I see it all time—christians posting stern warnings about how those who willfully sin are not saved, and they will not go to heaven. My question is this: if true salvation is so powerful, why is it up to you to make sure you receive it or keep it? Man doesn’t have the power to accomplish either.
One of the fallacious claims that many christians will make when their false teachings about salvation are exposed is that “there is no sin in heaven.” Two of the biggest problems they face with their assertion are these: if there is no sin allowed in heaven, then how can Satan be there right now? And, how could any human commit sin in heaven if humans will no longer have their earthly flesh or its nature?
You see, christianity peddles a salvation that is decided by man, and if man is the one who decides to be saved, then man can also be the one who decides not to be saved (at least in the sense that it is man who chooses to commit sins of the flesh—and, if one who has decided to be saved also decides to live according to his flesh, and if sins of the flesh prevent one from entering heaven, then man is the source and power of salvation).
It is this vital point that has been at the forefront of a major split in christianity’s camps—those who believe that salvation can be lost, and those who believe that it is eternal. And, at the heart of the dispute is the fact that neither side actually understands who the bride is, or what the covenant is. Neither side knows how the bride receives salvation, and how the bride’s sealing sets her apart from the rest of the inhabitants of heaven.
The friends of the Bridegroom (OT saints), friends of the bride (tribulation saints), and the wedding guests (millennial saints) are saved by their belief, just as the bride is, but the bride is given the covenant, which is the seal of the Holy Spirit. Nobody else is given the covenant—only the bride.
The only exception to that fact about the Holy Spirit’s seal are the bridesmaids, who are the 144,000 physical Jews who will be sealed by the Holy Spirit during the tribulation (after the bride has been removed from the earth). But, they are not relevant to this particular issue. They are not the bride, but are the bride’s support, and will be pillars in the New Jerusalem, who is the bride.
Those who are saved as members of the bride believed in Messiah Yahoshua, and confessed Him before others (enduring in belief) UNTIL they received the covenant, which is the seal of the Holy Spirit. At the moment they were sealed by the Holy Spirit, they are eternally saved. “Enduring to the end” for them is the point at which their eternity is forever determined—their sealing by the Holy Spirit.
Now, those who are sealed are eternally righteous before the Father. They can never again be in the singular condition of hamartia, which is unbelief—not having the Holy Spirit (1 John 3:9). Their righteousness, sealed by the Holy Spirit, is the guarantee of eternal life (1 John 5:10-13). There is not a single sin of the flesh that someone who is sealed by the Holy Spirit can commit that will EVER send him to hell.
That’s why Paul said that all things were lawful for him because of the liberty given by the Holy Spirit—those who are sealed by the Holy Spirit are free to live however they choose to live, for there is nothing they can do that can ever make them unrighteous (for righteousness is not earned, and does not come from man, but from Elohim (God) alone).
But, how those who have been made righteous choose to live (according to the spirit, or according to the flesh) will determine their eternal reward.
When Paul wrote 1 Corinthians 6:9-10, he was very precise. He said that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of Yah (God). Period. But then, he went on to say TO THE BRIDE (those who are made eternally righteous by the seal of the Holy Spirit), NEITHER WILL fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor homosexuals, nor thieves, nor the covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor swindlers, inherit the kingdom of Yah (God).
That “neither” there is so eternally important, and yet, it is ignored by most christians, because they really don’t know who the bride is, or how the bride is saved. Let’s examine exactly what Paul said there.
First, he states, as a matter of fact, that no unbelievers (the unrighteous—those who do not have the Holy Spirit) will inherit the kingdom of Yah. That’s a given, for they will not even inherit the kingdom of heaven. They will be cast into the lake of fire with Satan and his demons (Revelation 20:13-15, 21:8). Okay, so no unbelievers will inherit the New Jerusalem because they will not even be in the new heaven at all.
Then, Paul speaks of those who are not unbelievers, but who are believers—they are righteous, as they have the Holy Spirit. And, of all the believers who will be in eternity (the bride, friends of the Bridegroom, friends of the bride, and wedding guests), there is only one group who will have access into the New Jerusalem—the bride. And, that is because the New Jerusalem IS the bride (in union with the Bridegroom).
So, Paul is speaking specifically of the bride when he says that NEITHER will those members of the bride who choose to live according to their flesh (they do not strive to deny their flesh or its myriad sins) have access into the kingdom of Yah, which is the New Jerusalem. No, they will remain OUTSIDE the gates of the New Jerusalem, which lead into the sanctuary, wherein the glory of the Father will reside (Revelation 22:15).
Put another way, Paul is essentially saying, “Look, we all know that unbelievers will not have access into the New Jerusalem, because they will be in the lake of fire; but, DO NOT BE DECEIVED—neither will you members of the bride who live according to the sinful desires of your flesh (the flesh nature will be with all believers until they receive their glorified bodies).
Paul did NOT state that those who have the seal of the Holy Spirit will not go to heaven, but that they will not be allowed into the kingdom of Yah, the sanctuary, which is the New Jerusalem. They will be outside the gates of the New Jerusalem (Revelation 22:14-15), which means they will dwell upon the new earth with all the other inhabitants of heaven (the other members of the wedding party and the wedding guests).
So, no, there are no sins of the flesh, which, if not repented of, will result in a person who is saved going to hell, or losing his salvation. Those who preach such unmitigated rubbish are peddling a counterfeit of salvation from another gospel!
But, again, in the end, both camps of christianity’s counterfeit salvation have it wrong, for christianity falsely teaches that salvation comes by man’s decision, and that the moment a person makes a decision to believe (repents of unbelief), the Holy Spirit immediately saves him. Such false teaching ignores the true path TO salvation taught both in the scriptures and in the Father’s traditions.
Man’s belief is NOT salvation, but the first step on the path to it. Man is to believe and CONFESS MESSIAH BEFORE MEN (which is to endure in belief). It is the Father who gives salvation to those who believe, and He is the one who determines when that salvation is given. It is the trying (testing) of one’s belief that, when he endures, results in his receiving salvation (James 1:3-4, Hebrews 10:39).
If one is saved between the giving of the covenant on the Feast of Weeks (Acts 2) and the removal of the bride from the earth on the Feast of Trumpets (1 Corinthians 15:52, 1 Thessalonians 4:16-17), he is a member of Messiah’s bride, and is eternally sealed by the Holy Spirit. There is NOTHING that can take that person’s salvation away. Those who are sealed by the Holy Spirit are forever saved. Period.
BUT, only those who have received the direct, literal, personal, confirmation of the Holy Spirit are actually saved (Romans 8:16). Christianity gets that fact COMPLETELY WRONG. Man cannot declare himself to be saved; only the Holy Spirit can give such a confirmation (1 Corinthians 1:6-8).
For more information: Do Sinners Go to Heaven?