In the recent debate on ABC’s Nightline, one of Brian Sapient’s objections was this: Christians seem to be able to do whatever kind of evil they want, ask for forgiveness, and know that God will forgive them. Sapient isn’t the first one to find injustice in this misconception; it even has a name: antinomianism.
But is someone who claims to be a Christian but doesn’t have the lifestyle to match truly a Christian? The Bible has a great deal to say about this.
First, God hates sin. The Bible compares those who practice sin to:
- Prostitutes (Ezekiel 16:25)
- Open graves (Romans 3:13)
- Filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6)
- A dog returning to his vomit (2 Peter 2:22)
- A pig wallowing in the mire (2 Peter 2:22)
And, 1 John 3:8–9 says, “He who does what is sinful is of the devil… No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.”
Jesus said, “Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me.”
If someone claims to believe that Jesus was brutally tortured so that his or her sins would be forgiven, yet is disobedient to Jesus’ commands, he or she can hardly claim to love Him.