Top Level Sins

There are a group of sins that can cost us our salvation. We can be sinning in ways that can keep us out of heaven.  These sins lead to spiritual death.

 

NIV 1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that.

 

We are not to pray for God to help brothers whose sins can lead to death. We are called to do something. This passage spells it out for us:

 

NLT Gal 6;1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important . 4 Pay careful attention to your own work, for then you will get the satisfaction of a job well done, and you won’t need to compare yourself to anyone else. 5 For we are each responsible for our own conduct.

 

Perhaps this the way to apply the ‘do not judge’ verses with discernment. We shouldn’t judge others unless their sin a salvation issue, unless it is a sin that leads to death. So what are these sins that lead to death? What sins can cost us our salvation? I’ve assembled some passages that discuss this.

 

NIV Eph 5;5 For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person – such a man is an idolater – has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.

 

NIV Matt 5;20 For I tell you that unless your righteousness surpasses that of the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, you will certainly not enter the kingdom of heaven. Are You A Presumer – Performer?

 

NIV Matt 7;21 “Not everyone who says to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of heaven , but only he who does the will of my Father who is in heaven.

 

NIV Matt 18;2 He called a little child and had him stand among them. 3 And he said: “I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. 4 Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven. Let God Lead

 

NIV Matt 19;23 Then Jesus said to his disciples, “I tell you the truth, it is hard for a rich man to enter the kingdom of heaven . 24 Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” 25 When the disciples heard this, they were greatly astonished and asked, “Who then can be saved?” 26 Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

 

NIV 1 Cor 6;9 Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived: Neither the sexually immoral nor idolaters nor adulterers nor male prostitutes nor homosexual offenders 10 nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor swindlers will inherit the kingdom of God.

 

NLT 1 Cor 5;11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

 

Summarizing:

No sexual sinners, greedy (swindlers), idol worshipers, abusers, slanderers, impure, thieves, drunkards, or cheats will make it into heaven, only those who do the will of our Father.

 

So when we see fellow Christians sinning in these ways, it is our job to pull them back on the path. Actually some of these sins require a more severe response from us. We must pull away from those who call themselves believer and continue in these sins.

 

NLT 1 Cor 5;11 I meant that you are not to associate with anyone who claims to be a believer yet indulges in sexual sin, or is greedy, or worships idols, or is abusive, or is a drunkard, or cheats people. Don’t even eat with such people. 12 It isn’t my responsibility to judge outsiders, but it certainly is your responsibility to judge those inside the church who are sinning. 13 God will judge those on the outside; but as the Scriptures say, “You must remove the evil person from among you.”

 

Dear God,

Please help us to humbly apply these passages in our lives. Keep us from pride and vengeance, as we trust and follow your word and respond to your Holy Spirit.

 

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