I want to understand what Paul believed about habitual sin (Biblical theology) according to 2 Thessalonians 3 about habitual sin, considering where Paul touches on the matter elsewhere in his first letter to Corinth.
2 Thessalonians 3:6 (NASB)
Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that you keep away from every brother who leads an unruly life and not according to the tradition which you received from us.
2 Thessalonians 3:14-15 (NASB)
14If anyone does not obey our instruction in this letter, take special note of that person and do not associate with him, so that he will be put to shame. 15Yet do not regard him as an enemy, but admonish him as a brother.
And, consider what he wrote to Corinth…
1 Corinthians 5:11 (NASB)
But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler—not even to eat with such a one.
What is Paul’s view on the eternal consequence of habitual sin for a Believer?
- Does the Believer merely receive temporal punishment, but will yet be admitted into the kingdom?
- Or is Paul saying that the Believer will lose his admission into the kingdom by persistence in habitual sin?