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1 John 5:16

Whom does John the apostle refer to when he speaks of one who commits a sin not leading to death (sins not unto death) and one who commits a sin leading to death (sins unto death)? Is the sin leading to death related to blasphemy against the Holy Spirit, to causing the physical or spiritual death of someone else, to suicide, or to something else altogether?

Posted By:  Posted on 6/14/2015 2:31:11 PM Replies (2)

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  1. On 7/12/2015 2:12:25 PM Sue Kearn Said:

    More questions for clarification, if I may. Is John stating that we should not pray at all for a brother who continues to sin, or just not pray that his sin be forgiven? I know, it would be pretty presumptuous to ask God to forgive someone who insists on disobeying Him. Could we pray that the brother would be led to repentance?

    If John is saying we are to stop praying altogether for a brother who has sinned (for instance, if he is ill), how would we define "brother"? Most congregations have deviated in some point from the gospel delivered to us by the apostles of Christ. Does "brother" refer to someone only in our particular congregation, or does it refer to anyone who calls themself a Christian?

     
  2. On 6/15/2015 11:13:13 AM Pathway Said:

    This is a sin by a "brother," that is, a child of God. We are told in 1 John 1:9 that if "we" (children of God) confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Also, no sin is forgiven without repentance, Luke 13:3. Therefore, the sin that the Lord will not forgive is any sin that a brother will not repent of and confess.

     

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