Summary: Take a look at 53 sins that you must not willfully continue in if you become a believer
Repentance is a must for a believer. Repentance is a complete change of the way you view sin. Instead of wanting to become materially rich your focus becomes doing the will of God. Repentance of sin is absolutely necessary for salvation.
Acts 2:38 – “Then Peter said to them, “Repent, and let everyone of you be baptized in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins; and you shall receive the gift of the Holy Spirit.”
Repentance is necessary for the remission of sins and to receive the gift of the Holy Spirit. The Bible speaks of many sins that must be repented of. We are going to quote the Scriptures that contain these sins and then look at each one individually.
Romans 1:28-32 – And even as they did not like to retain God in their knowledge, God gave them over to a debased mind, to do those things which are not fitting; being filled with all unrighteousness, sexual immorality, wickedness, covetousness, maliciousness; full of envy, murder, strife, deceit, evil-mindedness; they are whisperers, backbiters, haters of God, violent, proud, boasters, inventors of evil things, disobedient to parents, undiscerning, untrustworthy, unloving, unforgiving, unmerciful; who knowing the righteous judgment of God, that those who practice such things are deserving of death, not only the same but also approve of those practicing them.
Galatians 5:19-21 – Now the works of the flesh are evident which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, out bursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissentions, heresies, envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the Kingdom of God.
Colossians 3:5-10 – Therefore put to death your members which are on the earth; fornication, uncleanness, passion, evil desire, and covetousness; which is idolatry. Because of these things the wrath of God is coming upon the sons of disobedience, in which you yourselves once walked when you lived in them. But now you yourselves are to put off all these: anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth. Do not lie to one another, since you have put off the old man with his deeds, and have put on the new man who is renewed in knowledge according to the image of Him who created him.
1 Corinthians 6:9-10 - Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the Kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the Kingdom of God.
Ephesians 4:31 – Let all bitterness, wrath, anger, clamor, and evil speaking be put away from you with all malice.
2 Timothy 3:1-5 - For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
Revelation 21:8 – But the cowardly, unbelieving, abominable, murderers, sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone, which is the second death.
I know that in the last issue of Desert Cry we looked at some of this. Since this issue of this magazine is based on salvation, we are attempting to cover all the sins that will send a person to hell.
Abominable – This is referring to those who do evil. The Bible says that men who dress like women and women who dress like men are performing an abomination to the Lord. Those who do things like vandalize, intentionally hurt other people, worship other gods, etc. are all committing abominations to the Lord.
Adultery – Those who continue in adultery will not inherit the Kingdom of God. Adultery is where a married person has a sexual relationship with someone besides the one he/she is married to. Jesus said that even to lust after a woman is the same as adultery because it is a sin in their heart. If you are involved in adultery whether it be doing the act or just lusting you need to repent of it. Pray for God to give you power over your lust. Looking at pornography is a form of adultery. If you struggle with lust avoid places where it is easy to lust such as beaches, bars, and so on. If you divorce your partner for reasons other than your spouse committing adultery on you and you marry someone else, you are in perpetual adultery. If you married someone who has already been married and divorced and the other person didn’t divorce because of their spouse committing adultery you are also committing adultery. Because of difficult wording let me try to give an example: A man named Johnny marries Sue. Sue was once married to Scott. Sue divorced Scott yet Scott never committed adultery on Sue. Both Johnny and Sue are now in perpetual adultery. Now, if Johnny wasn’t a Christian all along and neither was Sue and then both began new lives as Christians then I believe they are new creatures in Jesus and their sins are wiped away. If Johnny and Sue were Christians in the first place they would need to repent and seek after the wisdom of the Lord with all their hearts. But Christians who divorce and remarry for the wrong reasons while all along being Christians are in perpetual adultery since they should have known better in the first place.