Christians and Killing Sin Unto Death : Several Pathways

I was raised in a denomination that routinely teaches Once Saved , Always Saved ( OSAS ) .  I believed it for many years .  And then I almost went to hell .  How can we summarize the several ways that a Christian really could  destroy their own salvation process by sin unto death if unwise or deceived ?  Our entire being is not completely saved until we stand before Him !  God cannot give His grace in any circumstance that would require Him to become a liar to do so !

Avoiding Sin Unto Death
Turn Neither Left Nor Right


We were saved in our spirits . We are being saved in our souls . We shall be saved in our bodies . We shall be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is !  ( 1 John 3:2 )  Once a Saint realizes that OSAS rationales all fail the hamartiology  ( Study of Sin )  test ,  how can we simplify killing sin unto death ? The wages of sin are death , and the Saint who profanes The Blood from the heart loses access to that Blood . The seal of the Spirit cannot function in an individual who is no longer eligible for The Blood .  I will refer the reader to other posts on this blog for details .  Clarity in hamartiology  ( sin typology )  is best realized in properly balancing 1 John 5:16

16 If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask, and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. There is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.

  1. This brother MUST be in Christ ; A Christian due to 2 Cor 6:14 – 16 and 1 John 1:5 . A child of light !  Indwelt by the Spirit of God !
  2. The life given for sin NOT unto death must be eternal , as this brother is not being raised from the dead . Even so, REPENTANCE is necessary !  This passage addresses life all the way through eternity !  That’s the point of Christianity … to be IN CHRIST forever !
  3. The sin unto death must also be viewed throughout eternity , as the Bible is consistent , not random and chaotic !  This is the second death in the lake of fire !  Irredeemability !  This would not be merely physical death , else why discourage one from praying after they are beyond mortal flesh ?  Their destination is decided by then !  Neither would any be discouraged from praying for physical health in this life ! See James 5: 14 – 16 !
  4. Again , this brother MUST be a Christian , as the Apostle John would in no way discourage the lost from praying to God to get honest about their sin !  Or else , the Great Commission would be confused and seemingly nullified under some circumstances .  Jesus said to preach the gospel to EVERY creature !  ( Mark 16:15 , compare to Col 1:23 )
  5. Critically , we must note what the Bible does NOT say . This passage does NOT say that God EVER gives a Saint LIFE for sin unto DEATH !
  6. Thus, lack of encouragement for a former Saint to pray about killing sin unto death reflects the loss of salvation .  This former brother –  now irredeemable as satan himself –  has committed killing sin that creates an impasse with God , who has no way to cleanse sin that profanes The Blood . Christ will not be crucified the second time ! ( Heb 6:4-8 )  God can only judge this !  See Heb 10: 26 – 31 and 2 Pet 2: 20 – 22 . Peter reveals there is  NO way to escape the pollutions of the world but that one was once washed by the received Blood of Christ !
  7.  The Greek words for sin  ( Hamartia )  and death   ( Thanatos ) are the same in 1 John 5:16 as in  James 1: 14 – 16  . Check Mounce Reverse Interlinear N.T. on Bible Gateway Dot Com .

Hamartiology at its Worst : Finding Out the Hard Way

Heaven with Jesus or Hell with satan
Choose Life , Therefore !


Salvation can be destroyed by a Saint as follows :

Rejecting Christ from the heart to give one’s heart back to sin and iniquity ; a hard departure into carnality .  2 Pet 2:20 – 22

Rejecting Christ from the heart due to a spirit of offense . Heb 10: 26 – 31 and Matt 11: 6

Rejecting Christ from the heart by means of a fundamental death of faith ; unbelief , as in shipwreck of faith .  1 Tim 1:19

Any avenue that a Saint chooses to reject Christ from the heart  ALWAYS results in the same thing . Turning away from Christ like that is by default to turn preferentially once again to the ways, person, and life of self ; a SINNER !  This makes Christ less preferable and LOWER than a sinner , presumptuous sin reproaching the Lord !  ( Num 15:30 )  We must never forget that part of Christ is His Blood !  And thus , the one who rejects Him for self makes the Blood of Christ LOWER than the blood of a sinner !  A LIE that God MUST judge  !  This PROFANES  The Blood as in Heb 10: 26 – 31 !

The Saint who is deceived by OSAS into thinking that He cannot lose salvation , yet sins like this from the heart ,  is sinning presumptuously  , in which case his presumption  becomes COUNTERFEIT FAITH !

Other means by which a Saint can destroy his salvation :

Willfully unrepentant, deliberately DEFIANT unforgiveness carried beyond mortal flesh .  This also puts Christ below the level of a sinner as in Heb 10: 26 – 31 , which alludes to the continuum  of defiance such that beyond some point one profanes   ( Greek : Koine ) The Blood .

Direct blasphemy of the Holy Spirit ( Matt 12 : 31 – 32 ) .  This sin makes The Blood of Christ pointless , for what does The Blood buy for the Saint ?

In Conclusion:

An informed life of abiding, reverential repentance and holiness unto God by the enabling of the Spirit while rejecting sin unto death is the best plan !   That’s the path neither to the left , nor to the right !  The exact ideal sheep typology  portrayed in John 10: 27 – 30  in the spirit of Deut 5:29  and John 5:14 !  Yes , there are types  of sheep ; contrast Bereans with Thessalonicans ;  Laodiceans with Philadelphians !

Hanging on to Christ
Hold Fast to Christ

If we err , never commit more than sin NOT unto death ; Or unwillful sin as in Rom 7: 20 !  For sin unto death forces God to demonstrate that He can’t deny Himself ; He is NOT lower than a sinner ! He cannot adopt a lie . He is not being mean ; He is being God .  He cannot be less than Holy ; He cannot be less than True !

Maranatha !