eligible to remarry are often marrying these adulteresses, which makes them commit adultery as well. I could easily devote an entire lesson on adultery, but it is suffice to say that adultery is the number one reason why Christians will die and be judged to hell.
Conclusion: I could easily speak of a multitude of sins which can condemn a Christian to hell, but I believe the point is clearly made. All Christians must remain faithful unto death in order to receive a crown of life (Jam 1:12 f; Rev 2:10). If you are a Christian and have committed any kind of sin, repent, take up your cross and follow after Christ (Mt 16:24-26).