Does God save and even partner with people in ministry, even when they are in obvious sin?

The question was asked, “Does God save and even partner with people in ministry, even when they are in obvious sin?”

Lets face it – all of us are sinners. Some of us are saved by grace through faith in Christ – which Christ gives us. God works in us to desire and to work according to His pleasure (Phil 2:13).

God used David – even called him a man after his own heart. But there is no question David messed up big time – sinned big time. He was an adulterer, and a murderer. Yet God used him before and after. There were consequences to his sin, though. We forget this.

I think some people who are in obvious sin can be saved, while others might have an experience where merely think they are saved.

Is there obvious change in the person? Do they love God and others? Do they turn from sin to God through faith in Christ? Do they persist in faith? Do they have a conscious?

I’m not saying all our sins will be taken from us when we are saved – I am saying we must turn away from sin, while God will work in us to cleanse us of other sin in our lives after we come to God. Do we practice righteousness? Do we love God? Do we obey God? There are not the things which save us, but which give evidence of saving faith. We can be saved and still sin – no question.

But the other side of that is that there ARE some who believe they are saved who are not.

Matthew 7:23 And then I will declare to them, ‘I never knew you; depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness.’

1 John 2:19 They went out from us, but they were not really of us; for if they had been of us, they would have remained with us; but they went out, so that it would be shown that they all are not of us.

1 John 3:10 By this the children of God and the children of the devil are obvious: anyone who does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor the one who does not love his brother.

1 John 5:2 By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and observe His commandments.

Be careful YOU are not one who does not obey God.


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