The Sin That Leads to Death: Continuing In Blatant Willful Outward Sin

NKJV 1 John 5:16 If anyone sees his brother sinning a sin which does not lead to death, he will ask, and He will give him life for those who commit sin not leading to death. There is sin leading to death. I do not say that he should pray about that. 17 All unrighteousness is sin, and there is sin not leading to death.

I think something very serious is going on here. Why does this passage tell us not even to pray for those who commit this ‘Sin That Leads to Death’? I think John is referring to a special kind of idolatry here. After all we are even told to pray for our enemies, so why shouldn’t we pray for these sinners unto death? This passage holds the key:

NLT 1 Cor 5:3 Even though I am not with you in person, I am with you in the Spirit. And as though I were there, I have already passed judgment on this man 4 in the name of the Lord Jesus. You must call a meeting of the church. I will be present with you in spirit, and so will the power of our Lord Jesus. 5 Then you must throw this man out and hand him over to Satan so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns. 6 Your boasting about this is terrible. Don’t you realize that this sin is like a little yeast that spreads through the whole batch of dough? 7 Get rid of the old “yeast” by removing this wicked person from among you. Then you will be like a fresh batch of dough made without yeast, which is what you really are. Christ, our Passover Lamb, has been sacrificed for us. 8 So let us celebrate the festival, not with the old bread[h] of wickedness and evil, but with the new bread of sincerity and truth. 9 When I wrote to you before, I told you not to associate with people who indulge in sexual sin. 10 But I wasn’t talking about unbelievers who indulge in sexual sin, or are greedy, or cheat people, or worship idols. You would have to leave this world to avoid people like that. 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.”

This man who lived in blatant willful sin while claiming to be believer needed to be turned over to Satan, removed from the gathering so that the gathering would not be tarnished with the yeast wickedness and evil, and that ‘his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns'[verse 5]. The gathering is to worship with ‘the new bread of sincerity and truth’. We find that this man was soon restored to the gathering, after he turned from his sin[2 Cor 7:7-13].

The reason that we are not to pray for forgiveness for believer’s committing these willful ongoing sins is to keep the gathering sincere and true, to keep them from wickedness and evil. This sinner was turned over to Satan so that he would see the consequences, sinning unto death, and turn back to God. We are not even allowed to eat with [or pray for forgiveness for] these believers who openly indulge in: sexual sin [living out of wedlock, homosexuality, or participating in prostitution], greed[cheating others], the open worship of idols, abuse, or drunkenness.

The same list of sins[from 1 Cor 5:11] is repeated in the next chapter with a few more specifics. Take a look.

NLT 1 Cor 6:9 Don’t you realize that those who do wrong will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Don’t fool yourselves. Those who indulge in sexual sin, or who worship idols, or commit adultery, or are male prostitutes, or practice homosexuality, 10or are thieves, or greedy people, or drunkards, or are abusive, or cheat people—none of these will inherit the Kingdom of God. 11Some of you were once like that. But you were cleansed; you were made holy; you were made right with God by calling on the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.

When we are cleansed and made holy by calling on Jesus and the Holy Spirit we will turn from these sins unto death, these willful sins that can keep us out of Heaven. Here’s the passage discusses the good things that resulted after the adulterer was turned over to Satan.

2 Cor 7:8-13

8 I am not sorry that I sent that severe letter to you, though I was sorry at first, for I know it was painful to you for a little while. 9 Now I am glad I sent it, not because it hurt you, but because the pain caused you to repent and change your ways. It was the kind of sorrow God wants his people to have, so you were not harmed by us in any way. 10 For the kind of sorrow God wants us to experience leads us away from sin and results in salvation. There’s no regret for that kind of sorrow. But worldly sorrow, which lacks repentance, results in spiritual death. 11 Just see what this godly sorrow produced in you! Such earnestness, such concern to clear yourselves, such indignation, such alarm, such longing to see me, such zeal, and such a readiness to punish wrong. You showed that you have done everything necessary to make things right. 12 My purpose, then, was not to write about who did the wrong or who was wronged. I wrote to you so that in the sight of God you could see for yourselves how loyal you are to us. 13 We have been greatly encouraged by this.

Dear God,

Help us to keep our worship gatherings clean and pure, to reject any seekers who claim to be believers yet continue to indulge in: sexual sin [living out of wedlock, homosexuality, or participating in prostitution], greed[cheating others], the worship of idols, abuse, or drunkenness. Keep us from even eating with these people who are committing the sin unto death. Give us the strenght to simply turn them over to Satan “so that his sinful nature will be destroyed and he himself will be saved on the day the Lord returns”. In Jesus Mighty Name We Pray, Amen.

Glenn

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