Can Those Who Live in Sin Lose Their Salvation? My Confusion Is Released

Can those who live in sin gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven?

But over time I discovered that many brothers and sisters in the church pursued the worldly things, lusting after wealth and fleshly enjoyment, and that they did not read the Bible earnestly but only believed in the Lord for their own personal benefit. I really disliked them and disdained them. The pastor, however, taught the brothers and sisters that they could pray to the Lord for whatever they were doing, and he even encouraged them to pursue professional success and progress and be people who are educated and have successful careers. Seeing this, I thought: If we do not pray for our spiritual lives, but instead pray for our flesh, will we then become more and more greedy? The Lord required that we enter the narrow gate, but if we pursue worldly things, we are actually taking the wide road. Besides, the Lord Jesus said that if we love our children, parents, lands and houses more than Him, then we are unworthy of being His disciples. So why doesn’t the pastor lead the brothers and sisters to live out what the Lord asks of us? I felt the pastor’s teachings were against the Lord Jesus’ words and that they would lead us down the wrong path just like the blind led the blind into a pit in the Bible. I felt very sad about this, but I had no idea what to do to be in accordance with the Lord’s will. Later I asked the pastor: “If we all pursue worldly things, we will then become more and more greedy. Can we gain salvation by believing in the Lord this way?” The pastor said that the Lord Jesus had taken all our sins upon Himself, and that as long as we believed in the Lord’s redemption, we were saved. I said, “The Lord Jesus said: ‘And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting, and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come on you unawares’ (Luke 21:34). If we are completely free of sin by believing in the Lord Jesus’ name, then why did the Lord say these words to warn us? And why would we fall into darkness after committing sins?” But the pastor just told me perfunctorily that as long as we believed in the Lord’s name, then we would be saved. I was not satisfied with his answer and felt what he said conflicted with the Lord Jesus’ words and was definitely not in accord with the truth. So I silently prayed for this matter: “My Lord, I am earnestly begging You. I really want to gain the truth and have my confusion solved. Please help me find the truth.”

I understood the mystery of “salvation.”

One day, I asked Sister Jean, “The Bible says: ‘That if you shall confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus, and shall believe in your heart that God has raised Him from the dead, you shall be saved. For with the heart man believes to righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made to salvation’ (Romans 10:9–10). The pastor says that since we believe in the Lord and recognize His name, the Lord has forgiven our sins and we have been saved, and that when the Lord returns, we will be raptured into the kingdom of heaven. So why are we still bound by sin and living in darkness? Are those who live in sin really able to gain salvation and enter the kingdom of heaven?”

I found the way to cast off the bonds of sin.

Then I went on to ask, “The Lord Jesus only did the work of redemption, not the work of ridding us of our sins, so how can we escape sin?”

Welcoming the Lord’s return, I have attended the feast of the Lamb.

Later, the sister read me another passage of God’s words, “God created humanity and placed them upon earth, whom He has led to the present day. He then saved humanity and served as a sin offering for humanity. At the end He still must conquer humanity, save humanity entirely and restore them to their original likeness. This is the work that He has been engaged in from the beginning to the end — restoring man to his original image and to his original likeness. He will establish His kingdom and restore man’s original likeness, meaning that He will restore His authority upon earth and restore His authority among all creation. Man lost his God-fearing heart after being corrupted by Satan and lost the function that one of God’s creatures should have, becoming an enemy disobedient to God. Man lived under Satan’s domain and followed Satan’s orders; thus, God had no way to work among His creatures, and was all the more unable to win fear from His creatures. … If He does not save corrupt humanity, the meaning of His creation of man will come to nothing; He will have no more authority among man, and His kingdom will no longer be able to exist upon the earth. If He does not destroy those enemies who are disobedient to Him, He will be unable to obtain His complete glory, nor will He be able to establish His kingdom upon the earth. These are the symbols of the completion of His work and the symbols of the completion of His great accomplishment: to utterly destroy those among humanity who are disobedient to Him, and to bring those who have been made complete into rest.” From this passage I saw God’s determination as well as His plan to save mankind. It turned out that God aims to transform mankind that has been corrupted by Satan into a mankind that truly worships God — God not only was nailed to the cross as the sin offering for us, but He will also completely save us from the domain of Satan, free us from the bonds of sin and purify us, and in the end bring us into His kingdom. Having understood these truths, I felt very brightened in my heart and became more certain that these words are the utterances of God because only God Himself is able to reveal the mysteries of His work. I completely confirmed that Almighty God is the returned Lord Jesus and joyfully accepted God’s work of the last days.

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