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October 20, 2008

I received two questions today via text message. I thought I would put them on the blog and see how you might answer. Let’s hear from you over the next few days and then we will post an answer as well.

1. In 1 John 5:16 the Bible talks about sinning a sin that does not lead to death. What sin might that be?

2. How can you store up treasure in heaven if your saved by faith and not works?


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  1. October 20, 2008 1:19 pm

    Luke asked me about this last night. Benny also had a question about this too…

    There seems to be two basic answers:

    The first is that the sin leading to death is one that causes physical death to a believer who refuses to repent or continues in grievous sin (John MacArthur, Warren Wiersbe, others). Examples would be those who take the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner (1Cor. 11:27-32) and the example of Ananias and Sapphira (Acts 5). Rev 2:18-23 also seems to speak to the death of some within a corrupt church. There are many, many examples in the O.T. of Israelites whose lives were forfeited because of unrepentant sin or disobedience. Israel as a nation was defeated in battle, soldiers died, families died, etc because they continued in idolatry.

    The second is that the sin unto death is one that an unbeliever commits when he refuses Christ or as the context of 1John 5 indicates, is an antichrist who does not believe that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

    The question in 1John 5:16 is directed at a “brother” i.e. brother in Christ or believer. Obviously this is a public sin or visible, clear sin that the body of Christ can see in a professed believing brother. The admonition is to pray for that brother and God will forgive them. John continues in verse 16 to explain that the sin leading to death is not to be prayed for.

    In either case the result is death. Physical or eternal. It is a scary verse; very appropriate for October the “Halloween month”


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