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If You Are Saved, Are Your Future Sins Forgiven?
10/28/07 | Pinochet

Posted on 10/28/2007 5:11:19 PM PDT by pinochet

I am a Catholic who is trying to understand Protestant history and teachings, in order to better understand the history of Christianity. There is one issue that I do not understand.

According to Protestant teachings, if a person becomes saved, are his future sins forgiven? Can a person lose his salvation? If not, can assurance of salvation become a license to sin?

If Ted Haggard had gone to be with the Lord early last year, while in the process of getting a "massage" from his male "friend", would he have gone straight to heaven?


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Another Example - If you repented your sins last month, and got saved. But you then ended up dying suddenly, today, without fresh repentance for any sins you may have committed over the past month. Will you go to heaven?

Should you be sinless at the time of your death to go to heaven?

1 posted on 10/28/2007 5:11:21 PM PDT by pinochet
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If you are sincerely sorry for your sins and TRY to really sin no more, then you are doing the best you can.

We all have sin nature, but we should not assume that Christ is a free pass to continue to willingly sin or be in a sin parade.

We are IMO to always fight the good fight to be better and not sin, but when we do, we should ask forgiveness and really mean it. We should be trying to sin no more.

2 posted on 10/28/2007 5:14:30 PM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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I’ll throw a bag of popcorn in the microwave. Yes, the same questions have occurred to me.


3 posted on 10/28/2007 5:14:42 PM PDT by steve86 (Acerbic by nature, not nurture )
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If you are saved, then you won’t feel like sinning any more.

But if you do feel like sinning anyway, then you weren’t saved.

This is one of the many difficulties of Protestant theology. When is inner certainty self-deceit?


4 posted on 10/28/2007 5:15:34 PM PDT by proxy_user
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How many of your sins were in the future at the time Christ died? All of them.


5 posted on 10/28/2007 5:16:12 PM PDT by Kevmo (We should withdraw from Iraq via Tehran. And Duncan Hunter is just the man to get that job done.)
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There is one issue that I do not understand.

Yes. This type of thread should be posted in either the General/Chat or Religion sections.

6 posted on 10/28/2007 5:16:52 PM PDT by Mr. Mojo (My other Telecaster is a Thinline)
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According to Protestant theology, you don’t go to heaven because you are sinless, but because the sinless one, Jesus Christ, paid the penalty for your sins, and you repented accepted him as your Savior. Of course, repentence can be insincere, but God knows the heart.


7 posted on 10/28/2007 5:17:23 PM PDT by hellbender
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"If you repented your sins last month, and got saved. But you then ended up dying suddenly, today, without fresh repentance for any sins you may have committed over the past month. Will you go to heaven?"

Your question brings me back to our Q&A sessions in Catholic school, back in the 3rd grade during catechism class.

"Sister Mary Jean, if you were walking to confession, and you had committed a mortal sin, and you were going to confess but you were hit by a car outside the church, would you go to hell for eternity?"

We were obsessed with legalistic questions such as these.

8 posted on 10/28/2007 5:17:59 PM PDT by WL-law
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To: pinochet; Thinkin' Gal

Your mission, if you choose to accept it, is to answer this question. ;) good luck!


9 posted on 10/28/2007 5:18:01 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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If you are saved, then you won’t feel like sinning any more.

We can assume the Apostle Paul was saved. Yet he makes it very clear that he continued to feel like sinning. He had to "pummel his body and lead it as a slave," with strong implication that even so he sometimes failed to resist the temptation.

10 posted on 10/28/2007 5:18:02 PM PDT by Sherman Logan
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It is not for we humans to know the answers to these questions. We work out our own salvation and other people’s salvation is between them and God.

My layman’s opinion.


11 posted on 10/28/2007 5:18:43 PM PDT by i_dont_chat (Your choice if you take offense.)
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Yes, ALL your sins are forgiven (as Paul states.. we are not given ‘liscence’ to sin once saved by Christ), but once saved Jesus paid all our sins, every last one. I believe that isn’t a Catholic vs. Protestant though..it’s a Biblical belief/stance.


12 posted on 10/28/2007 5:18:48 PM PDT by JSDude1 (When a liberal represents the Presidential Nominee for the Republicans; THEY'RE TOAST)
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if a person becomes saved, are his future sins forgiven?

No. That's a cult.

13 posted on 10/28/2007 5:18:58 PM PDT by donna (Duncan Hunter: US Army, 1969-1971, with service in Vietnam)
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According to Protestant teachings, if a person becomes saved, are his future sins forgiven?

That's what we're taught, yes.

Can a person lose his salvation?

No.

If not, can assurance of salvation become a license to sin?

No. If one's acceptance of Christ is true, then one will not wish to sin. We all transgress, of course, but deliberately going out and sinning because we think we have a free pass means that our conversion was not genuine.

14 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:04 PM PDT by SandyInSeattle (Some people are like slinkys, the idea of them tumbling down a flight of stairs makes you smile.)
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Scripture uses adoption to describe salvation. When we are adopted as children, there’s no such thing as being un-adopted.


15 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:16 PM PDT by xjcsa (Defenseless enemies are fun.)
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Christ’s blood covers all my sins. As a former catholic, I may be in danger of hellfire (or at least a long time in purgatory) for leaving the faith. Wait a minute, did they do away with purgatory? Or was that limbo?
Bah! I’ll trust in God’s mercy and the blood of Christ !!!
16 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:25 PM PDT by chadwimc (Proud to be an infidel ! Allah fubar !!!)
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or be in a sin parade.

Where do they have those? j/k

17 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:43 PM PDT by Lijahsbubbe
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Even after we have been saved and accepted the Lords as our savior and he has washed us as white as snow of our past sins, he knows that the spirit is willing but the flesh is weak and we shall sin again. Less than before as we will strive to follow in his name and to be salt to this earth and be of it rather than in it. Still, we must confess our sins in our hearts each day and each our and ask forgiveness.

In that final moment in our heart we must ask his forgiveness and call upon him in his name that we might enter heaven.

Sound familiar to much of the Catholic faith.


18 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:44 PM PDT by SandRat (Duty, Honor, Country. What else needs to be said?)
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How many times can Christ die for your sins?


19 posted on 10/28/2007 5:19:56 PM PDT by Taxbilly
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A lot seems to depend on feelings, as if one can do anything if drugged and unaware.


20 posted on 10/28/2007 5:20:00 PM PDT by SteveMcKing
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