My question is in regards to sinning in relation to salvation. Let's say I believe that Jesus is the Son of God, my Lord and Savior who died on the cross for my sins. I also believe that there is no amount of good deeds I can do to enter into Heaven without believing in Jesus' saving grace. What if I live the rest of my life indulging in all of life's pleasure's while I'm ready to be sorry when the time of my death comes. And let's just say death comes unexpectedly. Would I be saved?
No. Your lifestyle reveals the true nature of your heart--it is unsaved. You may believe in Jesus, but you have never repented of your sins, nor have you submitted to the Lordship of Christ. Jesus said, "Repent and believe the good news!" [Mark 1:15]; "Unless you repent, you too will all perish." [Luke 13:3]. The Word of God says, "If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved." [Romans 10:9].
You see once you are truly saved, the old self, and the old desires die (are crucified with Christ). So you become a new person. You will still sin, but not as much as before. And when you do sin you will hate it and confess it. If you try to continue in the "ways of the world" then God, if He is truly your Father will and must discipline you (painful), and if you are truly saved and refuse to listen to your Father, then He will likely take you home early. However, most Christians are quick to learn that sin is destructive and besides that they don't want to offend their Loving Father.
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