Will God not accept us in his kingdom if we sin as Christians?

Will God not accept us in his kingdom if we sin as Christians?


This post is for Christians only.

This question was raised to me a while back and I posted this here to share with you what I think and more so what Christ taught us, because the guy who asked this question was troubled and confused regarding his salvation.

To start I think it is a vague question, a wrong question to some extent, because it doesn’t define the extent of the meaning of the words “God”, “sin” and “Christians”. Many people can have a lot of different views and definitions of these words which may or may not form a cohesive frame of logic.

To start with, God wants to save all but remember he is holy and he wants his people to be holy as well. So at the end, what counts the most is what is in your heart. If you enjoy your sin, God will know that, if you fight your sin and fail or succeed, God will acknowledge that too. Yes, we all sin, but I think we are derailed when we think Christ compromises on our sins. He doesn’t, that is the only reason he came all the way down to earth and died a horrible death so that we could be free of sin. He wants to abolish the sinful nature in us and though sin we may, it is paramount to know what is working in us. If it is the spirit of God and nature of God then we are assured that we can overcome our weaknesses and God saves us from our sins. But if it is the sinful nature that rules us and we are lip-Christians, then we need to seriously look into our spiritual life and the void which only Christ can fill.

What do I mean by Sinful?
When I say “sinful” I do not mean people who sin. For everyone sins, now, then and often. What I mean is, has Christ has done his work in you? Are you a new creature, does the spirit of God dwells in you? These are the most important questions. And if Christ has not done his work in you then are you willing to let him rule our heart? And the beauty is that he can rule your heart despite your weaknesses. Sanctification is a life long process. But what does develop, is the love and intimate relationship with Christ and through that we can learn to overcome sin. Christ is not looking for people who never sin, rather the people who, being in him, changed, do not want to sin. The ones who realize that their heavenly father abhors sin.

We can sin and be forgiven or we can sin and continue to sin and think we are forgiven. Faith in no way is an umbrella for sinning. And the beauty is that if you ask God to deliver you from your weakness you will be delivered.

Does sin condemn us or the lack of faith thereof?

We all sin, that is fine, I believe God forgives us for everything, we don’t have to bow down over and over for something,. However there is a difference between a God fearing attitude and a bold to sin attitude. In fact one could sin all their life (and we do) and yet still be justified in Christ. For it is not the amount of sin or repentance which counts but faith in Christ. In my observation, people who tend to be bold to sin without considering the atonement of Christ to be a gift, tend to have a hardening of heart and there by their faith is reduced to no more than a superficial veil of righteousness, where no amount of sin matters as long as they are “Christians”.

For it is not sin which ultimately leads to death as Christ forgives us our sins but the lack of faith, the lack of agreement that we need Christ to be saved, the lack of fear of God and also the same thing that John points out in:

1 John 1:8 “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.”

It is vital to understand that sin is a hindrance in our relationship with God, it is wrong.

Do you have the spirit of Christ?

I don’t think it is a fair way to say that God is gonna punish us for every single sin we do, nor do I think it is fair to say that we can be children of God and sin all we want. I do however think it is a good question to ask yourself if you hate sin or not? I think that pretty much decides the camp you are in. No child of God can love God and love sin at the same time. He will either love one and hate the other. Paul speaks of something close when he mentions his weakness at doing something he wants to do but can’t and what he doesn’t want to do, he ends up doing exactly that. And in this scenario where we know but can’t overcome by ourselves, is the point where the grace of Christ can help us. And the same Paul wrote

“Do you not know that the wicked will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived:”

I think there is a fine line between sinning as a born again believer and fighting it and then asking God for grace and his love to overcome the sin OR being a Christian by name, loving the wickedness, the acts of the sinful nature and think it is okay to sin as long as you are a Christian you are just saved. You can’t fall in both groups at the same time. If you are a child of God and you sinned, you would know the grace of love of God and being a child of God and having the nature of Christ, you will know how terrible sin is and may I say, you will detest sin even though you fell for it. But if we have not been born again, nor is the spirit of Christ in us then we will be okay with sin, because at the core we do not fully realize the work of the Cross neither God’s nature and his dislike of sin.

Now who is a Christian? Not the one who was born, or raised as a Christian but one who believes in Christ as his Lord and savior and therefore has the spirit of Christ which is given to those who believe in him through grace and the work of the cross. Because at the bottom of it all, it is of utmost importance to know whether we are Christians by name or Christ’s spirit is in us.

Fighting sin and addiction is not a very easy task but it helps most when it comes with an understanding of God’s love and his nature. Once you get to know Christ, that is the moment of change and then it becomes easy rather then trying to change with your own efforts.

So next time you are worried about your weakness to sin, you only have to answer this, “Do I have the spirit of God. Am I a new creature in Christ? has Christ done his work in me? Do I have faith in Him?

Remember God loves you, even when you do not deserve it and you sin. God’s love is not dependent on your good performance but on his ever lasting will to love you as his Child. Even when we receive punishment for our mistakes, it is not because God hates us but because he loves us too much to see us lost in sin.

That is the only reason God sent his son that whosoever shall believe in Him shall not perish but have everlasting life.

Be strong, it is faith in Christ which absolves us, not our good deeds (they are a result of our spiritual life and not vice-versa ).

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21 thoughts on “Will God not accept us in his kingdom if we sin as Christians?

  1. @”Does sin condemn us or the lack of faith thereof?”

    a very profound question!

    i honestly believe, if Jesus were with us today
    He will say to us in KJV,

    ‘o ye of little faith, I am your righteousness’

    we totally forgot Christ to be our substitute. not that we are sinless, but that because we are precisely sinners.

    by all means hate sin, but by all the means embrace God’s righteousness revealed, who is Jesus the power to save us. Romans 1:16-17

    – grace and peace

  2. John, good morning. I thought I would challenge you, as you have so splendidly done to me. I have a few questions. The first is important. Do you truly believe that a repentant pedophile will go to heaven also? Would you want to be in heaven with a person who abused small children, and did so for years or multiple times, even though they repented, at the last min. Do you believe that heaven is achievable for murders and rapists as well? Is the point of heaven not to be a reward for just deeds and good behavior? So therefore accepting those who lived very bad lives and post their actions landing them in prison, then they were saved and lived justly, in a prison environment, seems like an equivelant reward?

    1. Okay I will answer in order so as to keep the line clean and clear.

      1. If you can accept the worst of what a man can do then the least seems like nothing. So those are the worst of the offensive crimes, though the others, some of them, seem quite gruesome as well.

      2. Well when you compare the life of an upstanding “Christian” with that of a “sinner” do you think the reward should be equal for those who help the needy and those who destroy lives?

      3. Yes, because that man has only one life to ruin, and one woman willing to be abused by his ignorance. Hitler was responsible for the deaths of 6 million with the intent of genocide. He also killed his opponents, and gypsies, and homosexuals. I would assume though if he prayed in the final hours before he died and repented you would be welcoming him into heaven.

      4. This question really merits no response. That is a distraction.

      I look forward to your answer.

      1. hi Rachel I hope you don’t mind me chiming a bit 🙂

        @ ” Do you truly believe that a repentant pedophile will go to heaven also? Would you want to be in heaven with a person who abused small children, and did so for years or multiple times, even though they repented, at the last min ”
        ………………………………………………

        i would want to be in heaven with my mother in law either. LoL.
        kidding 🙂

        we may be the worst and no. 1 sinner on earth. and just a min after receiving Jesus we die and go to heaven straight.

        earth is not a place to hone our skills to become like Jesus.
        we do not make sure that we are sinless when we reach heaven.
        we do not make sure to be a good person before entering heaven.

        Jesus is not to be followed. Jesus lives in us. Jesus represents us.
        Jesus is our lamb for our sins. He is our perfect sin offering.

        Flesh is not going to enter heaven. there is no more marriage in heaven, no murderers, no homosexuals, no liberals, no politicians.

        the only one who is going to enter heaven is the one whom Jesus represents.

        repentance and sin is a very tricky sentence.

        perception of sin is ‘the actions’.

        we always think that repentance means ‘to stop doing sin’
        no one can stop committing sin. if so, Jesus would have not come and died for our sins. we cannot save our selves.

        in the scripture repentance is the greek word ‘metanoia’ means change of mind

        repentance is not turning away from sin but turning to Jesus our righteousness.
        you ‘change you mind’ about sin because you see Jesus
        as the only one who can make you righteous.

        you ‘change your mind’ on how you are righteous, you are not righteous by good works, but by faith alone. and you receive Christ righteousness by faith.

        the good works will follow. a pedophile, who has Christ as his righteousness, will definitely experience change.
        there is going to be a struggle in the inside, I guarantee you.

        he is used to be called pedophile, but now he is called a ‘saint’

        but to those pedophiles who refuses to receive Jesus as their righteousness, who are not righteous by faith, who uses repentance as a means of sinning because they love to sin,
        is neither righteous nor saved.
        they won’t make it to heaven.

        repentance will not get you to heaven. Jesus can get you to heaven
        that is if Jesus represents you.
        if Jesus represents you, you will at least the very least struggle against sin for you have been made alive.

        a dead person will not struggle to swim in the ocean. the one who is alive is the one who will struggle.

        @”Do you believe that heaven is achievable for murders
        and rapists as well?”
        ………………………………………………

        if Bin Laden have realized Jesus died for his sins? he will be saved
        if Saddam Hussein realized Jesus died for his sins? he will be saved

        but if your neighbor who does all the good works, gives to charity,
        gives up all his possessions for the poor, nails himself to the cross
        will never be saved. unless Jesus substitutes for them.

        @”Is the point of heaven not to be a reward for just deeds and good behavior? So therefore accepting those who lived very bad lives and post their actions landing them in prison, then they were saved and lived justly, in a prison environment, seems like an equivelant reward?”
        ………………………………………………

        salvation is not a reward. salvation is a gift to be received by faith.
        all it takes to received salvation is by believing Jesus is your savior and that you are a sinner.

        neither can we receive salvation by becoming more wicked as some think. shall we sin that grace may abound?

        sin does not make us sinners.
        we are sinners not because we have committed a sin.

        we sin because we are sinners.
        we are sinners because of Adam’s sin.

        so heaven does not make distinction on a
        person’s good deeds or bad deeds.
        there is no bearing to that towards salvation.

        – wow what a long comment I made 🙂

        – grace and peace

        1. If your form of heaven is exclusive of homosexuals, and invites pedophiles on the basis that Jesus is in their hearts. I don’t want anything with that kind of “heaven.” If you need the blood of an innocent man to “save” you from the sin god created, and then punished you for, then I don’t want any of your god.
          If you believe that these are just and kind things for a deity to do then you are wrong. It is not okay to create you sick and force you to be well, and then blame you for a sacrifice he demanded of you because he created sin. Sorry but that is nothing but apologetic to the dogmatic stance of a perfect deity, while apologizing to him for creating you. If he could not handle his creations then he is not omnipotent, and does not deserve the title of deity.

      2. @”If your form of heaven is exclusive of homosexuals,
        and invites pedophiles on the basis that Jesus is in their hearts.
        I don’t want anything with that kind of “heaven.”
        ………………………………..

        there is neither Male nor Female in heaven. not even a homosexual.
        there are no pedophiles in heaven either. but i say, there are ex-pedophiles.

        when Jesus asked by the experts of the Law regarding marriage when a widow re marries,
        His answer to them was “you are out of context”. because there is no marriage in heaven.

        @”If you need the blood of an innocent man to “save” you from the sin
        god created, and then punished you for, then I don’t want any of your god.
        ………………………………..

        justice has never been different. we all are equally deserving the punishment.

        in the city I grew up, try voicing your opinion about muslims and you’ll end up dead.
        I got family murdered for preaching Jesus.

        just like you, i dont get it. why would God send Jesus to die for those murderers?

        I am reserved to those who claim to be Christians, who are blabbers and yet dont
        have to ball to stand up and preach the gospel with their life at stake on the line.

        @If you believe that these are just and kind things for a deity to do then you are wrong.
        ………………………………..

        in your context, definitely I am wrong.

        but since the context of the conversation is on my side, I am right.

        I am right because the bible says it clearly.

        thousands of years ago long before Jesus was born, sacrificial lambs are required to be perfect.
        those innocent animals depicts Jesus.

        I respect your opinion that I am wrong, but like I said if you bring the conversation to scripture
        thats jsut how it was. Jesus died for the ungodly, the sinnners. yes to pedophiles and murderers.

        just like you, I dont get it, why would someone save these evil people, but thats the truth.

        @It is not okay to create you sick and force you to be well, and then blame you for a sacrifice he
        demanded of you because he created sin.
        ………………………………..

        God did not created me sick. when Adam and Eve gave this world to the the evil one, the evil one
        unleashed evils.

        Jesus came about healing the sick, casting out the demon possesed, raising the dead.
        Jesus says if you see Him then you have seen the FAther for they are one.

        in other words, what Jesus did was Gods will. to make you well.

        you wont gonna believe me, but almost my entire life I am sick with a heart disease.
        for a number of years for every 20 days I get injected with medicine.
        all the people I know with the same heart disease, already have died.

        and I am still here. and no longer taking shots. I dont think it was God’s desire to make me sick.

        God is not a saddist like most of us use to think.

        religion made a very bad image of God.

        remember when people would tell you “yes God is Love, but He is Judge”

        that pretty much painted a scary, punishing image of God on my head.

        until I realized on the scripture, God isn’t exactly the way I though him to be.

        God does not break your leg to teach you how to walk properly.
        our earthly father may do that.

        God does not cause us to fear Him in order to love Him.
        no, He lets you experience his love then I can guarantee you, you will love him back.

        @Sorry but that is nothing but apologetic to the dogmatic stance of a perfect deity,
        while apologizing to him for creating you. If he could not handle his creations
        then he is not omnipotent, and does not deserve the title of deity.
        ………………………………..

        God is omnipotent. but there are things he cannot over power.

        1. ‘Blood’ – God cannot look beyond the blood.
        Jesus covers us with his blood.
        therefore God cannot see our sins.

        2. ‘Will’ – God respects our decision. It is precisely he is omnipotent that
        He can control himself over by overriding our ‘will’

        you have power in your hand and that power is called ‘will’.
        God will advertise Jesus as your substitute, your lamb for your sins, but he will not force you.

        honestly God could have just snatch us all and bring us to heaven.
        but his self control to control his power means he is omnipotent.

        else if God does will simply just snatch us, then he is not God.
        for God does change his mind, nor does he lie. he honors his word.
        God is righteous and just. therefore he honors our will.

        now we can choose to abide by his power, or abide by our own strength.

        1. I am sorry but that is one pathetic excuse for believing. After all if you say they are (ex) and that warrants the excuse of the behavior then no one has any good reason to behave. In fact anyone can behave criminally and be forgiven as long as a few moments before they die, they repent. Once again Christianity fails the litmus test for morality.

          1. hahaha.. no one deserves heaven. not even me. not even you.

            heaven is a place for the worst sinners as you can imagine.

            if you think you are moral and you deserve heaven as a result of your morality. think hard.

            good talks 🙂

            1. I find that deplorable as you should as well. I don’t have the mentality that I was born sick and forced by penalty of fire and torture to be good. No instead I know that I was born and am the same flawed human as all others and am perfectly fine with that.

      3. one more.

        @” If you need the blood of an innocent man to “save” you from the sin god created”
        ………………………………………….

        sin is not an object, nor a created thing, nor was it created by God.
        sin is the word Hamartia in greek means to miss the mark.

        but the devil is a creature. the devil is the one sinning or disobeying God.
        when Adam and Even bowed to the devil, they have become sinners.

        when we break the Law we trespass the law.
        the trespass is not a created thing, it simply means we have qualified ourselves to punishment or penalty of the Law

  3. Is there something moral about making a bed? Or more moral than brushing your teeth? I mean the question does not have any association with the previous questions. In fact I would say there is no morality based in bed making.

    1. there is a point to it, if you would answer you’ll see. I mean. If u do not think that a person should be jailed for not making their bed, you can just say so, if you think they should, you can agree. Either way its a simple question, humor me if you would. 🙂 , don’t worry I will not hold you to it.

      1. I am a fan of Hitchens, there is always a catch 22. I would say depending upon moral codes and laws, as depicted by legislation it is not illegal to not make your bed and therefore not a crime. Also there is no references in the bible to bed making and as such does not even come under sinning. So no they should not be.

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