How Much Sin Will God Forgive?

Written by John Benza

First of all, we all sin. Sin is very real in our lives. We do many things that aren’t pleasing to God.

Acknowledging that you sin is a huge step. A lot of people sin and don’t think there’s anything wrong with it while some people finally come to see how destructive sin can be. But God does not want us to live with guilt. He wants us to know and fully experience His forgiveness.

God does not simply overlook our sin and say, “You’re forgiven.” God sees our sin but is ready to forgive us because Jesus fully took OUR sin on himself and paid for our sin by his death on the cross. Our sin is serious and it cost Jesus incredible suffering. But from the moment we believe in Christ and make him a part of our lives, his forgiveness is ours. We can’t ever make up for our own sin or suffer enough for it—nor does God want us to. In the Bible, it says, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” (Romans 5:8)

But what happens when we struggle in an area and keep on sinning? Does God get so weary forgiving us that we, at some point, reach our limit?

Jesus was asked by the disciples how many times they needed to forgive someone. Jesus said, “I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven” (Matthew 18:22).

It’s unlikely that we all can keep track of whether we forgive a particular individual 490 times, so you see Jesus’ point. We always forgive, because God always forgives us. God does not have a limit. He died for every one of your sins—those you’ve committed and those you will commit—past, present, and future. You need to begin looking at your sin the way God looks at it. The Bible says, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.” (1John 1:9) “As far as the east is from the west, so far has He removed our transgressions from us.” (Psalm 103:12)

If you’ve asked God to forgive you and to come into your life—you are forgiven! Thank him for his forgiveness and begin to rejoice in your secure relationship with him. He is able to change areas of your life for the best. Remember, God is able to forgive all sin.

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897 Responses to “How Much Sin Will God Forgive?”

  • Tom Tom says:

    Tricia–
    It sounds like you need to take a few deep breaths and step back from everything for a moment. Obviously there are some significant things going on in your life right now, and you need a different perspective.

    May I ask you a few questions?
    1) Approximately how old are you? A teen? Young adult?
    2) Are you living with family–the family you say are Christians?
    3) Are you a regular attender at a church?
    4) How old were you when you say you “had the Holy Spirit”, and how did that come about?

    Looking forward to your response. In the meantime, find a quiet spot and read Psalm 23 slowly and reflectively to yourself. OK?

  • Tricia says:

    Hi. I had the holy spirit once when I was young but did not allow or know how to allow Him control over my life. I do not feel I have backslidden but feel I never went forward. I was messed up by satan I now realize. I am just wanting and needing Him in my life. Wrapped in Him. I was not praying or fasting and felt I was okay after receiving Him. I fell into anger and unforgiveness, demons attacked me I had a nervous breakdown. I am not in God’s will for my life and need to be. I was like a child left alone. I am sick and need help. I sometimes want to end my life but feel cut off from God. I am really scared. I don’t like this and that I did not know the holy ghost like I should have. I have tried several times to come back and have His spirit in me but it seemed the more I tried the worse I became. My mind and conscious is horrible. My family is saved and know and love Jesus. Why not me? I hate the life I now live. This is disastrous and I hurt and want things to end it is so bad. I had demons attack me..I feel lost and wish He would miraculously touch me and help me.

  • Luke says:

    Tom-

    Amen!!! I want to be baptized. There’s an excellent church near my house. I’m going this Sunday.

    Again, thank you very much for helping and praying for me!!

  • Tom Tom says:

    Luke–
    Praise the Lord for his mercy and grace! A relationship with Jesus changes just about everything!

    Now while the angels are still celebrating, let me offer a word more of encouragement and also warning:

    While Satan is almost infinitely more powerful then we are, the Holy Spirit is absolutely infinitely more powerful than Satan. Expect spiritual attacks. Expect, for a time, even more temptation to return to the lusts of the flesh. Expect that for the rest of your life you will be in a spiritual battle. But praise God, Jesus Christ has already won the final war with Satan and he is already a defeated enemy!

    I’m delighted to hear that you have a Christian counselor. I was greatly encouraged by godly men when I cam to know Jesus, and I still trust them to help keep me on the right path. But never forget–first and foremost God will protect you with his righteous right hand. He will never leave or forsake you. He never sleeps. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him and he will direct your path.”

    As you read the scriptures, claim those promises that God made to believers. As a Christian, you are an heir with Christ of everything he owns, and the Holy Spirit has sealed you for eternal life.

    “Father, as Luke prepares himself to follow the Lord Jesus and to live a life that you’ve longed for him to live entirely for your sake, we all pray for your never-ending love, strength, and encouragement to be poured into him. Teach him all your ways as you grow him in his new faith, and remind him when temptation strikes that through Jesus Christ, every temptation is as good as defeated. We thank you and praise you in Jesus’ name, amen.”

    Get in touch with your pastor as soon as possible to let him know that you’ve come to trust in Jesus, and that in obedience to the Lord, you desire to be baptized. Amen?

  • Luke says:

    Tom-

    Today, I put my life towards Jesus. I am starting my relationship with Him and I am going to put my all in and work hard and make a real relationship with God. I have spent a majority of the day talking to a Christian Counselor and reading the bible and praying and starting a true relationship with our Creator. I am moving away from that evil life and I am going to follow God’s commandments. I want to thank you for helping me today and for writing detailed messages. You have helped me very much and thank you for praying for me!

  • Tom Tom says:

    Luke—
    While “asking Jesus into your heart” is not biblical or necessary, the condition or POSITION of your heart TOWARDS Jesus is. On the day I was saved, I literally turned to God in my thoughts and said, “God, I don’t know if you even exist. But if you do, I want to have a relationship with you like these other people (in church). I want to know you.” God saw my heart that morning and saved me. Only 30 minutes later on the way home, someone cut me off in traffic and I swore at them. Instantly, it was as if someone slapped me on the cheek and said (in my mind) “You don’t do that anymore. It doesn’t please God.” Two days later he took my desire for porn from me. That same inner voice said, “Porn doesn’t bring glory to God.” It’s been one step at a time from there. As I respond to his leading, he rewards me by increasing my faith and my desire to follow him and know him more. That was 18 years ago. Have I made mistakes, fallen down and gotten dirty, said, done, and thought things I shouldn’t have? Absolutely! But Jesus already died for every one of those sins. When I mess us, I confess to him and ask him to make me stronger against those things in the future. The Holy Spirit does his part, and I try to do mine.

    So, what should one do to be saved? What does the Bible tell us? First, do you believe that Jesus is who he said he was—the Son of God—and do you believe he died for your sins and was raised from the dead? 1 Corinthians 15:1-4 explains that this is what is necessary to believe on Jesus. Second, are you ready to trust him going forward to direct your life? Jesus said, “If you love me, you will obey my commandments.” Now that doesn’t mean you have to quit sinning to be saved. If it did, no one would be saved. A new-born baby can walk, talk, or feed themselves. But the growing process begins. It means that as you trust in the Lord Jesus, your heart-felt desire is to please him and to follow him and to let him direct. After all, he died for your sins!

    Both believing and trusting in Jesus include a measure of faith. I certainly didn’t believe 100% of every detail of Jesus life and death and resurrection. But just as one has enough faith to drive at 55 MPH down a 2-lane road with only a yellow line between them and oncoming traffic, you must have enough faith to put your trust in Jesus. No one’s faith is ever 100%. But Jesus will begin to grow your faith as you respond to him, obey him, and allow the Holy Spirit to show you the way forward. Yes, Satan will put doubts in your mind. He did so with me for nearly a year. But as I grew day by day, read scripture, went to church and Bible study, I came to the point where my faith was at a point that I could simply tell Satan to get lost as far as trying to deceive me was concerned. Remember, in the Garden of Eden Satan tried to put doubts into Eve’s mind by saying, “Did God REALLY say you shouldn’t . . . . . .”

    The ball is in your court Luke. It’s time to man-up. What are you going to do with Jesus? I know there are many people on this blog right now who will be praying for you. I am!

  • Luke says:

    Tom-

    Also, where do I go from here? How do I truly ask Jesus to come into my heart? How do I truly become born again?

  • Luke says:

    Tom-

    One more thing, I wanted to add. Sometimes I become to proud. Again, I realize it’s wrong and I don’t want to be but it overcomes everything else. Also, how do I put the parachute on?

  • Luke says:

    Tom-

    First, thank you for the response. After reading what you posted, I agree with you 100%. I truly have not been a born again Christian. I really want to be born again but I’ve now realized that every time I pray that Jesus come into my heart and help me, part of my mind doesn’t believe that God is real. I REALLY want to believe in God but then every time I pray there is this little part of my mind that always thinks that and I try to push it off and move on but it’s always there. Do you think this is the reason why I’m truly not born again? What can I do to overcome that thought? I don’t want to have that thought, but it’s there and I don’t know how to get rid of it.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Luke–
    Based solely on what you’ve written and what John teaches in 1 John, I would have would have to conclude that you are not born again spiritually.

    You say that on more than one occasion you “brought Jesus into (your) heart,” or that you “asked Jesus to come into (your) heart again.” Following that, you tried as hard as you could to stop your sinful activity but have been unable to do so.

    Salvation, forgiveness of sin, and having the Holy Spirit indwell you have nothing to do with “asking Jesus into your heart.” You will find that nowhere in scripture. Jesus is not a magic talisman we use to overcome our sinful activity. He is God in human form who died a horrendous death to pay for our sins. His burial and resurrection were proof of who he is and that his payment for sins has been accepted by God. This is awesome! Jesus is awesome! Jesus is worthy of worship and respect. He is not a genie in a bottle.

    As to what John said, here are a few quotes:
    –1 John 1:6-7 “If we say that we have fellowship with Him and yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth; but if we walk in the Light as He Himself is in the Light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus His Son cleanses us from all sin.”
    –2:3-6 “By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, “I have come to know Him,” and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected. By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked.”
    –2:15-17 “Do not love the world nor the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh and the lust of the eyes and the boastful pride of life, is not from the Father, but is from the world. The world is passing away, and also its lusts; but the one who does the will of God lives forever.”
    –3:3-10 “And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure. Everyone who practices sin also practices lawlessness; and sin is lawlessness. You know that He appeared in order to take away sins; and in Him there is no sin. No one who abides in Him sins(habitually); no one who sins (habitually) has seen Him or knows Him. Little children, make sure no one deceives you; the one who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous; the one who practices sin is of the devil; for the devil has sinned from the beginning. The Son of God appeared for this purpose, to destroy the works of the devil. No one who is born of God practices sin, because His seed abides in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.”

    Luke, I believe up until now whatever belief you have about Jesus is like believing that a parachute will save you if jump from an airplane at 5,000 feet, but when the time comes to jump, you leave the parachute behind. To be saved, one must believe on the Lord Jesus Christ in such a way that you are also placing all your faith and trust in him to save you. In other words, you actually put the parachute on.

    Your posts suggest you really haven’t trusted in Christ as savior. You really haven’t meant business with him, and therefore do not have the power of the Holy Spirit living within you to battle Satan’s temptations. Further evidence of this is in 1 Corinthians 10:13, “No temptation has overtaken you but such as is common to man; and God is faithful, who will not allow you to be tempted beyond what you are able, but with the temptation will provide the way of escape also, so that you will be able to endure it.” Yes, there is some responsibility on your part. 2 Timothy 2:22 says, “Now flee from youthful lusts and pursue righteousness, faith, love and peace, with those who call on the Lord from a pure heart.” You are commanded to flee from temptations, but it is the Holy Spirit points out when you are being tempted and gives you the ability to escape. Without him you are no match for Satan’s temptations.

    I speak from experience. Before I was saved I enjoyed my pornographic magazines and acted out on that lust. But the instant I was born again spiritually, I recognized those magazines as repulsive to God and dishonoring to him, and I threw them out once and for all.

    So Luke, I think it comes down to whom do you love more? Yourself or Jesus Christ? If it’s Jesus, obey his commandments. Go to him in true confession, and let him know you’re ready to do business by putting all your best efforts behind you and following him from now on. Give yourself completely to him. Be born again by his Spirit. 2 Corinthians 5:16-17 says, “Therefore from now on we recognize no one according to the flesh; even though we have known Christ according to the flesh, yet now we know Him in this way no longer. Therefore if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.”

    Then get into the scriptures daily. Find and memorize scriptures having to do with lust. Make sure you’re in a solid, Bible-believing, Bible-teaching church.
    Rest in the love of Christ.

  • flower says:

    Luke.. Rooting in church would be the best and be active there too. Try to do as much you can from the advice I gave you. I will pray for you now. Dear God I am coming to you in behalf of Luke. I am praying that you will touch him and set him free. Fill him with Holy Spirit give him wisdom what to do. I comand the spirit of masturbation, impurity and homosexuality to go away from him in Jesus name. Bless him and protect him. Give him your desires and empower him to fight a good fight against flesh, demons and this world. Amen.

  • Luke says:

    Flower-

    Thank you very much for the information. I have never been baptized. I wanted to a year or two ago but it never panned out. I don’t have anyone who can pray for me about this that I know personally. I’ve kept this all a secret. I have friends who are Christian and non-Christian but I have never told them anything. I’ve kept this a secret for a long time from family and friends and it would devastate my family if they found out so I plan on keeping it just to myself. I’ve tried many other things. I’ve called the 700 Club prayer hotline and a lady was really nice and tried to help me and prayed for me and I felt empowered by God but temptation struck me a few days later.

  • flower says:

    Luke…Its is written that if we confess our sins he is faithfull and just and forgive us our sins. All those sins you did and confessed as a sins ARE FORGIVEN. Its devil giving you bad feeling that all sins you did are not forgiven. Believe Gods word not devil. If you think it would be hard to go to pastor then it is good to have some christian friend from church to pray and fast with you. You can be accountable to him.Were you baptize in water? Were you baptize in the Holy Spirit? It will give you more strenght and determination and fire to live for Jesus. You have authorithy over demons. Use it. With boldness sent the demon of masturbation, homosexuality, impurity away in Jesus name. You are not alone. Many has problem with it too. I had too but I sent the demon away and it worked. I also image Jesus looking at me with love and if temptation will come and cant do it. I image the Lord next to me so I will not sin again him.

  • Luke says:

    Flower-

    I’ve been going to church more frequently but going up to a pastor would be hard. My family doesn’t know anything about this and I don’t want to tip them off by just leaving to go to church on a weekday. I know this demon has a strong power in my life. I have blocked the porn but I also masturbate to pictures of just guys faces and that’s hard to get away from. Ive tried thinking of Jesus every time before I start doing that stuff and sometimes it works and I don’t do it but most of the time, the temptation is very strong and I can’t stop myself. Will God forgive me? What else can I do?

  • flower says:

    Luke…Are you going to some church? It would be good if the pastor or some leader pray over you. They need to tied and send the demon of masturbation away. I am not telling that you are possesed but that demon has this area of your life. You need to lock all porn on computer and pray and fast for it too. If temptation will come try to think about Jesus and how it will hurt him and how you will later regret it. God bless you and with him you can do it!

  • Luke says:

    For my whole life I have lived in a evangelical Christian family. I had very loving parents, a wonderful sister, excellent grandparents. I had everything. I somewhat knew God however I never really grew close to Him. Then in seventh grade I started watching porn. At first I watched straight porn but then I got into homosexual porn. I’ve been living pretty much a gay lifestyle since then. Ive never come out. I’ve never actually done anything with a guy but I have masturbated to gay porn a lot. I knew it was a sin however I just continued doing it. Then in the beginning of my senior year of high school I read the book of Revelation. It opened my eyes to the power of God and I then really wanted to become closer to God and build a relationship with Jesus. So I tried to change. I asked for forgiveness brought Jesus into my heart I did all of that and I tried to change but I just couldn’t. I would get into a daily routine of going through the normal day and then at night masturbating to gay porn and then asking for forgiveness. I have done this practically every single day for the past nine months. I knew it was wrong yet I continue to do it and I knew the consequences of what would happen if I continue to do it. However this past August I tried to change. I asked Jesus to come into my heart again I went through the same process and I made it for about a few days without doing anything but then temptation came back into me and I watch gay porn and masturbated again. Then for the next few weeks I went to the same process that I did for the previous nine months of going to the normal day then masturbating to gay porn and then asking for forgiveness. Then this past Sunday I really tried to end this evil. I truly tried to end it but I only made it a couple days without watching gay porn and masturbating. Now I’m at this point where I don’t know what to do. Has God given up on me? What can I do to truly stop this? Do you think God is close to giving up on me?

  • Cindy says:

    I feel like I should apologize about the way I handled communication with some people here involved in this thread recently. It’s already confusing to know we have a world full of people who interpret some Scriptures differently but when it gets the better of my attitude i wind up wishing I’d just not said anything. So to all who may have been offended by me, I’m sorry. ?

  • Tom Tom says:

    Greg–
    Few people who consider their own long list of disobedience and sin against God can truly fathom the depths of God’s mercy and grace. In God’s eyes, lust and unrighteous anger are as bad as adultery and murder. The repeat offender is no more in a sin condition than the person who occasionally lies. “For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” (Romans 3:23). Thank God that he has forgiven all sins because of what Jesus Christ did to pay for them; he shed his innocent blood on the cross. Now we are only separated from God in our unbelief.

    I can’t say why God has spared your son from certain legal penalties. He knows every detail about your son. But God sends the rain upon the just and the unjust, and he has his reasons for everything he does. Those reasons are always perfect and above reproach. I’d like to hope that since your son seems to believe in God enough to reach out to him when he’s in trouble, that one day he will realize that he needs to turn to Jesus Christ in faith to save him from God’s eternal and final judgment. Ultimately, that is God’s desire, for he doesn’t want anyone to perish. (2 Peter 3:9).

    While your hurt must be deep and devastating, trust in the Lord to do what he knows is right for your son. Thank God for his grace to your son. Pray for the Holy Spirit to break through your son’s stoney heart. Like all of us, your son desperately needs Jesus Christ.

  • Greg Bradley says:

    I’m sorry i don’t get it. My stepson has been in prison three times and facing 100 years for multipy auto thief with a ten page rap sheet, 25 years long. I feel he uses God over and over askingg him to get him out of trouble and preventing sentencing for his deeds. How long and how much will God allow

  • Catherine says:

    Thank you so much Jamie. I really appreciate your response. In my heart I want to do the right thing. That’s exactly how I feel. Like there is a battle going on inside me. And the moments when I give in, afterwards I feel terrible. I will definitely reach out to a mentor. Thank you so much for your prayer, and advice.

  • Cindy says:

    Jack, yes. Confess it and receive forgiveness. The Lord judges our hearts so keep striving to be an overcomer. Stay in the Word also it will help you tremendously. Blessings

  • Cindy says:

    Cheryl. I do not agree with quite everything that you say. I have no interest in debating this with you because it is obvious we will go nowhere. It insults me for someone to use my use of words to fire at me. I believe what I believe and you do the same. Understand? I hope so.

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Jack, because Jesus is the infinite God, His death was of unlimited value to cover all sin. In math we know that infinity divided by any number is still infinity. That means that even if you were to divide God’s grace by the number of people who have ever lived, or by the number of sins committed by all the people who have ever lived, there would be an infinite amount of grace to cover every one of those sins. I know I can’t full understand that truth, but the Bible promises that it is true. John wrote, “My dear children, I am writing this to you so that you will not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate who pleads our case before the Father. He is Jesus Christ, the one who is truly righteous. He himself is the sacrifice that atones for our sins—and not only our sins but the sins of all the world.” (1John 2:1-2) As John wrote, we don’t want to sin, but Jesus grace deals effectively when we do sin.

    Not only that, but He also leads us so that we don’t fall for temptation in the future. As I wrote to Catherine, when we walk with the Holy Spirit He leads us away from gratifying the cravings of our sinful nature. So He keeps us from saying really bad things when we follow His leading. That is Good News, don’t you think?

  • Jack cline says:

    So even if you say something really bad

  • Jamie Jamie says:

    Hi Catherine, it sounds like you are in a very difficult situation. Struggling financially can be a huge weight on life, especially when you have a child to care for. Having a relationship with Jesus is a great help in situations like that because He will show us the best way to deal with the situation. That doesn’t mean that He takes away our problems, but He does help us navigate through those situations so we make choices that reflect His character rather than our own sinful nature. Jesus said, “Here on earth you will have many trials and sorrows. But take heart, because I have overcome the world.” (John 16:33) Just as Jesus was able to live on Earth without sin, He leads us to live that same way.

    Unfortunately, we don’t always follow His leading, and instead we make choices that are sinful. In Galatians, Paul wrote that there is a battle going on within every follower of Jesus between the Holy Spirit and our sinful nature, “The sinful nature wants to do evil, which is just the opposite of what the Spirit wants. And the Spirit gives us desires that are the opposite of what the sinful nature desires. These two forces are constantly fighting each other, so you are not free to carry out your good intentions.” (Galatians 5:17) I know I experience that battle all the time. The solution to overcoming that battle is given in the verse just previous, “But I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature.” (Galatians 5:16) Because Jesus has overcome the world, when we follow His leading through the Holy Spirit, He will guide us to do those things that He did, rather than the things that our sinful nature wants to do.

    So the answer to your question is, Yes, the Lord will help you: Jesus’ death has paid the penalty for your sin, and His resurrection means that He is alive and leading you to have victory over your sinful nature. He will lead you to confess and repent of your sin. He will show you how to respond to those against whom you have sinned. He will lead you on how best to care for your son without having to sin. He doesn’t promise that it will be an easy road, but He does promise that He will be with you and will lead you into the way that is the best.

    Let me pray for you: Lord Jesus, that You for the indescribable gift of salvation. Your great sacrifice has implications that we could never fully comprehend, and yet we know that You are our only hope. Thank You for rescuing us from our sin and leading us to live a life that brings honour to You, our Lord and Saviour. I pray for Catherine and ask that You would show her the way that You want her to go and give her the strength to be obedient to You no matter how hard it may seem. I pray that You would provide for her needs and give her wisdom to be an effective steward of the resources You have given her. Give her peace in knowing You and confidence the eternal destiny to which You have called her. I ask this in Your powerful name, Amen.

    Catherine, I know that sometimes talking in a public forum like this can be a little daunting. If you would like to talk to a mentor in a private email conversation just go to http://powertochange.com/discover/talk-to-a-mentor/ and fill out the Mentor Request Form there. There is no cost and you will find the mentors there kind and caring, with a passion to help you hear from God.

  • Cheryl says:

    Cindy did you re- read the verse you quoted in Timothy?
    Did you get what I said when you re-read it? Very important for where you are coming from.

  • Cheryl says:

    Tom I have never taken Gods grace for granite nor have used it for a license to sin nor does Joseph prince or any of his “so called followers” you have never even listened to a single one of his messages and do not know what you are talking about when you make judgements on some one or something you have not even listened to. I feel sorry for you that you have missed grace and you mingle it with law. You and God are responsible for your continual salvation but as for me God alone deserves the praise and glory. You set out with God being responsible but now you are the one keeping yourself right with God. Good luck with that! and I trust God to deal with you or I in any error of truth. Best to you friend praying tonight that God reveals to you that which you are blind to.

  • Cindy says:

    I’m just glad someone here understands where I’m coming from even if it’s only part of what I was trying to convey. The Bible warns us of false teachers and I can name many more than just Joseph Prince. This is why it is important for us all to study. Those whom Joseph Prince and others have fooled just as satan fooled Eve are teaching the false doctrine they learned from them.

    Jesus said if you love me you will obey me. Doesn’t mean we are sinless it means we take our sin very seriously and we take measures to remove it from our lives.

    Cheryl I’m not offended by what you said. I don’t feel I’m in error but I know that I can be and I know that you can be. It is very important that people read the Bible for themselves. And it is important that we work hard to trust AND obey. That much I do know.

  • Tom Tom says:

    Actually, Cheryl, I stand in unmeasured awe of God’s incomparable grace; but I do not take it for granted as a license to sin as so many false teachers and their millions of followers do. It is definitely only by God’s grace that anyone is saved. But to think one’s responsibility to live a holy life stops at that point cheapens grace to the extreme.

    My instruction on the teachings of grace and the saved person’s resulting responsibilities comes first from scripture, and then from the teachings of great men of the word like Spurgeon, Tozer, Murray, Campbell, Torrey, Ironside, McGhee, and more recently, men such as Jeremiah, Rogers, Swindoll, Pentecost, and Wiersbe. Today’s Word of Faith and name-it-and-claim-it folk are precisely those Jesus, Paul, and Peter warned us about. It is they who are in no small way leading people into falsehoods that will result in the apostasy the church will face. Oh, how I pray that those teachers and all of their followers will confess before Almighty God and pray for the Holy Spirit’s removal of the veil which blinds them to God’s truths in his Holy Word.

  • Cheryl says:

    Gods judgement has been satisfied at the cross Tom and Joseph prince doesn’t claim to be a profit. I suppose one day you may feel like the older brother of the prodical son who realizes that all that he did was to earn his fathers love when he had it already and whatever he did should have come out of a heart that already knew this not one that was trying to earn it.
    I also find it strange that you are so angry and against grace actually more against it than Phillip Keon’s comments about God. Gee I wonder who hates the message of grace. You kick against the goads!

  • Tom Tom says:

    Joseph Prince? That explains a lot. Try Googling “Joseph Prince, False Pr0phet”. Among other heresies he teaches:
    –Nothing but blessings for the believer
    –No longer a need to be concerned about God’s Judgment
    –Repentance and confession of sin is never necessary
    –Wealth is for all Christians
    –God is continually restoring “New Truths” to the church—-New Revelations
    –Prince’s personal revelation from God is: “More grace; less judgment”
    –Prince believes that God will not judge America because of the cross
    –The Moral law has no bearing on Christians today; it was abolished with
    the Ceremonial law
    –Repentance means “Only to turn around”

    These things sound precisely like the type of apostasy that Cindy is referring to. If you take away any of God’s judgment of sin, you take away God’s justice.

  • Cheryl says:

    Catherine, I’m so sorry you feel confuse now but gee whiz I can certainly see why! Cindy is telling you can be forever lost and quoting scripture out of context. (Sorry Cindy I’m not trying to be mean but it’s true)
    Tom is telling you you should be thrilled and giving you partially good news but then according to Tom the bad news is if there’s sin in your life then you no longer have fellowship with God!
    The truth of the matter is God is for you if you have put your trust in His sons sacrifice you may feel like this is not a perfect trusts but that’s ok. He realizes your sin has to do with not trusting Him for all things, heck your not even sure of your salvation so how can you even trust Him to provide for your daily needs.
    I can not address all the issues that have been brought up on this blog but I would highly encourage you to look into josephprince. org there you will find the truth of Gods word and an assurance of His love and provisions for every area of your life.
    Praying for your peace tonight Catherine and that you learn to rest in Gods mercy that endures forever!

  • Cindy says:

    I want the truth the whole truth and nothing but the truth. I don’t want to find out at the end of my life when it’s too late. I take the Scriptures as literally as I can because I believe that I should. I think it’s ok to rely on one another for help when we need it but ultimately it is up to us individually to read and interpret the Scriptures. Study to show ourselves approved and pray for guidance not wanting our ears tickled but seeking truth for ourselves. Sorry to make anyone feel confused but we are up against this every day. We have many denominations that are in disagreement with one another. Catherine we are only people, from the biblically illiterate to the deep theologians, we are people and we are all imperfect.

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