|Ezekiel 18:30-32 |
30 Therefore I will judge you, O house of Israel, everyone according to his ways," says the Lord GOD. "Repent! And turn from all your transgressions, so iniquity will not be your ruin.
31 Cast away from you all your transgressions, by which you have transgressed; and get a new heart, a new mind, and a new spirit. For why will you die1, O house of Israel?
32 For I have no pleasure in the death of him who dies," says the Lord GOD. "Therefore turn [from your evil ways] and live!"
1 The Old Testament and New Testament agree. You must repent of your sins and transgressions or die. Those who seek God and follow his commands to repent will receive a new heart, new mind, and new Spirit.
Everyone talks about how Jesus is so forgiving; true, but after forgiveness Jesus says, sin no more!
To the adulteress: I do not condemn you either. Go on your way and sin no more. John 8:11
To one healed: Behold, you are made whole: sin no more least a worse thing come unto you. John 5:14
The worse thing to come unto you is called Hell.
Christendom doesn't have a clue how to be freed from sin, and pretends it is impossible.
But Jesus said: Sin no more! Repent or perish! [to lose you soul].
Jesus said, If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out. And if your foot causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life crippled than to have two feet and be thrown into hell. And if your eye causes you to sin, pluck it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than to have two eyes and be thrown into hell. Mark 9:43,45,47-48.
He doesn't want us to maim ourselves. He is only illustrating how serious continuing to sin is.
Jesus is desperately trying to tell us that to enter the Kingdom and escape hell, sin has to go.
He knew false ministers with false gospels promising freedom to continue to sin would arise after he left.
Changes in our heart through the missing cross to purity can take away the desire of the hand, foot, and eye to cause us to sin.
He gives us a new heart, new mind, and new Spirit.
Sinners can't live in heaven, or heaven would be Hell. Only former sinners go to heaven. Until all sin is removed from you heart, until you are purified; you cannot be in the company of God — for what fellowship does righteousness have with unrighteousness? and what communion does light have with darkness? 2 Cor 6:14. No one wants children, who lie, or steal, or envy, or get angry, or constantly want something more, or are drunken, or are violent, or wrongfully use others, or cheat — or are disobedient to one's commands. Corruption does not inherit incorruption.