As God’s creations people can overplay the “big sins” outlined specifically in the Bible and maintain an unrighteousness status with Yahweh God, or if a believer, can according to the written word, thlen God can “blot out your name from the Book of Life” due to practiced sin.http://www.biblestudytools.com/commentaries/revelation/related-topics/names-blotted-out.html
The acts people commit neither condemns nor improves the spiritual position if one is spiritually dead and not a believer. Jesus instructed “if you have broken one law, then you have broken them all” conveys the message that performance cannot improve one’s spiritual condition, and there can be detrimental consequences for not producing fruits since “faith without works is dead”.
Theological debate rages whether a true believer sins. The apostle Paul conveys a very pointed message when he shares his efforts and struggles with his Christian beliefs and his Jewish background by saying, “the things I should not do I do, and the things I should do I don’t do”. Obviously Paul did things he should not have done, Does that mean he was not a true believer?http://gracethrufaith.com/ask-a-bible-teacher/real-christians-dont-sin/
There is a very broad sin concept announced in the Bible which states, “whoever knows something is right and does not do it, then it is sin to that person”. It broadens the concept of whoever knows something is wrong and does it is committing willful sin. Add to it that breaking one law means you have broken them all, and a very sad spiritual state sits with all people.
Paul articulated “I die daily”, meaning he made a daily visit of repentance of putting his fleshly desires and sinful ways to death by the blood of Christ. Salvation is a process and not a one-time event which is an erroneous teaching that birthed the once saved always saved belief. It would be nice to be home free once your name is written in the Book of Life, but that would conflict with other Bible concepts.http://www.preparingforeternity.com/oncesave.htm
Simple doctrines as taking communion among believers clearly warns about participating unworthily in the sacrament which is a reason some bring sickness, damnation, or even premature death upon themselves. If one was once save always saved, there would not be a need to worry about taking communion unworthily.
Salvation is a gift from God, not of works, lest anyone would boast. Nobody is worthy of the gift of salvation because it is a compete work of the grace of God through His chosen method in Jesus Christ. When believers eventually sin, God is still merciful and has a process in place for believers to reconcile back to God, and that is through 1 John 1:9;
“If we confess our sin, He is faithful and true to forgive us of our sin, and cleanse us of all righteousness”
The Bible is full of believers that sinned and demonstrated performances that violated God’s written law, and they knew it violated God’s written law. There were sins due to commission or omission. Some sins were “biggies” as murder, adultery, idolatry, and some were refusals to be obedient to what God instructed by acts of willful rebellion.
The Spirit being a war with the flesh is an ongoing battle that is never resolved only by human effort. Believers are instructed to abstain from even the appearance of evil, a directive that shows that temptation and potential to fail requires due diligence and strength through the newly created spirit given to each follower of Christ. Sin can also impact the sinner or those around can be affected. The destructive power of sin is not completely understood.
Add the variable of free will and the potential is ever present to fall, and there are examples today of great men and women of the faith experiencing moral failure. It would seem silly to pronounce everyone that sins is not really a true believer because nobody would qualify.
According to the Bible, Jesus is the Perfect High Priest making intercession on behalf of the saints, the key word being “making”, an ongoing active practice that was not finished once He sat down at the right hand of God. Instead of going once into the Holy of Holies as in the custom of the high priest on Earth once a year, making intercession on behalf of the saints is an ongoing process based on perfecting the inward man or spirit that has been reborn.
This continuous cleansing process needs to be accomplished by God’s standards which has a zero tolerance for sin. Since God cannot fellowship with sin, it is mandatory for sin to be eliminated through the provision God provided. Achan’s sin of touching the accused thing from Jericho demonstrates that Yahweh God will not have His Holy Presence coexist with unresolved sin with Achan or anybody in association.
Those believing that confession of sin not yet committed is covered by what Christ did on the cross are making an error regarding confession of sin. One is supposed to confess according to 1 John 1:9 and the rest of the process of being faithful and just to forgive the transgression is based on the confession and repenting. The believer is returned back to right standing just as King David was justified after admitting his transgression, being genuinely sorrowful, and not repeating the offense in the future. This is the basis for true repentance.
Repenting weekly at the altar or confessional where one using God’s grace as a Carte Blanche to repeat the same transgressions over and over merely shows the individual is not really sorry and makes a mockery of God’s grace and mercy. The intent of the heart allows God to measure if forgiveness is truly to be dispensed. Since God knows the future, there is an infallible knowledge that will impute God to render the appropriate response.
God is more than willing to reconcile with His children, however it is contingent on God’s terms and not man’s irregular actions and motives.
A violation of right or duty and gross injustice is classified as iniquity. Whether the action is good or bad is irrelevant, but by what authority one is doing the action.
Jesus in Matthew 7: 22-23 declares that,
“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.”
God usually provides one acceptable way to do things without deviations…..anything else performed outside His will can qualify as action that separates Himself from whosoever performs it.