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Pastors vs. Elders & Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the Very End of Their Life and Still Go to Heaven?

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Does God use the terms for pastors and elders synonymously in Scripture?

Can a true believer live in sin to the very end of their life and still go to Heaven?

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Does God Use the terms for Pastors and Elders Synonymously in Scripture?

Yes, because God does so, in His Word when explaining the church, in two places:

1 Peter 5:1-2 (NKJV) The elders [presbuteroi]  who are among you I exhort, I who am a fellow elder and a witness of the sufferings of Christ, and also a partaker of the glory that will be revealed: 2 Shepherd [poimen] the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers [episcopoi], not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly;

Acts 20:17, 28 (NKJV) From Miletus he sent to Ephesus and called for the elders [presbuteroi] of the church. 28 Therefore take heed to yourselves and to all the flock, among which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers [episcopoi], to shepherd [poimen] the church of God which He purchased with His own blood.

 

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and Still go to Heaven?

 

No, God stops true believers from a life of sin.

 

 

 

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and still go to Heaven?

First, whom does God say won’t go to Heaven? Rev. 21:8; Eph.5:1-7; Gal. 5:16-26; 1 Cor. 6:9-10; Rom. 1:28-32.

Second, in the church, what was the context of 2 Cor. 13:5’s examine yourself whether you are saved? The sins of 2 Cor. 12:20-21.

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and still go to Heaven?

Third, always remember that if they are a believer, God will chasten them or else.

If they remain un-chastened, they prove that they are illegitimate and never born-again children of God (Hebrews 12:3-24).

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and still go to Heaven?

Fourth, as a deterrent, other believers are not to treat sinning believers as if everything is okay. Note these passages:

  • In Mt. 18:17, the church is to treat unrepentant believers like they are heathen & tax collector (which means unwelcomed into the communion & worship services). Church History.
  • 16:17 if living contrary to doctrine avoid them
  • 1 Cor. 5:5-11 deliver to Satan, purge out leaven; don’t company with sinning believers, not even eat.
  • 2 Th. 3:14-15 admonish as a brother and then avoid

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and still go to Heaven?

Fifth, believers who are chastened, and yet remain in unrepentant of their sins are weakened, sickened, and ultimately chastened to death. Note this in:

  • I Cor. 11:29-31 defines three stages: weak, sick, dead;
  • James 5:19-20 where it saves from death;
  • 1 John 5:16-17 defines some sins as unto death;
  • Rev 2:21-23 says chastening is a warning to the church, and has the same three stages.

Can a True Believer Live in Sin to the very End of Their Life, and still go to Heaven?

Finally, who is a true believer?

  • Jesus said salvation is neither a prayer (Lord, Lord); nor a decision (did many things); it’s a changed life of repentance (doeth) in Mat. 7:21-23.
  • Luke 6:46 explains Mt. 7:21-23, by defining what “Lord, Lord” should mean: salvation means doing what the Lord says, not just saying, praying, or repeating those words.
  • Note how Paul preached the Gospel to Gentiles (that means us in the church):

Luke 24:47 & Acts 26:18-20

 
 
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