In Paul’s view: Will Habitual Sin Affect the Believer’s Eternal Salvation?

Does Habitual Sins Affects the Believes Eternal Salvation? Or Just Temporal Punishments

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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?


  • Reply April 19, 2023


    yes it does Kyle Williams John Mushenhouse Duane L Burgess Link Hudson Christ died for all is true but all Calvinists believe in limited atonement is plain wrong

    • Reply April 19, 2023


      Troy Day As Jesus taught Nicodemus, we have no part in our physical or spiritual birth: we must be “born from above.” God is sovereign in salvation and His purpose is to redeem and to present each one in glory without spot or wrinkle.

      All past, present and future sins are forgiven at the moment of salvation. Believers still stray but God brings correction, not condemnation.

      Christ died to satisfy God with regard to sin so that, rather than condemn all, He may justly give everlasting life.
      God gives eternal life not to all, but only to those upon whom He will have mercy.

      Calvinism – divine sovereign grace – is humbling and God exalting.

      God’s love for humanity has no value to those who die in their sin. Christ died to accomplish salvation in those whom God chose in eternity past.

      Those who criticize divine sovereign grace do not understand the doctrines of God, man, sin and salvation.

    • Reply April 19, 2023


      Duane L Burgess God’s love for humanity has no value to those who die in their sin. Link Hudson may comment further HOW would they die in their sin if God’s love is applied. This makes NO sense logically ?

  • Reply April 20, 2023


    A couple of things to note: 1. “The Kingdom of God” could be a reference to the afterlife, or it may be a reference to the here and now. When the bible says, “Drunkards will not inherit the kingdom of heaven,” I believe this to be a reference to the here and now, because to suggest otherwise would remove the phrase, “Jesus’s blood covers a multitude of sins…he removes our sins as far as the East is from the west. To suggest our habitual sins will not allow us into heaven is to suggest Jesus’s blood was not enough. I think this is a reference to “kingdom of heaven” here and now. A drunk, for example, will not be able to forgive, until they sober up. One of the keys in the kingdom of heaven is forgiveness.

    2. Paul also says, “Everything is permissible, but not everything is beneficial. It is not beneficial to get drunk, but this won’t stop a person from getting to heaven.

    3. Lastly, if you think you can stop sinning, try it, I dare you. It’s impossible to stop sinning, so we are all habitual sinners to some degree. When we sin, we harm others, and we harm ourselves, so it’s in our best interest to stop sinning.

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