A License To Sin?

Q. I have been reading your website for several weeks now and have enjoyed it very much. You have helped my bible study tremendously. Thank you!
I must tell you though, that I was bothered by your response to the woman who wrote you about her daughter considering abortion. The first part of your response was good, but it seems to me that we should never encourage anyone to deliberately sin, even if there is forgiveness for it. If a sin is a sin is a sin, then by your standard if a Christian were to willingly commit a sin, regardless of what it is, they need only ask for forgiveness before they do it. It almost sounds as if you have condoned the false notion that many say, that we have ‘license to sin’.

A. By no means was I encouraging her to sin.  What I did was correct her invalid assumption that God would not forgive her if she has an abortion.  The only sin God can’t forgive is the sin of rejecting the pardon He purchased for us. The fact is that Jesus knew every sin of our life, and carried them all to the cross where He died for them.  At that point our forgiveness was assured. (Colossians 2:13-15)  All we have to do is ask to receive it. (Matt. 7:7-8)  Writing to believers, John said that if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just and will forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. (1 John 1:9)  I’m sure you wouldn’t want me to withhold this vital information from a woman, who for whatever reason, may soon have to choose between ending her life or her child’s.

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