One of the worst doctrines to ever infect the church

Nevertheless, I have a few things against you: There are some among you who hold to the teaching of Balaam, who taught Balak to entice the Israelites to sin so that they ate food sacrificed to idols and committed sexual immorality. 15 Likewise, you also have those who hold to the teaching of the Nicolaitans. (Revelation 2:14-15)

One of the worse doctrines to ever infect the churches is the teaching that Christians who have been forgiven of their sins are therefore free to go and commit any kind of wickedness they want since the are “forgiven.” Apparrantly this doctrine had begun to take hold in Pergamum, where some had fallen into sexual immorality. Paul strongly condemns this doctrine in the book of Romans:

What shall we say, then? Shall we go on sinning so that grace may increase? By no means! We are those who have died to sin; how can we live in it any longer? Or don’t you know that all of us who were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into his death? We were therefore buried with him through baptism into death in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead through the glory of the Father, we too may live a new life. (Romans 6:1-4)

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2 Responses to One of the worst doctrines to ever infect the church

  1. oarubio says:

    I agree that the notion (not a doctrine), that a forgiven Christian may do whatever he wants, is not just wrong but extremely dangerous. Quite the contrary, we are forgiven with God’s expectation that we will redouble our efforts to not commit this sin again. Now, we are fallen and Satan throws temptations at us constantly. So, the likelihood exists that we will fall again, perhaps in a different way. Neverthelss, we must keep trying. Thank God He knows when we are really trying!… Hope you are successful in reaching many about this.

    • schildan10 says:

      You are absolutely right. None of us are perfect, and we will all sin again.
      However, the kind of sin we’re talking about in these verses seems to be a repetitive pattern of sexual immorality. This is extreme, premeditated sin. However, even in this case, Jesus still holds out the offer of forgiveness, provided that they repent (verse 16).

      My opinion is that the individuals he is talking about here are not true believers, but fakes.

      Thanks for your comment, would love to hear from you again.

      -Daniel

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