Christians who practice Iniquity are on the Broad Way to Hell

Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

“And then I will confess to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!'” … Jesus – Matthew 7:22

You don’t have to be perfect to be saved. None of us are. Except for Christ, no man has ever lived perfectly on this earth. But amongst the imperfect, there are those who fear God and those who do not fear Him. Those who fear God hate evil and understand that there are certain strong consequences for disobedience to God’s Word – both now and for eternity. Among those who do not fear God, there are both Christians and non Christians.

We know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. But of those who say that they have received Jesus, we are allowed to ask: how many of these show the marks of a follower of Jesus?

Jesus said: “He who follows Me will not walk in darkness.” This implies that whoever lives a life characterized by disobedience, hidden sin, iniquity and shameful things is not following Jesus. Those who habitually commit sin are the slaves of sin, according to Jesus, and will not remain in God’s House forever (John 8:34,35).

Jesus and the apostles taught both repentance and faith towards God. Without repentance, you are walking in darkness, you are not following Jesus, you are a moral fool in the eyes of God, you are a slave of sin. And in these perilous times, it is really easy to fall into this category. Just be like everyone else, just drift with the tide, and you’re there.

No big deal? Listen to God’s eternal Word which was written to spirit-filled Messianic believers in the Book of Hebrews.

Hebrews 10:26-30
For if we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery zeal being about to devour the adversaries.
Anyone disregarding the law of Moses dies without compassions on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
By how much worse punishment, do you think, will he be deemed worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, and has regarded as common the blood of the covenant, by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”

This passage is written to the people of God – it says “if WE sin willfully”. This passage is talking about the judgment of God on HIS PEOPLE – “The LORD will judge His people”. This passage is warning people who have been sanctified by the Blood of Jesus. It is warning people who by words and actions INSULT the Spirit of Grace. It is talking about being DEVOURED by fire.

There are lists of those who will be excluded from God’s presence.

1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
1Co 6:10 nor covetous, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

I’ve been financially ripped off by so-called ministers of the gospel. I suppose they believe that if they can fool me, they can fool God. Or perhaps that the end justifies the means. Not so. I have forgiven the debts and I don’t hold onto anything, but I don’t know if God has the same view. One man recently (in 2007) sent me $5000 relating to an incident I had forgotten about, which dates back to 1991. It seems that we may forget, but God doesn’t.

Jesus warned that even amongst people who had faith for miracles, signs and wonders there will be many who through iniquity disqualify themselves from God’s eternal Kingdom.

Many of us have been in that place at times because we have trusted spiritual leaders whose lives and teaching are corrupt, who teach that seriously aiming to obey God is not a requirement for entry into God’s Kingdom. Plenty of people break their promises and don’t bother to explain afterwards. If you believe that God is cool with that, its just because you read your Bible with blinkers on.

Therefore, “Do not be arrogant, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps He may not spare you either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God: upon those that fell, severity; but upon you, kindness, if you continue in His kindness. Otherwise you also shall be cut off.
(Romans 11:20-22)

The New Testament is full of severe warnings for disciples and believers. It is not just the Old Testament that warns the righteous to fear God and not trust that past righteousness will override the effects of future sin. We have trusted many times in lies designed to please men at the expense of the glory of God. The faith that justifies before God is not assent to a creed or agreement with sound doctrines. It is a living faith in Jesus Christ, the crucified and resurrected One, that puts you in touch with the living God, and crucifies your old rebellious self (Romans 6:3,4). True faith leads to obedience. This obedience is by the power of the Holy Spirit, but it is obedience nonetheless.

Paul said concerning God, “through whom we received grace and apostleship for obedience of faith among all the nations for His name,” (Romans 1:5) Yes, true faith has consequences of obedience towards the One in whom we have faith.

I fear that many people who have come to Christ have rejected His Lordship over their lives in practice. This is absolute folly. Only a few will be saved according to Jesus.

Matthew 7:13 “Enter in through the narrow gate; because wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in through it.
Matthew 7:14 “How narrow the gate, and confined the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it!”

If you are playing with pornography, if you are financially dishonest, if you are living for pleasure or worldly greatness and ignoring God’s Great Commission, if you hold unforgiveness in your heart against those who have dealt unjustly with you, you are in trouble.

God has dealt with me on all these issues at various times in my life and I am sure He will with you if required.

Please read the gospels again, repent, and cling to Jesus Christ in purity and truth. Do not rest in a dead faith which leaves you dead in your sins.

And pray that the Lord deliver you and your loved ones from the evil one. We are supposed to pray along those lines regularly. It is Wisdom to take Our Lord’s Words seriously.

What do YOU think?

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  1. I wholly agree that God hates sin and sinful habits in our lives. I am not saying that as true Christians we should take sin lightly with cavalier attitudes because we are going to heaven anyways. Sin has destructive consequences in this life and beyond. However, for the Christian, his or her sin has been forever cleansed, cancelled, redeemed, and wiped out by the precious blood of Christ. The salvation for the believer was wholly a gift from God, so no man may boast nor take credit for his or her own salvation. God holds that no flesh shall be glorified. Instead, God views us in Christ as new creations because that is exactly what a believer has become by the saving faith–which itself is a gift of God. We are no longer under the Old Covenant requiring frequent remission of sins by annual animal sacrifices but under the new covenant made possible by the blood of Christ–once and for all (See Hebrews 9:12-14). How can God render the same judgment of sin against His Children as against those who reject His Grace and are not His Children? To do so would contradict the very essence of the Gospel of Jesus. In fact, God is clear that He will discipline his own children. The Bible clearly states that God is the author, perfecter, and finisher of our faith and that He will preserve us until the day of redemption. How much of role did God say that we have concerning the beginning of our faith? Not that much, or maybe nothing at all, for Scripture says that the faith we had to believe was itself a gift from God. If you are a true born again Christian, the Holy Spirit resides in you. If you start living a worldly life, you did so because you believed some lie by the devil which distracted you from Him. You will reap the consequences of sinful living and the Holy Spirit will grieve within your heart and assuredly let you know about it. This happens everyday to all Christians. However, if you continue and continue in sin, always quenching the Spirit, then God, by his loving mercy and grace, will save you from yourself and discipline you. He will get your attention, no matter how rude that awakening may be, so that you may be restored to the right path and relationship with Him. This is why God says in Romans– “Those who he predestined, He also called. Those He called, He also justified. Those He justified, He also glorified.” This Christian life is a journey with the Lord. There will be peaks and valleys. As Paul explains in Romans 7, he is in a constant battle with his sinful flesh which is and will always be just as evil as it was the day you put your trust in Christ. However, the Answer to Sin, whether past sin, present sin, or future sin, was and will always be Jesus Christ. Paul declares the same as he concludes Romans 7–“Who shall save me from this body of death? Thanks be to God, who delivers me through Jesus Christ our Lord!” Note “delivers” is in the present tense, which means Paul is helpless to serve or please God, and cosigned to habitual sin,in his everyday life, without Christ’s power. The text does not say Christ delivered (past tense) me from sin, now I must make sure and true my commitment to Christ as my Lord to stay saved. The text says the exact opposite– I actually can’t serve Christ at all. I do just the opposite and I hate that about myself. At the end of Romans 7, Paul aptly concludes that he is nothing but wretched and can find no salvation or victory over sin in himself (his earnest commitment, his will power, his sincere desire to do good). He accepts the truth that he is helpless to live as a believer should. His humble and broken heart causes his eyes to look to Jesus Christ – who is our salvation -past, present, and future.

    In conclusion, I believe your assertions can only be reconciled with Romans 7 by the fact that God is ultimately the one who authored, preserves, and perfects our faith through Christ according to his sovereign Grace and Love.

  2. Do you believe that sin was acceptable to Apostle Paul? Probably not, neither do I. However, how do you explain his open confession of his HABITUAL sin, and is utter failure to do what is good. According to your interpretation of Scripture, Paul would be in danger of “insulting the spirit of Grace” mentioned in Hebrews 10:26-30. Correct? Can you reconcile Romans Chap 7 with Hebrews 10:26-30?

  3. If those who practice iniquity are on path to Hell according to Scripture, then was Paul on pathway to Hell when he confesses that he practices sin, and does not do what he knows he should in Romans 7? How do you reconcile Romans 7 with your assertions ?

    • Glenis Goldsmith says:

      Hi Scott, we must never take scripture out of context without reading the whole book first to be a good steward approved, rightly dividing the Word of God unashamedly.
      Again, therefore, Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows me will not walk in the darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12)

      “And then I will confess to them, ‘I never knew you! Depart from Me, you who work iniquity!'” … Jesus – Matthew 7:22

      You don’t have to be perfect to be saved. None of us are. Except for Christ, no man has ever lived perfectly on this earth. But amongst the imperfect, there are those who fear God and those who do not fear Him. Those who fear God hate evil and understand that there are certain strong consequences for disobedience to God’s Word – both now and for eternity. Among those who do not fear God, there are both Christians and non Christians.

      We know that Jesus is the way, the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father but by Him. But of those who say that they have received Jesus, we are allowed to ask: how many of these show the marks of a follower of Jesus?

      Jesus said: “He who follows Me will not walk in darkness.” This implies that whoever lives a life characterized by disobedience, hidden sin, iniquity and shameful things is not following Jesus. Those who habitually commit sin are the slaves of sin, according to Jesus, and will not remain in God’s House forever (John 8:34,35).

      Jesus and the apostles taught both repentance and faith towards God. Without repentance, you are walking in darkness, you are not following Jesus, you are a moral fool in the eyes of God, you are a slave of sin. And in these perilous times, it is really easy to fall into this category. Just be like everyone else, just drift with the tide, and you’re there.

      No big deal? Listen to God’s eternal Word which was written to spirit-filled Messianic believers in the Book of Hebrews.

      Hebrews 10:26-30
      For if we sin willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins,
      but a certain fearful expectation of judgment, and fiery zeal being about to devour the adversaries.
      Anyone disregarding the law of Moses dies without compassions on the testimony of two or three witnesses.
      By how much worse punishment, do you think, will he be deemed worthy who has trampled the Son of God underfoot, and has regarded as common the blood of the covenant, by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace?
      For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine; I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The LORD will judge His people.”

      This passage is written to the people of God – it says “if WE sin willfully”. This passage is talking about the judgment of God on HIS PEOPLE – “The LORD will judge His people”. This passage is warning people who have been sanctified by the Blood of Jesus. It is warning people who by words and actions INSULT the Spirit of Grace. It is talking about being DEVOURED by fire.

      There are lists of those who will be excluded from God’s presence.

      1Co 6:9 Or do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites,
      1Co 6:10 nor covetous, nor thieves, nor drunkards, nor abusive people, nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

      I’ve been financially ripped off by so-called ministers of the gospel. I suppose they believe that if they can fool me, they can fool God. Or perhaps that the end justifies the means. Not so. I have forgiven the debts and I don’t hold onto anything, but I don’t know if God has the same view. One man recently (in 2007) sent me $5000 relating to an incident I had forgotten about, which dates back to 1991. It seems that we may forget, but God doesn’t.

      Jesus warned that even amongst people who had faith for miracles, signs and wonders there will be many who through iniquity disqualify themselves from God’s eternal Kingdom.

      Many of us have been in that place at times because we have trusted spiritual leaders whose lives and teaching are corrupt, who teach that seriously aiming to obey God is not a requirement for entry into God’s Kingdom. Plenty of people break their promises and don’t bother to explain afterwards. If you believe that God is cool with that, its just because you read your Bible with blinkers on.

      Therefore, “Do not be arrogant, but fear. For if God did not spare the natural branches, perhaps He may not spare you either. Behold then the kindness and severity of God: upon those that fell, severity; but upon you, kindness, if you continue in His kindness. Otherwise you also shall be cut off.
      (Romans 11:20-22)

      The New Testament is full of severe warnings for disciples and believers. It is not just the Old Testament that warns the righteous to fear God and not trust that past righteousness will override the effects of future sin. We have trusted many times in lies designed to please men at the expense of the glory of God. The faith that justifies before God is not assent to a creed or agreement with sound doctrines. It is a living faith in Jesus Christ, the crucified and resurrected One, that puts you in touch with the living God, and crucifies your old rebellious self (Romans 6:3,4). True faith leads to obedience. This obedience is by the power of the Holy Spirit, but it is obedience nonetheless.

      Paul said concerning God, “through whom we received grace and apostleship for obedience of faith among all the nations for His name,” (Romans 1:5) Yes, true faith has consequences of obedience towards the One in whom we have faith.

      I fear that many people who have come to Christ have rejected His Lordship over their lives in practice. This is absolute folly. Only a few will be saved according to Jesus.

      Matthew 7:13 “Enter in through the narrow gate; because wide is the gate, and broad is the way which leads to destruction, and many are those who enter in through it.
      Matthew 7:14 “How narrow the gate, and confined the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it!”

      If you are playing with pornography, if you are financially dishonest, if you are living for pleasure or worldly greatness and ignoring God’s Great Commission, if you hold unforgiveness in your heart against those who have dealt unjustly with you, you are in trouble.

      God has dealt with me on all these issues at various times in my life and I am sure He will with you if required.

      Please read the gospels again, repent, and cling to Jesus Christ in purity and truth. Do not rest in a dead faith which leaves you dead in your sins.

      And pray that the Lord deliver you and your loved ones from the evil one. We are supposed to pray along those lines regularly. It is Wisdom to take Our Lord’s Words seriously.
      I hope this has helped you to understand that sin is not acceptable to God for us as Christians to practice because it not only will harden our hearts, but will keep us out of Heaven and the Lambs Book of life.
      God bless you Scott.
      Glenis

      • Hi Glenis,

        I still don’t understand how you have reconciled Roman’s Chap 7 with your assertions. Paul clearly states that he practices the evil he hates, and fails to practice what he believes to be good. According to your assertions, Paul is walking in “darkness” and is in danger of being lost eternally. So do we, as observers, have the right to cast our own judgment on Paul and state that his faith is “folly”? Please reconcile Romans Chap. 7 with all that you have espoused. I respectfully await your response.

        Thank you.

        • Glenis Goldsmith says:

          Hi Scott,

          thank you for your quick response. I must apologise for not explaining to you more clearly about chapter 7 of the book of Romans.
          The book of Romans is a letter, not theology, written by Paul, to the Jews and Gentiles, laying-out a clear explanation of Gods Salvation.
          Paul is explaining in Chapter 7 of Romans, that it will be very hard not to sin if a believer puts his trust in the flesh, the law of sin, and do not exercise Faith in Christ and the Cross. Because without Faith in what Jesus has done on the Cross, we will all struggle to resist sin and put the deeds of the flesh to death. When a believer comes under the law of sin and death and not the law of the spirit of life in Christ Jesus, we will become self-willed, self-effort, religious effort, which is our own ability outside of Christ and the Cross, serving the Law of sin , rather the Law of God. I hope I have explained your questions.
          The book of Hebrews is not relating to Romans 7, it is talking about loosing ones salvation by wilfully continuing to sin without repentance.
          I am happy to answer any of your queries about Gods Word.
          God bless you in your relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ.
          Glenis

  4. warrior daughter says:

    After accepting Jesus Christ as a person’s personal Savior there is another step to take and many people forget to take that next step. They continue to have Jesus as their Savior but not their Lord of their life and their life means all points of their life. It is easy to keep Jesus out of certain areas of one’s life more especially if it is a area that needs to be cleaned up. A little bit of dirt in one’s life makes the entire life unholy…The Lord declares He wants His people to be holy for He is holy. Also we are to not give the devil an inch of our redeemed life for he will take more than an inch from us….

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