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“Where's The Line?”

Categories: CONQUERING SIN, SALVATION
     We all know even Christians are not perfect and have struggles.  We also know that sanctification should be occurring, and a Christian has conduct requirements.  My question is: when does sin become a serious problem in a Christian’s life?  When does a Christian become a lukewarm Christian?  And after receiving Christ in their lives, can Christians backslide or sin enough to lose their salvation?  I know I hate sin and strive my hardest to do the will of God, but there are times I just have a thorn in my flesh or do what I don't want to do.

Sincerely,
Imperfect

Dear Imperfect,

We are warned to not “drift” away from the Lord (Heb 2:1) or “backslide” (Pr 1:32) into old sinful ways.  Once we are baptized, we are told to grow in the Lord and mature in our faith (1 Pet 2:2).  Baptism is the beginning of a new life, but God calls us to be faithful until death (Rev 2:10).  A Christian can know that they are not lukewarm by properly examining their motives and lifestyle (1 Cor 11:28-30).  God constantly forgives faithful and honest people for their sins (1 Jn 1:9), but if we neglect our salvation (Heb 2:3) or stop growing, we have no hope left (Heb 10:26-27).  The struggles you face are completely common… the important thing is to continue to struggle and fight for the faith.