Some people proclaim that they are Christians, that “my faith is very important to me,” and talk openly about Jesus, but they say these things while they are living in overt, unrepentant sexual sin. Hopefully, that’s not you. But if it is, then you probably aren’t saved, and, unless you repent, you will be lost forever. The idea that someone is probably not saved if they are living in overt, unrepentant sexual sin — is one that will baffle and/or upset many people. But the Bible is clear about this. Consider Ephesians 5:3, 5–6: “But sexual immorality and all impurity or covetousness must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints….For you may be sure of this, that everyone who is sexually immoral or impure, or who is covetous (that is, an idolater), has no inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience.” But I’ve Prayed “the Sinner’s Prayer”! Some will protest that they believe in Jesus and that they have prayed the sinner’s prayer, so that means they are saved. No, it does not. Without repentance, those are what Paul called, “empty words.” The sinner’s prayer never saved anyone, and faith that doesn’t result in a change of behavior isn’t a saving faith.
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