Does Sin Have More Power Than The Blood of Christ?
In his book refuting once saved always saved, Dan Corner cites an objection that the eternal security adherents raise about sin which goes like this:
If you can produce a sin that can cause a Christian to lose his salvation, then you have found a sin that has more power than the blood of Jesus Christ, because 1 Jn. 1:7 says the blood of his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
Dan Corner Responds:
Sin spiritually defiles a person, even one who has been washed clean at salvation. This is evident from what Paul told Timothy:
Do not lay hands on anyone hastily, nor share in other people’s sins; keep yourself pure (1 Tim. 5:22).
Also, Jesus told the Christians at Sardis:
You have a few names even in Sardis who have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with Me in white, for they are worthy (Rev. 3:4).
1 Jn. 1:7 has a condition with it that will clarify the proper meaning of this verse! The whole verse reads:
But if we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin.
The condition of walking in the light as he is in the light will make void the attached promise unless that condition is met.
Finally, Jesus himself taught sin would always be an issue in stopping people from entering the kingdom (Mk. 9:42-48). By saying this, he wasn’t downplaying the power of his own blood which would buy our redemption, but was clearly teaching that sin has destructive, ruinous, defiling, spiritual powers that can send people to the fire that never goes out. Nowhere in that passage does Jesus limit the soul-damning power of sin only to those who were never saved. This is much different from the Once Saved Always Saved teachers who try to limit sin’s destructive powers in the life of any person who ever had a moment of true faith in Christ.
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