What do you mean
by Herbert W. Armstrong
Can a Christian commit a SIN, AND STILL BE A CHRISTIAN? Or would
this be “the unpardonable sin”? Or would it prove he never was a Christian? Thousands worry, because they do not UNDERSTAND what IS the sin that shall never be forgiven.
NOT SO LONG AGO, a professing Christian a prominent churchman, of what denomination I never knew was murdered for allegedly committing adultery. Many said, “That man was no Christian! No real Christian could ever commit adultery.”
I never knew the man. I merely read of it in the newspapers. It is not for me to judge whether he had ever been really a Christian or, for that matter, whether he was guilty of the alleged adultery.
But, as a hypothetical case, what if a professing Christian did commit adultery? Would that prove he never was a Christian? Or, suppose he had been a genuinely converted man, utterly sincere in his Christian life, and that he did commit the adultery. Could he still be a really converted Christian after committing the adultery? or was the adultery, under those circumstances, “the unpardonable sin”? Would God forgive, on repentance?
THAT question I can answer!