Q. I have problems with OSAS, because I believe that if a person chooses to live in deliberate sin, he has to repent of it before he can be raptured. For example, our daughter, who we believe was saved–she’d loved Jesus since age 3-4, was baptized by immersion-at her own request- at 8, wanted to be a missionary, going on 3 short-term mission trips–has become a liberal in every sense, is committed to a long-term lesbian relationship, considering herself married. We love her, of course, but have difficulty in believing she will go with us in the rapture of the church based on our understanding of 1 Cor. 6:9-10, which says in part that homosexuals cannot inherit the kingdom of God. Wouldn’t our daughter need a time of purification– with repentance– before she could inherit the Kingdom?
A. Unless you can show me some Biblical support for your position I’ll assume you’re speaking out of your disappointment in your daughter’s behavior rather than your knowledge of God’s word. I’ve heard lots of people in your situation quote 1 Cor. 6:9-10 to justify their position. But they always stop short of completing Paul’s thought by leaving out verse 11, which says;
“And that is what some of you were. But you were washed, you were sanctified, you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ and by the Spirit of our God.” Notice Paul said, “That’s what some of you were” meaning before they were washed, sanctified and justified, or in other words purified.
Taking all of Paul’s epistles into consideration shows all of our sins (all means each and every, the whole) were forgiven at the cross (Colossians 2:13-14), that our salvation was assured from the time we believed (Ephesians 1:13-14), that God Himself took ownership of us at that time and sent His spirit to dwell in us as a deposit guaranteeing this (2 Cor. 1:21-22), that He sees us as a new creation in Christ (2 Cor 5:17) and no longer attributes our sins to us but to the sin that lives in us (Romans 7:18-20), and that at the rapture we’ll all be changed from corruptible to incorruptible (1 Cor. 15:51-53).
All this should neither be seen as a license to sin nor as an admonition to approve of any and all types of behavior from others. Rather it should be received as a recognition that we’re all sinners of one sort or another, and that our sins have been forgiven and will not prevent us from participating in the rapture.
We are saved because of what we believe, not because of how we behave.