John ... what about those that think they have a free pass to behave as they choose...then pull out the "I am forgiven" card.<quoted text>
Sin is sin, and God hates all sin. And God's Word says clearly the the only unforgivable sin is "blasphemy of the Holy Spirit".
Satan's sickest trick is to get someone that is saved to believe they can lose that salvation. And that God's Word isn't telling the truth when it says: "If you confess with your mouth the Lord Jesus Christ and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead THOU SHALL BE SAVED" (Romans 10:9-10).
It doesn't say: "thou shall be saved, BUT I might take that gift back because I'm a vengeful God, and Jesus' sacrifice on the cross wasn't enough". And that Jesus lied when He said "it is finished".
And I can see a handful of believers in here have bought into that lie satan is selling. When people buy into that lie they're simply putting themselves right back under the curse of the laws that Jesus fulfilled. Trying to work their way to salvation.
Sad, truly sad.
Or those that have sinned...claims forgiveness...and the continues to commit that same sin...over and over.
Then there are those that sin...know they have sinned...do they need to ask forgiveness of can they keep using the original pass.
I have heard this debate all my life...
I was taught that when I was aware of sin...that I was to ask forgiveness for that sin...no blanket pass allowed.
I guess my other question would be...what if a "saved" Christian commits a sin...and never ask for forgiveness for that sin?
Are there not responsibilities when one receives a gift...even if that gift is free? What happens if one does not live up to those responsibilities?