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Does Sin Defile a Saved Person? [podcast]

"Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: 2 But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear." Isaiah 59:1-2 


Recently I was quickened to approach a certain group of pastors about a young pastor whom they work with. Regrettably, there was zero concern in those pastors concerning the blatant sin of the younger pastor. Be assured that my approach was gentle and biblical, with the desire to restore (Galatians 6:1-2). This group of pastors refused to even respond. I am guessing that if I’d have approached them with the idea of making a large financial donation, they’d have readily responded to my correspondence.

Jesus taught that sin defiles a man:

“And he said, That which cometh out of the man, that defileth the man. 21 For from within, out of the heart of men, proceed evil thoughts, adulteries, fornications, murders, 22 Thefts, covetousness, wickedness, deceit, lasciviousness, an evil eye, blasphemy, pride, foolishness: 23 All these evil things come from within, and defile the man.” Mark 7:20-23

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If sin didn’t defile a person in the eyes of a holy God, why O why would Jesus have given the following warning?

Mark 9

“43 And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 

44  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 

45  And if thy foot offend thee, cut it off: it is better for thee to enter halt into life, than having two feet to be cast into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched: 

46  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 

47  And if thine eye offend thee, pluck it out: it is better for thee to enter into the kingdom of God with one eye, than having two eyes to be cast into hell fire: 

48  Where their worm dieth not, and the fire is not quenched. 

49  For every one shall be salted with fire, and every sacrifice shall be salted with salt.” Mark 9:43-49

False teachers who perpetrate the eternal security/once saved always saved delusion will even find a way to try to take from what Jesus plainly stated above. Beware. Run from these wolves, these “ungodly men” whom our LORD warned us specifically about (Jude 4).

It’s clear that these “pastors” are unconcerned. They have no concern for their own souls apparently much less anyone else’s. That young man is defiled by sin, in need of help, and they could care less. They had no desire to help him. The remedy was simple in this case and a sure restoration of the young man was at hand. One conversation and prayer and it would have been healed, solved, made whole. But they refused to even be bothered, apparently in part, due to being so busy with church busine$$. In their deceived eyes, since we are saved by grace, sin no longer defiles. This scenario sounds exactly how Isaiah the prophet described a fallen priesthood of leaders.

“His watchmen are blind: they are all ignorant, they are all dumb dogs, they cannot bark (warn); sleeping, lying down, loving to slumber. 11 Yea, they are greedy dogs which can never have enough, and they are shepherds that cannot understand: they all look to their own way, every one for his gain, from his quarter. 12 Come ye, say they, I will fetch wine, and we will fill ourselves with strong drink; and to morrow shall be as this day, and much more abundant.” Isaiah 56:10-12

So many of today’s men who pose as pastors are sadly brazenly greedy, self-serving, blinded, lazy, unconcerned, and cannot warn. They and those they devour are in danger of eternal damnation unless they awake in repentance.

“He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Proverbs 28:13

Among the many who profess to know Christ, the remnant is known in that they judge themselves, daily examine themselves before God and man (1 Corinthians 11:31-32). They remain vigilant, ready to meet the soon coming KING – who’s coming back for His bride which is “a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:25-27). The true disciple of Jesus never makes excuses for his sins. Instead he’s repentant, broken, contrite, convicted and readily admits his faults and sins in confession before the LORD (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:6-2:2, etc.).

Those who foolishly espouse the myth of eternal security/once saved always saved, do so because they worship self, not the Savior. Their heretical theology is built around what caters to them, to their sin, and not Christ who is “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8; 1 Peter 1:18-19, etc.). They’ve made a god in their own evil image and are idolaters.

Contrary to what the vast majority of modern “Christian” leaders teach, sin must be reckoned with. It must be acknowledged, admitted, and confessed in true repentance of heart.

“IF (denotes condition) we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” 1 John 1:9

Notice carefully how the word “IF” is used here and not “when” – because God tells us here and elsewhere to sin not. It’s always a choice and it always brings forth the fruit of death (Romans 6:23; James 1:13-15). Those who speak and act as if they HAVE to sin are relegated to a life of falling into sin, and are apostate. Apparently, some of these who argue to justify sinning have never been born again and so have never tasted the power of Christ to overcome sin. Now, watch this closely and please share:

“My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye SIN NOT. And IFFFF any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:” 1 John 2:1

“If” clearly denotes a choice. The fact that God didn’t use the word “when” here is further proof that the LORD has set before His own people “life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live” (Deuteronomy 30:19). And what ever we sow we shall reap (Galatians 6:7-8).

Is sinning really worth the loss of the love, joy, and peace that will otherwise rule in the life of the true, abiding disciple? Is that sin really worth disturbing these divine blessings?

Those who teach the fairytale heresy of eternal security/OSAS teach something Jesus and His holy apostles never taught, and yet refuse to teach what Jesus and His apostles did teach – the necessity after being initially saved to “endure to the end,” to “abide” which means to remain, to continue in Him or lose all. He shall “cast them into the fire, and they are burned” (John 15:6; Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Colossians 1:23; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2:20-21). 

Whether they say it outright or not, most in Christian leadership today clearly believe and live like there are no consequences for sin, especially the eternal punishment that lies ahead for all lost souls, all who die in sin, all lukewarm backslidden souls.

“They have belied the LORD, and said, It is not he; neither shall evil come upon us; neither shall we see sword nor famine:” Jeremiah 5:12

As we see in the verse above, in the days of the prophet Jeremiah, when the people of God who claimed to be serving Him were living in sin, the servant of the LORD tells on them. He reveals that in their deceived hearts they had the crass attitude, the false notion that they were judgment-proof, that sin could not separate them from God. God’s Word says otherwise.

“For thou art not a God that hath pleasure in wickedness: neither shall evil dwell with thee.” Psalms 5:4

Many wish to be bonded to hell, to lies, to falsehood. They cling to their heretical traditions, setting aside the very Word of God to do so (Mark 7:6-9).

“Because ye have said, We have made a covenant with death, and with hell are we at agreement; when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, it shall not come unto us: for we have made lies our refuge, and under falsehood have we hid ourselves:” Isaiah 28:15


God is “Holy, holy, holy” and anyone living in sin after being saved is hell bound unless they repent before it’s too late.

If sin doesn’t separate us from God, the LORD has ceased to be “Holy, holy, holy” (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8) See also Isaiah 59:1-2; Romans 6:23 and Hebrews 12:14. Sin separates! The wages of sin is still death.

The divine declaration that “The wages of sin is death” which means separation from God, appears throughout Scripture (Romans 6:23).

“He that keepeth the commandment keepeth his own soul; but he that despiseth his ways shall die.” Proverbs 19:16 

Die or death always means separation.

“There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Romans 3:18

To be turned from “the snares of death” one must fear the LORD.

“The fear of the LORD is a fountain of life, to depart from the snares of death.” Proverbs 14:27

False teachers are known by the fruit, the fact that they treat sin lightly. They promise peace to those who aren’t abiding in Christ, aren’t truly holy which means separated to the LORD.

“They say still unto them that despise me (those who live in sin), The LORD hath said, Ye shall have peace; and they say unto every one that walketh after the imagination of his own heart, No evil shall come upon you.” Jeremiah 23:17

False teachers promise unconditional eternal security, not God!

No one on earth is “eternally secure” which means he would be guaranteed by God to be in Heaven – no matter how he lived after being saved. There’s no such promise in God’s Word but there are vile, demonic wolves who extrapolate this private interpretation out of certain verses to the exclusion of the whole of Holy Scripture. Every born again Christian on earth is guaranteed to be in Heaven with Jesus IF he endures to the end of his life in an abiding relationship with Jesus – if he died in faith (Ezekiel 33:12-13; Matthew 10:22; 24:13; Romans 11:20-22; Colossians 1:22-23; Hebrews 3, 12-14; 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2:20-21; Revelation 2:26; 3:5, etc.).

“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 17 If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.” 1 Corinthians 3:16-17

The Holy Spirit through Jude makes it clear that true men of God pull sinners out of the sin that leads them to eternal fire. They don’t leave them in sin, knowing they will burn if they die in sin.

“And others save with fear, pulling them out of the fire; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh.” Jude 23

God’s grace didn’t change His definition of sin. Sin still defiles the garments, mars the pure white robe of the righteousness He gave us upon salvation. The wages of sin is still death which is separation from God (Romans 6:1-2, 23).



“But I am in Christ since I was saved in the past!”


How can you possibly be “in Christ” while deliberately living in sin? Since when did the Almighty cease to be “Holy, holy, holy” after He saved you? He is holy and if you die in sin you are going to hell forever. Repent now and “be ye holy” as He is holy (Isaiah 6:3; Hebrews 12:14; 1 Peter 1:15-16; Revelation 4:8, etc.).

“What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Romans 6:1-2

As we meditate upon what we see in the modern church world, we will notice this great atrocity. The foretold perversion of the saving grace of Christ – which He gives to save us to Himself and from all sin.

“For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness (license for sin), and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ.” Jude 4

Here’s what Scripture reveals about the saving grace of Christ – that it’s not a license for sin but rather the divine power to live holy, ready for the return of Jesus:

“For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath appeared to all men, 12 Teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world; 13 Looking for that blessed hope, and the glorious appearing of the great God and our Saviour Jesus Christ; 14 Who gave himself for us, that he might redeem us from all iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works. 15 These things speak, and exhort, and rebuke with all authority. Let no man despise thee.” Titus 2:11-14

The fact that the above passage is never even mentioned by today’s self-proclaimed “grace teachers” is clear evidence that these are the very satanic wolves Jude warned us about who are “turning the grace of God into lasciviousness” which means a license for sin (Jude 4).

In our blindness, due to our own rebellion, we’ve forgotten or never learned that God is “Holy, holy, holy” and that without holiness, no man will be with the LORD (Isaiah 6:3; Revelation 4:8).

“Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: 15 Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled; 16 Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright. 17 For ye know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears.” Hebrews 12:14-17 

OSAS/eternal security is a lie from hell. OSAS was Satan’s first lie and so it’s blasphemy to teach this doctrine of devils and claim it’s part of the Gospel. You are attributing Satan’s lie to the LORD Jesus. Repent now sinner. See Genesis 2:17; 3:4; Romans 11:20-22; 1 Timothy 4:1; Hebrews 3:6, 12-14; 10:26-39; 2 Peter 2:20-21; Jude 4, etc..

The concept of an un-conditional eternal security is not established in Scripture … Except for it being Satan’s first teaching, His first lie – the “Ye shall NOT surely die” lie (Genesis 2:17; 3:4).

God Desires to Make Whole, to Forgive

I am not a good person. Neither are you. “There is none righteous, no, not one” (Romans 3:10). Admit it. The Bible and our own failing experience in this life clearly reveal such to be the case. The sooner we become HONEST with that which is more than obvious, announcing freely and transparently that there is “no good thing” in us except CHRIST, the sooner God will begin a fresh, deeper work in us! See Romans 7:18, 24—the cross!

“For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not.” Romans 7:18

“Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.” Ezekiel 18:4

Sin defiles and God’s grace is greater and yet, He will not apply His balm of healing unless the sinner turns back to Him, repents, and brings words of confession.

When God’s people were fallen away from Him in their sin, He beckoned them back to Himself.

“O Israel, return unto the LORD thy God; for thou hast fallen by thine iniquity. 2 Take with you words, and turn to the LORD: say unto him, Take away all iniquity, and receive us graciously: so will we render the calves of our lips.” Hosea 14:1-2

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To underscore the level of degradation, the disdain for the holiness of God, I reflect upon a recent upheaval. Recently a firestorm of controversy erupted when I posted on social media that one who is saved must stay saved. The eternal security/once saved always saved mob came out of the woodwork to defend the sham of a lie they hid behind. These were professing Christians fighting for their right to live in sin, to justify living any way they wish because after all, they’re saved by grace – “once saved always saved” or “eternally secure.” Little do they realize in their blindness that all who die in sin will be damned into hell irrevocably.

“Therefore, thou son of man, say unto the children of thy people, The righteousness of the righteous shall not deliver him in the day of his transgression: as for the wickedness of the wicked, he shall not fall thereby in the day that he turneth from his wickedness; neither shall the righteous be able to live for his righteousness in the day that he sinneth. 13 When I shall say to the righteous, that he shall surely live; if he trust to his own righteousness, and commit iniquity, all his righteousnesses shall not be remembered; but for his iniquity that he hath committed, he shall die for it.” Ezekiel 33:12-13

God’s grace gives no one a license to leave any sin unconfessed (Proverbs 28:13; 1 John 1:9). No, God’s grace is rather His divine power to overcome all sin through an obedient, crucified life (Romans 6:1-23; Titus 2:11-15, etc.). Those not saved from sin aren’t saved by true grace and if they were in the past, they are in desperate need of fresh repentance – before it’s too late. The LORD is “Holy, holy, holy” and anyone living in sin is going to suffer eternal death (Isaiah 6:3; Ezekiel 18:4; Romans 6:23; Revelation 4:8, etc.). All who die in sin will be shut out of the eternal kingdom of Christ.

“But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death. … And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.” Revelation 21:8, 27

“Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. 15 For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.” Revelation 22:14-15

God is holy and desires to sanctify and preserve His people blameless in spirit, soul, and body unto His blessed coming:

“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 1 Thessalonians 5:23

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