How Much Can a Christian Sin?

How Much Can a Christian Sin and still be saved?

A reader responded to a devotion about sexual sins saying, “God won't send you to hell for ignoring his commandments. If you accept him as your Lord and Savior, and confess your sins to him you're saved and you will go to heaven no matter how much you screw up.”

She’s right that no one goes to Hell for ignoring God’s commands.

They go to Hell for not loving Jesus.

A Christian is someone who loves Jesus.

Christians still sin, but they don’t ignore God’s commands because you can’t love Jesus and ignore His commands. It’s not possible (see verses below).

Jesus didn’t teach a permissive view of salvation. He said we must count the cost (Luke 14:25-34). We can’t earn salvation, but it always, always, always changes those who receive it. Genuine believers love Jesus and want to “live a life worthy” of Him (Ephesians 4:1).

How much can a genuine Christian sin? Only God knows the answer. But no one who loves Jesus wants to find out.
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These are good supplements to this devotion:
Grace Can't Be Earned
Are Christians Saints or Sinners?

Scriptures that refute the belief that you can love Jesus without obeying Him:

1 John 5:4: everyone born of God overcomes the world. And this is the victory that has overcome the world: our faith.

1 John 5:18: We know that anyone born of God does not keep on sinning; the One who was born of God protects him, and the evil one cannot touch him.

1 John 3:9: No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God's seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.

1 John 2:29: If you know that He is righteous, you also know that everyone who practices righteousness is born of Him.

1 John 3:6: No one who remains in Him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has seen Him or known Him.

John 14:23: Jesus replied, Anyone who loves me will obey my teaching. My Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them.

John 8:51: Truly, truly, I tell you, if anyone keeps My word, he will never see death.

John 14:15: If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 14:21: Whoever has My commandments and keeps them is the one who loves Me. The one who loves Me will be loved by My Father, and I will love him and reveal Myself to him.

John 14:24: Whoever does not love Me does not keep My words. The word that you hear is not My own, but it is from the Father who sent Me.

John 15:10: If you keep My commandments, you will remain in My love, just as I have kept My Father's commandments and remain in His love.

How Much Can a Christian Sin and still be saved?


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