There is a big misconception out there today where many false churches are teaching people that they can get “saved” and keep living the same wicked life they were living before. Churches will be “non-judgmental” on everything except for people who speak of the wickedness of certain sins and lifestyles. There are false leaders and pastors in the churches that give a non-convicting message and falsely assure people they are saved in their sins and God loves them no matter what they are doing. This false sense of security that is given to people is nothing new, as the Bible says there is nothing new under the sun.
“The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.” Ecclesiastes 1:9
Back in the days of Jeremiah the prophet the people were so wicked and even back then were falling for a false message that they are okay in their abominations. The people were trusting in lies like many lukewarm Christians do today and had a false sense of security with God:
“8 Behold, ye trust in lying words, that cannot profit. 9 Will ye steal, murder, and commit adultery, and swear falsely, and burn incense unto Baal, and walk after other gods whom ye know not; 10 And come and stand before me in this house, which is called by my name, and say, We are delivered to do all these abominations? 11 Is this house, which is called by my name, become a den of robbers in your eyes? Behold, even I have seen it, saith the Lord. 12 But go ye now unto my place which was in Shiloh, where I set my name at the first, and see what I did to it for the wickedness of my people Israel.” Jeremiah 7:8-12
These verses in Jeremiah are about 2,600 years old but are true for what modern Christianity looks like today. Many pastors are preaching “once saved always saved” leading someone to believe they basically can stop and say a prayer and become eternally saved, then go home and beat his wife and then commit adultery with the neighbor’s wife and get married to her after leaving his own wife and then go out and smoke crack and keep repeating this cycle of wickedness and finally end up dying on his way home from a secret trip to a gay bar while driving drunk and wiping out a family of 5 in a car wreck and then end up hearing “well done my good and faithful servant” from Jesus in Heaven. This is an extreme example but this is also an extreme false teaching of “once saved always saved”. God is clear that He did not spare judgment on Israel back in the days of Jeremiah and will not spare it on anyone today whether they claim to be saved or not:
“20 Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear: 21 For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee. 22 Behold therefore the goodness and severity of God: on them which fell, severity; but toward thee, goodness, if thou continue in his goodness: otherwise thou also shalt be cut off.” Romans 11:20-22
The Bible is clear that if we do not continue in the goodness of God then we will be cut off. If we are truly saved and born again we will get a new heart towards sin and hate it and do everything we can with the help of the Holy Ghost to avoid it. There are many people that claim to know Jesus because they were lied to by a watered-down lukewarm message that they embraced because it had no mention of repenting of sin. These people are like the Israelites that claimed to be delivered and therefore safe to live any way they wanted to and still be right with God. There is no such thing as being delivered by Jesus and not being changed by Jesus. There is no such thing as a Christian drunk, homosexual, fornicator etc.
“Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new” 2 Corinthians 5:17