He will never abandon you, they preach, regardless of how you live your life.Yet, Paul warns the congregation of believers: While the Churches preach that if you call upon the name of the Lord that Jesus will never leave you -- regardless of your actions and lifestyle in this life -- Paul warns that if you turn back to the ways of this world, that you should not only .
And these warnings of Paul raise still another important question that the modern Church attempts to totally ignore.Christians preach that they are saved by Grace -- and they are guaranteed salvation from the moment they recite their Jesus-prayer.If we ask the question: Did Paul really mean that the sacrifice on the cross is canceled for those who knowingly sin after calling upon the name of the Lord? How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it?This is confirmed in the words of Paul when he wrote: "What shall we say then? knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts.And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God.
For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. Shall we sin because we are not under law but under grace? Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one's slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness?
Any sin that is committed afterwards is viewed extremely dismally and the implication is given that such an individual will no longer be able to obtain forgiveness.
Various interpretations have been applied to this doctrine of penance for post- baptismal sins.
Because the Christians entered into a covenant with Pagan Rome -- installing the emperor as the head of the Church -- and in a state of absolute arrogance, hunted down and murdered all sincere spiritual Christians and original Ebionite Nazirenes who did not accept the religious doctrines of the emperor -- even editing and corrupting the very words of God spoken to mankind -- the Church has not only been Further witness to the above warning of Paul is found in the early scripture known as the Shepherd of Hermas.
In the introduction to this Gospel in the Anti-Nicene Library it is written that the Shepherd "The Shepherd of Hermas, a strange allegory written sometime in the second century, had a great vogue in orthodox circles and was even included in some copies of the New Testament (it is found in the Sinaitic Codex).
How can Peter warn that the fate of complacent Christians is in fact worse off than those who had never come into contact with the Gospel Message?