If anyone sees his brother commit a sin that does not lead to death, he should pray and God will give him life. I refer to those whose sin does not lead to death. There is a sin that leads to death. I am not saying that he should pray about that. All wrongdoing is sin, and there is sin that does not lead to death. (1 John 5:16,17).
Therefore, whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup of the Lord in an unworthy manner will be guilty of sinning against the body and blood of the Lord.And to that they further try to connect the sin unto death to the physical deaths of Ananias and Sapphira. To them, they are specific examples of the sin unto death:
A man ought to examine himself before he eats of the bread and drinks of the cup. For anyone who eats and drinks without recognizing the body of the Lord eats and drinks judgment on himself. That is why many among you are weak and sick, and a number of you have fallen asleep.
Then Peter said, "Ananias, how is it that Satan has so filled your heart that you have lied to the Holy Spirit and have kept for yourself some of the money you received for the land? Didn't it belong to you before it was sold? And after it was sold, wasn't the money at your disposal? What made you think of doing such a thing? You have not lied to men but to God." When Ananias heard this, he fell down and died. And great fear seized all who heard what had happened. Then the young men came forward, wrapped up his body, and carried him out and buried him. About three hours later his wife came in, not knowing what had happened. Peter asked her, "Tell me, is this the price you and Ananias got for the land?" "Yes," she said, "that is the price." Peter said to her, "How could you agree to test the Spirit of the Lord? Look! The feet of the men who buried your husband are at the door, and they will carry you out also." At that moment she fell down at his feet and died. Then the young men came in and, finding her dead, carried her out and buried her beside her husband (Acts 5:3-10).
From the eternal security perspective, when a person once saved dies physically, he goes to heaven. How such people are living at that point is inconsequential, even if God would kill them physically because of their unrepentant heinous sins. This clearly spells out a license for immorality and that is their poisonous understanding of the sin unto death.
For this cause, some of you are weak and sickly and some of you sleep; some of you died because God has brought judgment upon you for the way you have conducted yourselves and so forth. So I think what he's saying is, there are some sins that are so heinous and not only heinous but perhaps I think it depends upon the position that a person has that brings reproach upon Christ and God takes them home for that. [Radio show 0121. (The word, heinous, is defined as "utterly reprehensible or evil.")]
What kind of punishment is this that God would kill a person because of their unrepentant heinous sins and take them out of this cursed environment filled with sin, injustice and pain to a beautiful paradise where joy, peace, truth, righteousness, etc. will be?For Paul, to live was Christ and die was gain and better by far (Phil. 1:21-23), but these "blind guides" want us to think we can live for self, sin and the devil and die in those sins and still go to heaven. Hence, death isn't really a punishment at all, but a blessing and gain for their hatred of God and wickedness.
To look at this in another way, one can therefore backslide into heinous sin and wickedness, absolutely refuse to repent even though disciplined and get blessed by the thrice holy God for his unyielding stubborn rebellion when God strikes him dead in his holy wrath and anger AND TAKES HIM TO HEAVEN! Dear reader, that is nonsense! If you ponder the horrible conclusion produced by the eternal security teachers, you will have to agree that their version of the sin unto death is nothing more than a deadly, religious myth yielding an opportunity to live in wild rebellion to God - a license for immorality.
I think back many years ago of a man in this church who was engaged in adultery - a man who had been a minster [sic] and had left the ministry, but a man who seemed to be a godly man - a man who seemed to be a Christian. Only God knows the heart. He became involved with a married woman. He was going to have her divorce her husband and marry him. I admonished him and urged him to repent. He was brought before the discipline committee and they admonished him to repent. He was suspended from the sacraments, but he did not repent. Finally, the Session determined that since he remained impenitent, they would have to excommunicate this man from the church. Just before that happened, God pulled his string and suddenly that young man died. These are just some of the unlimited, infinite ways God can chasten those who are truly His own, who do not repent of their sins. My friends, we need to take the warnings seriously because they are very real. [D. James Kennedy, Can A Christian Fall From Grace? (Ft. Lauderdale FL: Coral Ridge Ministries), pp. 14, 15.]So Dave Hunt and the Calvinists are identical twins regarding the sin unto death, because they both teach eternal security, that is, once a person becomes saved he will always remain saved regardless how far into wickedness he may go and remain there without any repentance!
At times D. James Kennedy's Calvinism will have him declare the elect will endure in holiness to the end, but then he turns right around and blatantly teaches his sin unto death yarn. Doesn't D. James Kennedy know that dying in adultery is not enduring to the end in holiness? Clearly, this is a doctrine of demons, which Christians must oppose!
However, as it is written: "No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love him" (1 Cor 2:9).In other words, those who actually enter God's kingdom love God. (This is the real issue, not if God loves them.) To love God we must obey him (John 14:15,21,23,24; 1 John 5:3). Moreover, not to love Jesus is to be unsaved:
Listen, my dear brothers: Has not God chosen those who are poor in the eyes of the world to be rich in faith and to inherit the kingdom he promised those who love him? (James 2:5)
If anyone does not love the Lord, he is to be accursed. Maranatha. (1 Cor 16:22)Clearly, one is not loving God if he is in such sins as those just taught under the sin unto death by the well-known Dave Hunt and D. James Kennedy. Jesus taught:
He who does not love me will not obey my teaching .... (John 14:24)Furthermore, Hebrews 10 say:
If we deliberately keep on sinning after we have received the knowledge of the truth, no sacrifice for sins is left, but only a fearful expectation of judgment and of raging fire that will consume the ENEMIES OF GOD. Anyone who rejected the law of Moses died without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace? (Heb 10:26-29)Did you notice that one becomes (spiritually dead and) an enemy of God by turning to that type of willful sin (unforgivable sin), the very thing that Dave Hunt's and D. James Kennedy's teachings allow for without jeopardizing salvation, with their false sin unto death. Also, Heb. 10:27 says the fury of fire (or raging fire) will consume God's enemies. How much more clear can it get? The ones killed by God because of their deliberate sinning go to the fires of Hell, not heaven.
Also, the true Christian is clearly called by the term saint, which means holy one. Since sin can make a holy person unholy again (1 Tim. 5:22; Rev. 3:4; etc.), and therefore unfit for entrance into the kingdom of God (Mt. 5:8; Heb. 12:14; Rom. 6:22; etc.), then these eternal security teachers are dangerously downplaying the effects of sin in the life of a Christian. Souls are at risk because of their fables, including the sin unto death myth.
Sins that cause the sin unto death (or spiritual death) are the ones listed in 1 Cor. 6:9,10; Eph. 5:5-7; Rev. 21:8 and other listings which exclude one from inheriting the Kingdom of God. Lesser sins, such as worry or unthankfulness, are not sins unto death.
Dear reader, if you think you can live in heinous sin, as Dave Hunt and D. James Kennedy wants all to believe, and still be on the road to heaven, you have been dangerously deceived. You must repent (turn from sin) or you will find yourself being thrown into the lake of fire in the end. You are not just jeopardizing your physical life, rewards, etc. as they say, but it is your very SOUL that is endangered. Don't be deceived about the sin unto death or anything else they say which allows for wickedness and salvation at the same time.
Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous. He who does what is sinful is of the devil .... (1 John 3:7,8)Remember, if you are an eternal security proponent this information (really sin unto death sermon) exposes eternal security as a license to sin!
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