“As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” (Proverbs 26:11)
“But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.” (2 Peter 2:22)
This Post is About Erring from the Truth of Scripture, the Sin that Ensues, and The Battle to Overcome
“Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins.” James 5:19-20
When we err from the truth, it is not just one sin we commit. When we err, from the truth, we set into motion a cascade if sins that multiply, repeat, and reproduce themselves. Erring from the truth is not necessarily the same thing as willfully committing sin.
Here is one example of erring from the truth. I use to believe as many do today: that our sins past, present, and future are forgiven the moment we trust in Jesus with all our heart. That is what I was taught, so I believed it.
In reading about this subject, I never saw the Bible say our future sins are forgiven. Nevertheless, I went on living this particular error of truth. I committed a multitude of sins, spoiled my mind, and darkened my soul. God’s ability to work through me was deeply compromised. I was walking on a precipice teetering on eternal judgment. I now stay far away from the edge of that cliff. You should too.
Here are some scriptural proofs showing that our future sins are not automatically forgiven and can change our walk with God even causing us to lose our salvation.
“Them that sin rebuke before all, that others also may fear. I charge thee before God, and the Lord Jesus Christ, and the elect angels, that thou observe these things without preferring one before another, doing nothing by partiality. Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of men’s sins: keep thyself pure . . . Some men’s sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” (1 Timothy 5:22,23,25)
“but every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:14-16)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9) This is present tense and written to believers.
“There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.” (Romans 8:1) If we walk after the flesh, there IS condemnation for those which are in Christ Jesus. Many Bibles have taken out the last half of this verse because of the doctrine of once saved always saved. These same scholars and many pastors following their works will tell you it was because of “higher criticism”.
Those scholars have removed scripture and changed the meaning of God’s word. If they don’t repent of this sin, they have a curse from God awaiting them upon their mortal death: “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: 19 and if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.” (Revelation 22:18-19)
So our names can be taken out of the book of life:
We need to overcome the world and all the corruption Satan has cast upon us. This is not works, but we do this with faith in Jesus. We have to act on our faith and do not have dead faith. If we have faith we do well, but faith without works is dead. I would venture to go further and say that faith without works produces sin and sin produces death.
“What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him? If a brother or sister be naked, and destitute of daily food, and one of you say unto them, Depart in peace, be ye warmed and filled; notwithstanding ye give them not those things which are needful to the body; what doth it profit? Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.” (James 2:14-26)
“Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.” (1 Corinthians 6:9-11)
“Now the works of the flesh are manifest, which are these; Adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lasciviousness, 20 idolatry, witchcraft, hatred, variance, emulations, wrath, strife, seditions, heresies, 21 envyings, murders, drunkenness, revellings, and such like: of the which I tell you before, as I have also told you in time past, that they which do such things shall not inherit the kingdom of God.” (Galatians 5:19-20)
Once again: There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit. Our bodies our not our own to do as we please. They belong to God. When we do what we want with them, we are stealing from God. This is a sin that must be repented of like all others. Fear the consequences of your sin.
We cannot, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof.” (Romans 6:12). This is the whole nature of overcoming the world. God’s spirit reign in our bodies, minds, and souls producing fruit. We war against our sinful nature and must overcome it. The moment we accept Jesus we are saved. It is the sin we incur that can entrap us later. Our body must be inhabited by the Holy Ghost and not defiled by sin.
Believing that our future sins are forgiven, is a grave and terrible error
If someone errs in believing this, they run the risk of not repenting and living in sin. Not identifying, repenting, and turning from “routine” sin (it becomes routine because of habituation) is a grievous mistake that can quench the Holy Ghost and lead to spiritual death.
Do you see how erring from the truth can cause a multitude of sins? (James 5:20)
When we fall into error of truth or choose to practice willful sin. When we follow Christ, we find that no one can separate us from the love of Christ. This refers to being separated by a power outside ourselves, like when we will get raptured and taken up. It does not refer to our own power or choice to live in sin. We have strayed ourselves bringing our souls into spiritual death. Scripture promises God’s children security in Christ when we are walking in him, following Him, listening to Him, not when we are putting the cross of Christ to shame by crucifying Him all over again.
“But every man is tempted, when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived, it bringeth forth sin: and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death. Do not err, my beloved brethren” (James 1:14-16).
“For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire” (2 Peter 2:20-22).
“There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it (1 Corinthians 10:13).”
Do not be drawn into sin leading to perdition and damnation, to Hell. There is no liberty in sin. There is no liberty to sin. Those that teach we have liberty to sin have been warned in scripture. To accept sin as a normal part if our Christian life comes from the teaching of Balaam, which God hates.
There are sins not unto death, sins unto death, and blaspheming the Holy Ghost (subject for a later post). Live in a manner that you avoid them all!!!
“Abstain from all appearance of evil.” (1 Thessalonians 5:22) Because our sinful nature wars against our soul. This, we must overcome.