DOES GRACE COVER UNREPENTANT SINNERS? by steve finnell
Is God's grace a licence to sin?
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not ! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? (NKJV)
Do Christians sin? Yes. Should Christians be sinners? No. There is a difference between Christians who on occasion sin and unrepentant Christians who live a sinful lifestyle.
If a Christian has an abortion, commits murder, is involved in fornication or gets drunk, will grace cover him? Yes, of course. The question remains will God's grace cover the continuation of a sinful lifestyle?
The apostle Paul persecuted Christians before his conversion to Christ. Would he have been covered by grace had he continued to persecute Christians?
If the apostle Peter had continued to pervert the gospel after he was confronted by the apostle Paul, would he have still been covered by grace? Obviously not. (Galatians 2:11-21) (Galatians 5:1-4)
Galatians 5:19-21 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, licentiousness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand just as I also told in the time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God (NKJV)
The unrepentant practicing of sin will keep Christians from entering the kingdom of God.
Christians do sin, but they should not be sinners. (1 John 1:5-10, 1 John 2:1-2)
Grace is not a licence to sin.