This is a major point of Romans 6. After arguing that the coming of the law increased the number of trespasses, and that subsequently "grace abounded all the more," Paul warns those who might twist his words:
6:1 What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 By no means! How can we who died to sin still live in it?
If someone trespasses against me, personally, I can dismiss that trespass and require no remuneration, no restitution, no resolution. I can simply dismiss the event and give it no consideration whatsoever.
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. [Matthew 6:12 KJV]
For if ye forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive ...
The general belief, that I think applies to most Christians, is that Jesus' death and resurrection opens the gates of heaven, saving us from sin in general, but that we must still choose to actually enter through the gate -- to repent of our individual sins and desire to sin no more.
To put it another way, Jesus' death makes repentance and forgiveness ...
The Catholic Church does indeed believe that if the sinner fulfills certain conditions, any sin can indeed be forgiven. Paragraph 982 of the Catechism of the Catholic Church states:
There is no offense, however serious, that the Church cannot forgive. "There is no one, however wicked and guilty, who may not confidently hope for forgiveness, provided ...
Protestants basically fall into three main camps, claiming that the unpardonable sin is:
attributing the works of the Holy Spirit to the devil; or,
refusal to repent even to the end of one's life; or,
hatefully and willfully slandering the Holy Spirit's testimony of Christ.
Within (3), there are three views regarding who can commit the sin: 3a) only ...
In Trinitarian theology, Jesus is both God and Man, so the title "Son of Man" isn't incorrect in that regard.
Throughout Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus generally encourages the "Messianic secret" -- He doesn't directly state He is God. Instead He does or says things which lead sincere people to that conclusion.
This miracle relies on a ...
Yes, if one has perfect contrition, which Fr. John Hardon, S.J., defines in his Catholic Dictionary as:
Sorrow for sin arising from perfect love. In perfect contrition the sinner detests sin more than any other evil, because it offends God, who is supremely good and deserving of all human love. Its motive is founded on God's own personal ...
Jude 4 says:
I say this because some ungodly people have wormed their way into your churches saying that God's marvelous grace allows us to live immoral lives. The condemnation of such people was recorded long ago, for they have denied our only Master and Lord Jesus Christ."
New Living Translation.
I think you are forgetting the next line (1 Corinthians 6:11):
And this is what some of you used to be. But you were washed, you were
sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ
and in the Spirit of our God.
It seems to me that Paul is listing those sins as examples of evils that one may do to another; however, the emphasis ...
According to this article: Has Martin Luther's "Snow-Covered Dunghill" Mystery-Legend Been Solved?! the answer to the question is, "No, he did not say that, but it sounds like something he would have said."
Conceived in sorrow and corruption, the child sins in his mother’s
womb. As he grows older, the innate element of corruption develops.
This verse says we should forgive seven times seventy "Period!"
It doesn't say we should forgive seven times seventy,
except for non- believers.
Christians are called to
(Love) even our "Enemies!"
But i tell you, Love your enemies an pray for those who persecutes you.
I'm pretty sure that ...
Hebrews 9:22 answers this question definitely:
Indeed, under the law almost everything is purified with blood, and
without the shedding of blood there is no forgiveness of sins. (ESV)
The author of Hebrews goes on from this verse to say that the spiritual things needed to be purified with greater sacrifices than that of animals, and pointed to the ...
There are a few verses in Romans that might be what you're thinking of:
Romans 3:8 ESV And why not do evil that good may come?—as some people slanderously charge us with saying. Their condemnation is just.
Romans 6:1 ESV What shall we say then? Are we to continue in sin that grace may abound?
Romans 6:15 ESV What then? Are we to sin because we are not ...
According to most Christian traditions, God cannot change His mind.
There are those that teach that He can change His mind, a position inherent in Open Theism. However, this is seen as a heresy by most orthodox Christian traditions. It denies the omniscience of God.
The OP asks:
Catholics say that our future sins are not forgiven...and say that John 20:23...uses the past, i.e. "forgiven", so ask how future sins can be forgiven. What information there is on the verb "forgiven” here...?
Since nobody seems to have addressed the issue of verb tense here, I’ll give it a try. The verb in question is infected as a third ...
Peter does not say "and if you don't get baptized you won't be saved".
Almost all Christian denominations take the view that baptism is the normal thing to do, and that Christians should do it. That doesn't imply that failing to do so for some reason invalidates your faith or excludes you from salvation. Likewise there is nothing in the Acts passage that ...
The answer to your question is further on in the chapter.
Hebrews 10:11-14 ESV And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins. But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God, waiting from that time until his enemies should be ...
CCC states that unbelievers can achieve eternal salvation- I would assume forgiveness is necessary for this, though I don't understand how this is reconciled with the biblical account.
Those who, through no fault of their own, do not know the Gospel of Christ or his Church, but who nevertheless seek God with a sincere heart, and, moved by grace, ...
The speaker is Michael Oh, the founder of Christ Bible Institute Japan. He is of Korean heritage but grew up in America.
I found a video (plus transcript) that explains more fully his animosity toward Japan, and the process of forgiveness he underwent. The video is of a talk he gave on night 5 of the Urbana missions conference in 2009. The animosity ...
This question could also entail those who lived prior to the giving of the law, such as Abraham.
Paul gives us the answer in his letter to the Romans.
But now the righteousness of God has been manifested apart from the law, although the Law and the Prophets bear witness to it— 22 the righteousness of God through faith in Jesus Christ for all who believe. ...
Jesus also said:
“Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves. (Matthew 10:16)
Do not give dogs what is sacred; do not throw your pearls to pigs. If you do, they may trample them under their feet, and turn and tear you to pieces. (Matthew 7:6)
Wisdom would suggest that one choose one'...
The verse in Greek appears as follows:
Acts 2:38 (GNT)
38 Πέτρος δὲ πρὸς αὐτούς μετανοήσατε φησίν καὶ βαπτισθήτω ἕκαστος ὑμῶν ἐπὶ τῷ ὀνόματι Ἰησοῦ Χριστοῦ εἰς ἄφεσιν τῶν ἁμαρτιῶν ὑμῶν καὶ λήμψεσθε τὴν δωρεὰν τοῦ ἁγίου πνεύματος
There are two imperatives in this verse. The first is the verb μετανοέω, which occurs in the second person plural. The second ...
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, in its discussion of this sacrament, quotes the Letter of James:
Is any among you sick? Let him call for the elders of the Church and let them pray over him, anointing him with oil in the name of the Lord; and the prayer of faith will save the sick man, and the Lord will raise him up; and if he has committed sins, he ...
When I search Google for your exact wording "sinning and knowing it's wrong, but sinning anyway because you know God will forgive you" the one of the top results identifies Hebrews 10:26-31:
For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of ...
First, when Jesus uses the phrase "the Son of Man," He is using that phrase technically, as we use "the Messiah" technically (whereas it meant 'king' since it means 'the anointed one') — referring to the eschatological messianic figure of Daniel 7, who is worshipped by all nations forever as king, and which is pondered on in pre-Christian ...
Where your confusion seems to lie is in the fact that Salvation(forgiveness) is a gift from God.
This is what Christians believe.
The fact that Jesus died on the Cross So that our sins might be forgiven;
Matthew 20:28 KJV
Even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.
Please notice ...
Repentance = Changing
Repentance (μετανοεο 3340, a la Acts 2:38) involves a change of mind and heart. There's an implicit sincerity of heart when you do it. One cannot "plan on repenting later" because that's not what repentance is. It involves a rejection of the old way because you know it's wrong.
It doesn't mean that one never commits a sin that has ...
From a Calvinist perspective, any teaching which makes God contingent on man in any way negates the supremacy of God. Put another way, who is man to say anything to God? Any choice which man makes for God is the result of an election that occurred ante praevisa merita, and is thus a decision man made long before any person "decided" he or she wanted ...
James 5:16 (which you quoted) is pretty clear that we confess our sins to the righteous, honorable ones in the church in order to be prayed for regarding those issues.
These people know what it means to sin and be shamed by it, so they will treat the confession with respect and discreetness. They themselves have struggled with sin and know its power; they ...