HELL IS REAL, AND ACCORDING TO SCRIPTURE, THERE ARE 23 SINS THAT WILL SEND PEOPLE THERE AND KEEP THEM OUT OF GOD’S KINGDOM. The idea that one can go forward to the altar, say the sinner’s prayer, and then go out and live any way one wants to, and still go to heaven, and not to hell, when they die is NOT scriptural. It is a DECEPTION of the Enemy. The Bible says that “…without holiness, no man shall see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14). Consequently, then, “without holiness, no man [or woman] shall” go to heaven, since in heaven, we will “see the Lord.” Therefore, we must not only ask Jesus to forgive us of our sins, and be our Lord and Savior, but we must live holy, sanctified lives, if we are one day to inherit the Kingdom of God.
WHAT IS A “SIN”?
A “sin” is defined in the Bible as disobeying any of God’s commandments given to Moses during the Exodus, found in the first five books of the Bible. Contrary to what many Christians have been erroneously taught, the New Testament does not contradict the Old Testament, nor does it “do away with it” or annul its teachings, but it builds upon, develops, and further elaborates what God has said in the Old Testament. Doing away with the Old Testament is like yanking out the foundation and framework of a house and still expecting it to stand. It just doesn’t work.
WHAT IS TRUE REPENTANCE?
According to the writings of the Apostle Paul, if anyone practices one or more of the following 23 sins, then they “will not inherit the kingdom of God” (i.e., go to heaven). This is because true repentance is more than telling God we are sorry for our sins. It also involves turning away from our sins, and beginning to walk in obedience to God. If you “repent,” but then continue to practice one or more of these sins, then you have not truly repented, according to Scripture.
WHAT ARE THE 23 SINS?
The 23 sins are found in I Corinthians 6:9-10, Galatians 5:19-20, and Ephesians 5:5. In all three of these passages, Paul writes that those who practice the sins listed in these three passages “will not inherit the kingdom of God,” and in Ephesians 5:5, he writes, that they will not have “any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God.” And it should be noted that these three letters – I Corinthians, Galatians, and Ephesians – are letters written to Christian congregations, not to unsaved masses. Paul is, then, warning these Christians that if they continue to practice these sins they “will not inherit” God’s Kingdom.
So what are these 23 sins? I have divided them up into the following four areas: physical sins (sexual sins, physical addictions), spiritual sins, mental/emotional sins, and social sins. The categories are not divinely inspired, they are just the best way I saw to group these sins together.
At the end of the list in I Corinthians 6, Paul says, “…and the like,” which means that this list of 23 does not include all the sins that will keep you out of the kingdom of God, but they are the ones that Paul specifically listed.
PLEASE HEED THIS WARNING:
It is not my intent here to bring judgment against anyone. Instead, it is my intent to warn anyone involved in these sinful activities that you need to stop what you are doing, and to repent of these sins before it is too late. Merely going to church, paying tithes, and going to church functions will not save you, so that you go to heaven, if you are still involved in doing one or more of the following sins. Please take this warning seriously.
- ADULTERY (“cheating” or “having an affair”). Adultery is defined as having an intimate relationship with someone other than your spouse.
- EFFEMINATE (or CATAMITE). An Effeminate or Catamite is defined as a boy or youth who is in sexual relationship with a man.
- FORNICATION. Fornication is a general term for any form of sex outside of the marriage bond, that includes sex between an unmarried man and a woman (called “hooking up”); adultery (sex with someone other than one’s spouse), beastiality (sex with animals) or incest (sex with one’s family members).
- HOMOSEXUALITY. Homosexuality is defined as sexual relations with someone else of the same sex or gender.
- WHOREMONGERS. Whoremongers is defined as either one who frequently consorts with or has sex with prostitutes (“a John”) or one who sells a prostitute (“a pimp”).
- UNCLEANNESS. Uncleanness is defined as “moral lewdness” or physical impurity, and could include sex with a woman during her menses (Leviticus 18:19; Ezekiel 18:6).
- LASCIVIOUSNESS. Lasciviousness is defined as any uncontrolled indulgences of physical pleasures; this can include any physical addictions (food, sex, drugs, etc.).
- DRUNKENNESS. Drunkenness is defined as being intoxicated with some substance, usually alcohol or drugs.
- FORNICATION. Fornication comes from the Greek word porneia, and it’s the source for the English words “porn” and “pornography.” Porn and pornography are not innocent pictures, but they are a form of sex that begins as mental/emotional images and fantasies that will harm the image and expectation of one sex with another, and if over-indulged, it can make one dependent on it in order to sexually perform.
- IDOLATRY. Idolatry is defined as a servant of, or worshipper of, an image, a false god, or anything other than the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob.
- WITCHCRAFT. Witchcraft is defined as sorcery, witchcraft, or magic (literally or figuratively).
- COVETOUSNESS. Covetousness is defined as desiring something that does not belong to you; dishonest gain, avarice or greed.
- EMULATIONS. Emulations is defined as the stirring up of jealousy, envy, or malice in others, because of what we are, or have, or profess.
- ENVY. Envy is defined as a feeling of discontented or resentful or ill-will longing aroused by someone else’s possession, qualities, or luck.
- HATRED. Hatred is defined as a “heart” sin, and any hateful thought or act of hostility is an act of murder in God’s eyes for which justice will be demanded, possibly not in this life but at the judgment.
- VARIANCE. Variance is defined as the acts of anger that result in quarrels, strife, discord, or contention. Variance often results in division, sects, divorce, and even church splits.
- WRATH. Wrath is defined as an emotional outburst that’s violent and fierce, but short-lived. It occurs stops as suddenly as it flared up.
- EXTORTION. Extortion is defined as the practice of excessively grasping or obtaining something through force or threats, such as money, valuables, or property.
- HERESIES. Heresies is defined as opinions held by individuals or groups that ran divergent from clear biblical teachings that resulted in divisions, schisms, and factions.
- LIARS. Liars is defined as a spurious witness, a bearer of an untrue testimony, a false witness.
- MURDERS. Murders is defined as the criminal, or at least an intentional, act if taking another’s life, i.e., homicide.
- REVELLINGS. Revelling is defined as people going wild without any moral restraint, such as in “wild celebrations or partying,” “rioting,” “orgies,” etc.
- SEDITIONS. Sedition is defined as a forced or superficial commotion caused by a group of people, that rise up in opposition to law or the administration of justice, with the intent of overthrowing that authority, and resulting in disturbing the general peace of the area, land, or country.
- STRIFE. Strife is defined as conflicts, arguments, quarrels, hatred between people.intrigue, faction, contention, contentiousness, strife
- THEFT, Theft is defined as stealing or taking something from someone without their permission.
SALVATION – NOT JUST ABOUT THE SPIRITUAL
God’s salvation is not just about who we are spiritually, but His salvation is for every area of our lives: Physically, mentally/emotionally, spiritually and socially. The problem with Christianity is that it has restricted “salvation” to a “spiritual salvation,” rather than one that entails every area of our lives. Another issue is that it is misleading people into believing that as long as you went down to the altar and said the sinner’s prayer that you are now set to go to heaven, even though you are involved in one or more of these above listed sins. Please be advised, that this is not the case. The Apostle Paul is clear that those who indulge or practice these sins “will not inherit the Kingdom of God.”
The time of Christ’s return and His judgment is quickly approaching. Please repent, ask Him to be your Lord and Savior, and ask Him to help you stop these sins and change your life. He will do it if you ask Him.