There are different types of sins that cause different consequences in our lives. Some sins are so severe that they can quickly harden the heart and cause unbelief which leads to eternal death.
“If anyone sees his brother committing a sin not leading to death, he shall ask and God will for him give life to those who commit sin not leading to death. There is a sin leading to death; I do not say that he should make request for this. All unrighteousness is sin, and there is a sin not leading to death…” 1 John 5:16-17
God in His love warns us about sin and encourages us not to sin:
“For it seemed good to the Holy Spirit and to us to lay no greater burden on you than these few requirements: You must abstain from eating food offered to idols, from consuming blood or the meat of strangled animals, and from sexual immorality….” Acts 15:28-29
“Run from sexual sin! No other sin so clearly affects the body as this one does. For sexual immorality is a sin against your own body.” 1 Corinthians 6:18
Are their consequences when we sin? Does God still judge the believer or unbeliever for sin
“…When the day arrived, Herod put on his royal robes, sat on his throne, and made a speech to them. The people gave him a great ovation, shouting, “It’s the voice of a god, not of a man!” Instantly, an angel of the Lord struck Herod with a sickness, because he accepted the people’s worship instead of giving the glory to God. So he was consumed with worms and died.” Acts 12:21-23
2Ananias & Sapphira
“But there was a certain man named Ananias who, with his wife, Sapphira, sold some property. He brought part of the money to the apostles, claiming it was the full amount. With his wife’s consent, he kept the rest. Then Peter said, “Ananias, why have you let Satan fill your heart? You lied to the Holy Spirit, and you kept some of the money for yourself. The property was yours to sell or not sell, as you wished. And after selling it, the money was also yours to give away. How could you do a thing like this? You weren’t lying to us but to God!” As soon as Ananias heard these words, he fell to the floor and died. Everyone who heard about it was terrified. Then some young men got up, wrapped him in a sheet, and took him out and buried him.” Acts 5:1-6
“But Elymas, the sorcerer (as his name means in Greek), interfered and urged the governor to pay no attention to what Barnabas and Saul said. He was trying to keep the governor from believing. Saul, also known as Paul, was filled with the Holy Spirit, and he looked the sorcerer in the eye. Then he said, “You son of the devil, full of every sort of deceit and fraud, and enemy of all that is good! Will you never stop perverting the true ways of the Lord? Watch now, for the Lord has laid his hand of punishment upon you, and you will be struck blind. You will not see the sunlight for some time.” Instantly mist and darkness came over the man’s eyes, and he began groping around begging for someone to take his hand and lead him.” Acts 13:8-10
“Yet when we are judged by the Lord, we are being disciplined so that we will not be condemned along with the world.” 1 Corinthians 11:32
As we see, God doesn’t judge his children to destroy them but rather to correct them and prevent them from being condemned with the world.
Many have tried to make the case that Ananias and Sapphire were not Christians, however the fact of God’s judgement in the Church is clear. To assume that Ananias and His wife are not in Heaven is nothing more than an assumption. What is clear that they were judged by God and suffered death.
Sin is not a small matter, it is Satan’s works. We must confess (own up to) and repent of (turn away from) our sins and receive God’s forgiveness. Sin left unchecked in your life can cause your heart to become hardened to the point where you walk in unbelief.
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