But what is your take on what would have happened if the prodigal son or anyone who had received salvation backslides by rejecting the Father, His Son, the Holy Ghost and totally turned away from the faith and DIED without having repented or had the opportunity to return to the fold. Would that person be heading for hell or heaven? This is a conversation that came up with a couple of my work colleague when we were in an after discussion on Luke 15:11-32 so I would be interested in having a discussion and receiving everyone's point of view.
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You know james in the temple days the people could not really be blamed for their sins because the truth be know they were in fact slaves to sin . Sin was their master they were bound and chain so the fact is they continually sinned.
But we are no longer under law but under grace and people appear to be using the same arguement that we cannot help it if we sin, this is not true we can help it because Jesus came and laid down His life in order to shift the our position where sin no longer has control over us, sin is no longer the master, we are in fact now the master the balance have been shifted to give us the control that is what make grace so much more different to the law, sin can no longer control us, we have to give control over to sin, sin cannot take control we are in charge therefore if we are walking in sin then we have made a choice to leave the path that Jesus laid. And if we have left that path how then can we get to heaven when there is only one way.
The problem is preacher not many are truly born again you do have your Judases who tag along acting as if they are born again but having one foot in and the other out.
I believe the question is asking for a more universal concept of Sin.
Man has Free Will.
He chooses to believe or Not, as well as to MAINTAIN that belief and obedience.
When Christ died on the cross, He destroyed sin as a whole, meaning that we now have a remedy for the Sin Nature. That's why the statement is that Christ died for future sins is conceptual in nature. As we are accountable for our repentance.
Thanks for your response it should be noted that the question was specific that the person died without repenting that also mean he did not repent on his death bed. There is no question that if one repent of ones sin even at the last minute one is save, the story of the theif on the cross illusrtate this fact.
If peradventure ( dont take it is as your own will and choice ) God grant repentance.!
So any and every action is weighed and presumption is as big as any sin,ask Uzzah.
Pride and presumption,cousins.Both an abomination.
Dont presume Your salvation, only *GODS* faithfulness to do *HIS* part in it.
BE CAREFUL TO MAINTAIN EVEN GOOD WORKS TITUS SAYS TWICE.
To OSAS is to do a Universal Redemption ISM, onus on *GOD* or *HE* is partial..
No free will. The mystery of iniquity - - -.
Sure noone can pluck You from *HIS* hand but Yourselfwill not denied as *HE* asked.
Not taking up Your cross daily and following.
Heb 10: 35 - - -to - - -39.
And the truth shall make you FREE.
To receive grace to operate in faith,which works by LOVE.
AND WALK IN THE *LIGHT* AS ONLY THEN DOES THE `BLOOD` CLEANSE.
KEEP TO YOUR OWN CALLING OR BE A TRANSGRESSOR AGAINST *GOD* AND THE BODY.
WHATSOEVER IS NOT OF FAITH IS SIN.
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