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Q: I was wondering if there is any sin that cannot be forgiven.

I was not a Christian when I committed some terrible sins, and must admit I still worry that on judgment day, I won’t be forgiven.

Also, when we face God on judgment day, what will it be like? If He says He wasn’t pleased with our sins or terrible acts, do we still get into Heaven? I would really like to know what your thoughts are on this.


Asked by: Darlene

A: Darlene, I have some very good news for you. You know the very fact that you are a Christian means that your sins are forgiven.

In fact, I preached a message years ago entitled, “What God Does with Forgiven Sin,” and one of the points I made is that the Bible says, “He casts them into the depths of the sea and He remembers them no more.” And I’d like to suggest that He then asks us to put up a sign saying, “I’ve cast your sins into the sea, no fishing.” So the past is past, God has forgiven you.

The bottom line is that there is no sin that’s unforgivable. The only unforgivable sin is the sin of unbelief that refuses to repent. Obviously, you’re not in that category since clearly you are a child of God.

Now as to the second part of your question, even as Christians we will be at the judgment seat of Jesus Christ and our lives will be reviewed starting at the time we were saved. It’s not before our conversion, but what we did to serve the Lord after He saved us. And at that time, our lives will be under review and we will be accountable to God.

Does that mean that we will see our sins that we have committed since we were Christians? No, we will not see our sins, but our lives will be evaluated. And if sin enters into the evaluation we will see our sins as forgiven, as put away.

The bottom line is: having received the free gift of salvation—having been forgiven our past—we are now to live for God. Our deeds will be evaluated to see whether or not they are true or worthless. On the one hand, all your sins are forgiven; on the other hand, we do have to wrestle with the texts that tell us that we shall give an account to God with what we did since we became believers.

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