Correction or Condemnation

Friday, July 21                   

Some people believe that a Christian can lose his salvation.  I don’t support that view, but there are a lot of Biblical passages that would seem to support it.  Without going into the pros and cons of that, one of the arguments for it is that a Christian could easily lapse into a laissez-faire  mode.  Once saved, one can do anything he pleases without dire consequences.  That’s partly true.  A laissez-faire attitude is possible, and happens more that one would like, but it does not determine any doctrinal position.  It’s “partly true” because there are serious consequences.  A holy God cannot ignore sin.  He will deal with it in a Christian’s life (maybe more quickly than with an unbeliever).  There is plenty of support for this in the Bible.  Hebrews 12 focuses on it.  Verse 1.  “Let us throw off every thing that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us.”  Verses 5-6.  “My son, do not make light of the Lord’s discipline, and do not lose heart when he rebukes you, because the Lord disciplines those he loves.”  Verse 10.  “Our fathers disciplined us for a little while as they thought best; but God disciplines us for our good.”  You will notice that God’s dealing with sin in the believer is to correct, not to condemn.  God has a very good reason for us to live godly lives.  All of this is really dealing with sanctification, God’s process of making us holy.  To reject this process has dire consequences.  He ends with this note in verse 29.  “For our God is a consuming fire.”   So despite God’s corrective provisions, a Christian still has the option of rejecting it.  That’s why the author of Hebrews constantly warns us to “take heed.”  Failing to heed the warning means dealing with a sovereign, omnipotent, and holy God.  No contest!

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