Are there Sins that will Damn the Soul?
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are THESE; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, Idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, Envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
If there were a list of deadly sins which are sure to damn your soul to eternal hell, would you want to know about that list?
Because of His abundant mercy, lists of specific sins that provoke the LORD to anger are listed in Holy Writ. This is in order to warn men and bless them to escape His sure judgment to come on those who walk in such rebellion.
Let’s observe a brief definition of the 17 manifestations of the sinful nature listed here in Galatians 5:19-21 – a much neglected text:
Adultery – looking on another to lust (in person or via technology); unlawful relations involving a married person. Adultery is defined in Scripture as any sex involving the heart and/or body that is outside of holy matrimony where God designed it to be enjoyed between one man and one woman (Matt. 5:28; Heb. 13:4).
Fornication – every and all forms of illicit sexual activity, whether in thought or deed. Any
sexual activity outside of holy matrimony.
Uncleanness – anything opposite of purity; all forms of sexual impurity.
Lasciviousness – licentiousness, lust, lewdness, unchastity. Anything promoting or inciting sexual lust; lack of restraint.
Idolatry – image worship. This includes anything other than the LORD upon which the affections are passionately set.
Witchcraft – sorcery. The practice of dealing with evil spirits, magical incantations, casting spells or charms by means of drugs or potions to inflict harm on another. Witchcraft includes the evil manipulation or control of others by any means.
Hatred – enmity, bitter dislike, malice, abhorrence; tendency to hold grudges against or be angry with another.
Variance – discord, dissentions, quarrelling, debating and disputes.
Emulations – striving to excel at the expense of another person; seeking to surpass or outdo another.
Wrath – rage; determined enduring anger; fierce indignation with turbulent passions.
Strife – disputations, strife about words, angry contentions; vindictive endeavor to repay another evil for evil.
Seditions – parties, factions; stirring up strife among people.
Heresies – the rejection of truth for fallacy; departure from divinely revealed truth.
Envyings – ill will toward another’s good will.
Murders – to kill or mar the happiness of another.
Drunkenness – intoxication from the overuse of alcohol.
Revellings – rioting; lascivious and boisterous feastings including obscene music and other sinful activities; carousing.
These are the exact soul-damning “works of the flesh” the apostle Paul speaks of in this same passage when he declares that “they that are Christ’s have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts.” (Gal. 5:19, 24)
Regretfully, in this hour of great apostasy, scarcely do we hear leaders tend to this divinely-inspired biblical doctrine. Why is this vital part of the Bible intentionally avoided by so many? Has your pastor taken you through these lists of defiling sins in Galatians 5 and Matthew 15? Why would any truth-seeking servant of Christ want to purposely evade such an important portion of Bible truth? Why would any true under-shepherd not want to prepare and warn those he speaks to concerning the judgment of the Almighty upon all who do not repent of sin?
As a result of such empty leadership, so many today who fully believe in their own minds that they are saved, will not be in Heaven (Matt. 7:21-23; 25:1-3; Lk. 6:46). They want to make up their own rules partly due to the epidemic of false leadership that refuses to acknowledge this text. Yet, it’s interesting because most men in leadership tend to the very verses following this Galatians 5 passage but refuse to delve into the divinely-inspired contents of verses 19-21 of Galatians 5. Most men will read or preach and acknowledge the nine dimensions of “the fruit of the Spirit” and yet refuse to deal honestly and openly with the LORD by tending equally to “the works of the flesh” in this same exact passage (Gal. 5:19-23). This is tragic and yet the LORD holds each of us personally responsible to know and obey the contents of His Word (Hos. 4:6; Jn. 5:39; 2 Tim. 2:15; Heb. 5:11-14; 1 Pet. 2:2).
If God’s very Word clearly tells us in this Galtians 5 Bible passage that any person who partakes of any one of these seventeen sins “SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God,” should we dare question it? Or, should we simply believe, embrace, and declare this Bible truth? It is moral cowardess to do anything but receive, believe, and resolutely communicate this truth – “Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears.” (2 Tim. 4:2-3)
It’s not fair that this generation be left without the plain truth of the holiness of the Almighty who they will soon stand before to be judged. Isn’t it only equitable that those who are at variance with the LORD and going to hell know so? Did He not give us the commission to warn them? (Ps. 9:17; Matt. 3:7-8; Acts 2:40; 2 Cor. 5:11)
Perhaps so many leaders limit themselves to the scant volume of verses they learned in their so-called higher learning institutions. Or, many don’t want to deal with this truth because it’s really not all about Christ but rather about growing their own name and church business. So, they deal with self-serving surface issues instead of man’s core dilemma for which Jesus came to die (solve) – sin.
There are many Calvinists today who will dare you to “come up with any sin that can undo the great salvation of God and tie this together with Christ’s perfect work of redemption on the cross.” This is misguided thinking at best. This reveals complete denial of biblical truth and intellectual dishonesty. Jesus’ sacrifice and redemptive work is a perfect work and yet the choice is left up to the individual to receive and abide in His salvation. Did we not just read in Galatians 5:19-21 of seventeen specific sins that defile and disqualify one from God’s kingdom?
Did Christ Teach that Sin Defiles and Disqualifies?
Jesus and His apostles told us that sin “defileth” men and even named those sins which defile out of His love for us – so we would specifically know what offends His holiness and reveals a backslidden heart (Matt. 15:19-20; Gal. 5:19-21). He has disclosed to us His holy will in intricate detail and we are therefore without excuse and will be without excuse on that Great and Terrible Day of Judgment that hastens toward us. Does sin separate us from the one, true holy God? (Isa. 59:2; Rom. 6:23; Acts 1:25; Gal. 5:17-19; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rev. 21:8, 27) If sin doesn’t separate men from God then why in the world did Jesus come and do all that He did? Did the LORD not tell His very own covenant people that their sins had separated them from Him? (Isa. 59:2) What has changed in that regard? Nothing! The wages of sin is still death and those who die in sin will spend eternity separated from He who is “Holy, holy, holy.” (Isa. 6:3; Rom. 6:23; Rev. 4:8; 21:8, 27) Did the unchanging God of perfection somehow lose His unchanging divine attribute of holiness at the moment He saved me? If not, why would I vainly believe that my sins cannot separate me from Him?
Are we so blinded and deluded that we vainly believe that there is some other way outside what He told us in His holy Word? The way of holiness is the only way (Heb. 12:14; 1 Pet. 1:15-16).
Let us never forget or lose track of the truth that “the LORD looketh on the heart.” (1 Sam. 16:7) The LORD taught that sin that defiles comes out of the heart of man. Of this truth Jesus said “Hear, and understand.”
“And he called the multitude, and said unto them, Hear, and understand…And Jesus said, Are ye also yet without understanding? Do not ye yet understand, that whatsoever entereth in at the mouth goeth into the belly, and is cast out into the draught? But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies: These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” Matthew 15:10, 16-20
Christ informs us here of seven specific sins that violate divine holiness. After listing them He says “These are the things which defile a man.” The word “defile” simply means to make unholy or unfit to be in God’s holy presence. Here in Matthew 15 Christ informs us all that the sins that might proceed from one’s life come forth “out of the heart” and “defile the man.” Jesus lists seven specific sins that He says “defile the man” or make him unholy in the eyes of the Almighty:
- “evil thoughts”
- “false witness”
Now if the very Son of God says these sins “defile the man,” do you honestly think a person manifesting these sins from a defiled heart is prepared to meet Him who is “Holy, holy, holy”? (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8) Anyone want to argue with the Alpha and Omega Himself? Of these sins the LORD says “These are the things which defile a man: but to eat with unwashen hands defileth not a man.” (Matt. 15:20) In rightly dividing the word of truth, we observe that some things defile and some don’t. We see here that there are things that do not defile a man, outward things like not washing the hands or other man made religious ordinances that do not pertain to godliness as the LORD defines it in His Word (Matt. 23). And yet, Jesus Christ here names seven sins that proceed from alienated hearts and defile men so that they cannot be in His presence or grace unless they return to Him in repentance (Heb. 4:14-16; 8:12; 1 Jn. 1:9).
“And the LORD said unto Moses, Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book.” Exodus 32:33
Below is an unfortunate quote from a modern ministry that has worldwide influence:
“When we do sin, God does not reject us or disown us. Our fellowship with Him may be broken, but our relationship is not; we are still members of His family if we have truly committed our lives to Christ.” (BGEA Salvation Q & A Index #9, Frequently Asked Questions, Internet)
Today it seems that the pulpits and “Christian” media venues are filled with those who psychoanalyze, water-down, and psychologize everything while avoiding Bible words and themes like identifying and calling sin – sin, the necessity of personal holiness, eternal judgment, and being ready for the soon return of Jesus. When one is in the ministry to please himself instead of Jesus, he will pick and choose those things he wishes to reveal to people in light of how it will affect or influence his audience, instead of pleasing God by declaring His full-counsel.
The hireling wolf makes himself known by his refusal to lead by openly acknowledging and declaring the full-counsel of the LORD (2 Tim. 3:10, 13). Such a person is a deceiver who intentionally dodges doctrines and passages that have a negative nature to the one who is living in darkness (Jn. 3:19-21). The deceiver identifies himself by not uncovering the sins of God’s people (Lam. 2:14). Full-counsel Gospel truth (includes enduring to the end to be saved – Matt. 10:22; 1 Cor. 15:2) will not help self-serving leaders win friends and influence people to their own selfish purposes. By withholding they lead people away from Christ (Hos. 4:6; Matt. 22:29). It certainly will not draw the masses of self-serving counterfeits and fill their houses of entertainment. Have you seen this pattern and tendency among those in leadership in the church world in this late hour?
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False prophets, whom Christ warned us to avoid, will not preach on sin, righteousness, and judgment (Jn. 16:7-8; Acts 24:25). We must beware of the numerous warnings in Scripture of false prophets among us (Matt. 24:4-5, 11, 24; 1 Tim. 4:1-6; 2 Tim. 3:1-7, 13; 2 Pet. 2-3; Jude 1). Can we not also acknowledge and agree that each individual believer is entirely personally responsible to the LORD to acknowledge and obey the divine fullness of His Counsel given us in His Word? He gave to His Church His written Word that we might always know when and if we are not aligned with His truth and be fully pleasing to Him (Jn. 20:31; 1 Cor. 10:11). This passage in Galatians 5 that we are examining in this chapter which details what fruit pleases and displeases Him, is certainly one of those definitive and important truth texts He gave to His people (Gal. 5:19-23). The “works of the flesh” are spelled out so that those who are doing these things can definitively understand that they are not pleasing the LORD and in danger of hellfire.
When is the last time your pastor taught through Galatians 5:19-24?
Why did the Almighty choose to specifically list out these seventeen sins (violations of His holiness)? Was He merely filling space? What was His purpose? Is it because He is out to get us? Or, is it rather that He is holy and He so loves us? It is clear that the LORD wanted His children to know when they were not aligned with Him. Perhaps He desires us to be so close to Him that if our hearts drift, we can know it by seeing ourselves in these sins of the flesh and repent and return to Him.
Beloved, lest anyone think that this needy person possesses an undue view of himself, please know that this writer is a mere man who like Elijah and Paul is a man “subject to like passions” and fully and personally understands the gravitational pull of evil (Rom. 6-7; James 5:17). Temptation to sin is a daily reality (Gal. 5:16-17). That we all sin is no mystery, but to deny truth and make up our own doctrines and false god to justify our sins, is treason! The LORD is calling us to be honest-hearted disciples who love Him supremely – more than ourselves and sin!
Should we consider the Almighty harsh for giving us these lists of sins that violate Him? Or, do we consider Him to be as He told us He is – holy? Did He not give us ample fair warning that all sin will be judged, either by repentance now or when it is too late – when one stands before His holy throne in trembling ruins?
“For what the law could not do, in that it was weak through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: That the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” Romans 8:3-4
Jesus came, not to grant free license to sin, but to the contrary, to forever judge sin in the flesh, by the sacrifice of His own body and to grant the blessed power to live in the Spirit and not live in sin. Because Jesus forever judged sin in the flesh by His perfect sacrifice, He defeated any and all notions and excuses for sin. There will be no defense when we stand before Him naked on Judgment Day. Why then would any person claiming to know Christ teach anything which justifies the sins that violate His holiness?
What does the Holy Spirit promise will happen to any person who has the fruit of any of these “works of the flesh” manifesting in his life?
“…of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things SHALL NOT inherit the kingdom of God.” Galatians 5:19-21
If committed without repentance, any one of these sins listed in Galatians 5 will damn the soul – or there would be no reason for the divinely-inspired transmission of this text. The seventeen sins listed in this Bible passage reveal that the LORD is holy and is warning us of exactly what offends Him. The fact of the existence of this important passage reveals that God loves His people. Anyone committing these sins can plainly know he is out of a pleasing relationship with Jesus and choose to repent and turn back to the LORD. When the heart is in true fellowship with Christ, “the fruit of the Spirit” will be produced as listed in Galatians 5:22-23.
Like Esau, Judas, and many others throughout history, sin can and will harden the heart and if not repented of, will result in unalterable apostasy (Heb. 3:12-15; 6:4-6; 12:14-15).
It is the dishonest heart that can look dead at a Holy Spirit-inspired Scripture and “diminish ought” from it (Deut. 4:2). How prideful we are! How arrogant! What audacity! Taking away from God’s Word brings a curse (Prov. 30:5-6; Rev. 22:18-19).
“Now therefore hearken, O Israel, unto the statutes and unto the judgments, which I teach you, for to do them, that ye may live, and go in and possess the land which the LORD God of your fathers giveth you. Ye shall not add unto the word which I command you, neither shall ye diminish ought from it, that ye may keep the commandments of the LORD your God which I command you. Your eyes have seen what (judgment) the LORD did because of Baalpeor: for all the men that followed Baalpeor, the LORD thy God hath destroyed them from among you. But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day. Behold, I have taught you statutes and judgments (gave you my written Word), even as the LORD my God commanded me, that ye should do so in the land whither ye go to possess it. Keep therefore and do them (the words of God)…” Deuteronomy 4:1-6
Here God’s covenant people are specifically reminded by the LORD of His “fierce anger” when Israel sinned against Him “because of Baalpeor.” See Numbers 25. Remember how 24,000 Israelites were killed for idolatry, spiritual adultery and fornication? (Num. 25) Here in Deuteronomy God’s covenant people are reminded of the holy wrath of the God who saved them and are exhorted to take heed and not “diminish ought” from His Word by distorting His clear truth and making up false doctrines to justify living in sin. The Almighty is unchanging and will judge His own people for their sins if they choose not to repent and return to Him fully (Ezek. 18:30; 33:12-13; 1 Pet. 4:17-18; Rev. 3:19).
In verse 4 here of Deuteronomy chapter 4 we are reminded of the glorious promise of the keeping grace and power of our great God who preserves His own who remain in fellowship with Him – “But ye that did cleave unto the LORD your God are alive every one of you this day.”
Saints, do we believe the Word of God? If so, we are obligated by a holy conviction to embrace all of it because “ALL scripture is given by inspiration of God.” (2 Tim. 3:16)
There are those who would pose the question: “At what point does the LORD cut a person off?” It is wise to allow Him to answer this question for Himself by observing what He told us in His Word. All human reasoning should be crucified and the Word of God honored as full and final authority concerning this matter. “Let God be true and every man a liar.” (Rom. 3:4)
Remember that divine truth is never based upon what a sinful man or men wish it to be. Instead, divine truth is immutable, unchanging, binding, and before determined by the Judge of all.
God has magnified His Word above even His very name! Those who truly serve Him in truth, magnify His Words and not those of mere men or contrary doctrines. The mark of a true disciple will be that he searches out and magnifies God’s written Word above all else and allows it to supersede the voice, notion or teachings of all that does not align (Ps. 138:2; Jn. 5:39; 8:47; Acts 17:11).
The Bible clearly tells us that if one is not in the state of holiness through intimate relationship with Christ (abiding), that person simply will not go to God’s holy Heaven when he leaves the earth, whether that be in the catching away or upon death.
A valid question that the Scripture answers is asked by many and here it is: Are there certain sins which disqualify a person from Heaven? If so, which ones? And says who?
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? BE NOT DECEIVED: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind (homosexuals), Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Did you see the 10 sins listed here which will exclude any person living in them from “inherit(ing) the kingdom of God”?
According to 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, here are those that the eternal Judge and LORD says will not “inherit the kingdom of God”:
• “Abusers of themselves with mankind” (homosexuals)
Overcoming these sins cannot be internally accomplished by self effort and soul power.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh.” Galatians 5:16
Again, the question: Do certain sins (sins unto death – Rom. 6:16; 1 Jn. 5:16) disqualify a person who was once in grace, from Heaven/eternal life, if he doesn’t repent?
“But the fearful (spiritual cowards, men pleasers), 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.” Revelation 21:8
Here is another list of those the LORD tells us “shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone”:
• “Fearful” (spiritual cowards, men pleasers)
• “All liars”
Revelation 21:8 lists 8 soul-damning sins. These divinely inspired laborious lists beg the following question: Why does God take so much time and effort to give a detailed list of these sins to His very own people if in fact it only took to “believe” and be saved at one moment in one’s life and he was eternally secure regardless of what he did after that one magic moment of faith?
“But Christ as a son over his own house; whose house we are, IF WE HOLD FAST THE CONFIDENCE and the rejoicing of the hope FIRM UNTO THE END.” Hebrews 3:6
There are 5 sins that kept Israel (God’s covenant people) out of their promise land of blessings and will keep us out if we choose to live separated from the presence of God in sin.
“But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. Moreover, brethren, I would not that ye should be ignorant, how that all our fathers were under the cloud, and all passed through the sea; And were all baptized unto Moses in the cloud and in the sea; (represents salvation) And did all eat the same spiritual meat; And did all drink the same spiritual drink: for they drank of that spiritual Rock that followed them: and that Rock was Christ. But with many of them God was not well pleased: for they were overthrown in the wilderness. Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted. Neither be ye idolaters, as were some of them; as it is written, The people sat down to eat and drink, and rose up to play. Neither let us commit fornication, as some of them committed, and fell in one day three and twenty thousand. Neither let us tempt Christ, as some of them also tempted, and were destroyed of serpents. Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer. Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come. Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.” 1 Corinthians 9:27; 10:1-12
Here are the 5 sins that kept God’s people out of His blessings:
• “Tempting Christ”
For the sake of remembrance, let us use the acronym L.I.F.T.M. here. Each letter corresponds to 1 of these 5 deadly sins which disqualify the people of the LORD from entering into His resting place – ultimately Heaven.
We all need to L.I.F.T.M. up (these sins) to the LORD in repentance and for His perfect forgiveness and cleansing. God the Holy Spirit warns us here through Paul’s pen, that Israel and these sins are “examples.” (1 Cor. 10:6, 11) to all New Testament believers. The clear message here is that God is a holy Judge and destroys those of his who depart from His presence and go back into sinfulness (transgressors – Ps. 68:21; 73:28; 125:5, etc.). If not ridded out of our lives, any one of these 5 sins WILL keep us out of our promised land. God is holy.
This simple acronym should help us to remember these sins and remain separate from these things which displease our Savior. May He bless and quicken our hearts today to cry out to Him to increase as we decrease and to grant us “the spirit of holiness.” (Rom. 1:4)
“For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace.” Romans 8:5-6
Just after he detailed the 17 works of the flesh, the Holy Spirit gives us the 9 dimensions of the evidence of the LORD’s workings in that person who is truly abiding in Him.
“But the fruit (evidence) of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.” Galatians 5:22-23
Based on whom a person is serving, the fruit or evidence of that entity will be manifested in his life. Consider the following words from Romans 8:
“Therefore, brethren, we are debtors, not to the flesh, to live after the flesh. For if ye live after the flesh, ye shall die: but if ye through the Spirit do mortify the deeds of the body, ye shall live. For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, they are the sons of God.” Romans 8:12-14
Can you identify the divine promise in the following verse of Scripture?
“Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you? 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 following is a divine command:
“Keep thyself pure.” 1 Timothy 5:22
L.I.F.T.M. up to Christ the Redeemer and Forgiver of the sins of His people upon repentance.
When we see sinful manifestations of the fallen nature in our lives, we should recognize that this reveals that our hearts are not right with God. This is a blessing to us from our LORD in that He gave us exact knowledge of what He considers to be sin, so that we never need to wonder, but can always have a measurement of where we are in Him.
“This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would. But if ye be led of the Spirit, ye are not under the law.” Galatians 5:16-18
More Sin Lists
“Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry: For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience: In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them. But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth. Lie not one to another, seeing that ye have put off the old man with his deeds;” Colossians 3:5-9
Here in Colossians 3, the Word informs us that there are 6 sins “For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience.”
• “Inordinate affection” (exceeding reasonable limits, excessive)
• “Evil concupiscence” (secret desire for that which is forbidden, i.e., fantasies, fantasizing of sinful activities)
“For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” Ephesians 5:5-6
Notice that after the Holy Spirit here lists 4 violations against the holiness of God (sins), He says: “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” (Eph. 5:6)
• “Unclean person”
• “Covetous man”
He tells us here that no person who is living outside of fellowship with the LORD and therefore committing these sins, “hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God” and to “Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things (these sins named) cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience.” (Eph. 5:5-6)
He is here telling believers to never be deceived into thinking that any person practicing these sins has an inheritance in the eternal kingdom of God. Saint of the LORD, here in this passage, the Holy Spirit instructs us to never allow any leader to seduce our hearts and convince our minds that sin doesn’t endanger the eternal soul.
“Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.” 1 Peter 2:11
Living in temporal sin endangers the eternal soul.
Here are 7 the deadly sins of Proverbs 6:
“These six things doth the LORD hate: yea, seven are an abomination unto him: A proud look, a lying tongue, and hands that shed innocent blood, An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, feet that be swift in running to mischief, A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.” Proverbs 6:16-19
• “A proud look”
• “A lying tongue”
• “Hands that shed innocent blood”
• “An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations”
• “Feet that be swift in running to mischief”
• “A false witness that speaketh lies”
• “He that soweth discord among brethren”
“Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.” 2 Corinthians 7:1
“Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, every one according to his ways, saith the Lord GOD. Repent, and turn yourselves from all your transgressions; so iniquity shall not be your ruin. Cast away from you all your transgressions, whereby ye have transgressed; and make you a new heart and a new spirit: for why will ye die, O house of Israel? For I have no pleasure in the death of him that dieth, saith the Lord GOD: wherefore turn yourselves, and live ye.” Ezekiel 18:30-32
“That which is altogether just shalt thou follow, that thou mayest live, and inherit the land which the LORD thy God giveth thee.” Deuteronomy 16:20
The LORD told us that there would be those who professed to know Him and yet by their works they deny Him. These “works of the flesh” which we have studied here are not according to Christ. They are not the character of Jesus and reveal a life that is not conformed to His holy image (Rom. 8:29). These characteristics should never be manifesting in the life of the disciple of Jesus.
“They profess that they know God; but in works they deny him, being abominable, and disobedient, and unto every good work reprobate.” Titus 1:16
The danger of losing out with God may at this time be a harsh reality to you. It is nonetheless biblically true. We must crucify emotions and live by divine truth; letting God be true and any other teaching or emotional feeling to be the liar (Rom. 3:3-4).
“Trust in the LORD with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.” Proverbs 3:5-6
The LORD told us to “watch and pray that ye enter not into temptation” and to “exhort one another daily, while it is called To day; lest any of you be hardened through the deceitfulness of sin.” (Matt. 26:41; Heb. 3:13) Also: “…But exhorting one another: and so much the more, as ye see the day approaching. For if we sin wilfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, But a certain fearful looking for of judgment and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries.” (Heb. 10:25-27)
Do we not rather desire to abide in the place of blessing with our LORD? Do we not long to experience His hand of blessing upon our lives as we live in harmony with Him?
“If they obey and serve him, they shall spend their days in prosperity, and their years in pleasures.” Job 36:11
“For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not.” Galatians 6:8-9
When and if we see any of these sins manifesting in our lives, we can be sure that there is the sin of unbelief, spiritual adultery, and idolatry causing a strained connection between ourselves and the LORD. Such a breach can be remedied by godly repentance which re-establishes the Lordship of Christ and a fresh drawing near to the Savior, releasing our whole lives to Him alone who is worthy.
“Peter saith unto him, Thou shalt never wash my feet. Jesus answered him, If I wash thee not, thou hast no part with me. Simon Peter saith unto him, Lord, not my feet only, but also my hands and my head. Jesus saith to him, He that is washed needeth not save to wash his feet, but is clean every whit: and ye are clean, but not all.” John 13:8-10
The LORD would have us to learn how to receive a fresh cleansing and start that we might serve Him with clear conscience. Contacting the blood of Christ makes such possible! “How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?” (Heb. 9:14) He desires to separate us from the stain of past sins that we might serve Him in the fullness of His love and Spirit. “Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before, I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” (Phil. 3:13-14) Note here that in order to be able to reach forward unto those divinely ordained things which lay before us and press toward the mark of knowing Christ more, we must first and foremost deliberately choose to forget those sins which He has forgiven upon our confession.
May our precious LORD help us to learn to be blessed with His holy grace in washings on an ongoing basis as we confess and forsake our sins and are cleansed afresh by His blood.
“That which we have seen and heard declare we unto you, that ye also may have fellowship with us: and truly our fellowship is with the Father, and with his Son Jesus Christ…But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous: And he is the propitiation for our sins: and not for ours only, but also for the sins of the whole world.” 1 John 1:3, 7-10; 2:2
The Place of Blessedness
Quoting David’s words in Psalm 32, the apostle Paul writes:
“Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works, Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered. Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.” Romans 4:6-8
The “blessed” place to be is where we have a real walk with God, one that is faith-filled, accountable, repentant, and obedient. As we do, we are in His holy light and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin!
PRAYER: O LORD Jesus, bless me to abide in Thee that I may live pleasing to You in all my ways and never walk after the deeds of the fleshly, sinful nature but bring forth fruit unto eternal life while eagerly looking for Your soon return. Give me “the spirit of holiness.” At this moment I commend my spirit into Your holy care. I lay my life in Your hands Jesus. I love You my LORD and Master. Holy Father, let Your grace flood my being and I will guard my heart against any seducing spirit, deceiver or false teaching that would seek to convince me that it is okay to live in sin or that someone living in sin is eternally secure. Thank You Father for bringing me to the blessed place where you do not impute iniquity to me but that all sins are confessed and relinquished. Amen.
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