Q. Re: Will Having Sex Keep Me From The Rapture? My Bible says, ” fornicators will not inherit The Kingdom of God” 1 Cor. 6:9. Another litany of sins followed by “those who practice such things shall not inherit The Kingdom of God” is found in Gal.5:19-21 The Bible is very specific on our behavior (actions) that keeps us from The Kingdom of God. Paul calls them ‘the deeds of the flesh’. In 1 Cor. 6:11 Paul goes on to say, “such were some of you; but you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, and in the Spirit of our GOD.” How could a person who practices such as these be in The Kingdom of God?
A. The Pharisees thought because they didn’t commit any sinful acts they were more deserving of Heaven those who did. Jesus went to great lengths to explain that even their righteousness would not qualify them for the Kingdom (Matt. 5:20). He said a careless thought (Matt. 5:22, 28) or word (Matt. 12:36-37) would convict them as surely as a careless deed. And James 2:10 says that even one violation of one commandment makes us guilty of all.
A look at the clearest verses in the New Testament show us that the single requirement for salvation is the belief that Jesus died for our sins and rose again (John 3:16, Romans 10:9-10, 1 Cor. 15:1-4, Ephesians 2:8-9, Titus 3:4-7). It further states that from the moment we believe, God places His seal of ownership on us and puts His Spirit in our hearts as a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance. From that time on we are His and no power in Heaven or on Earth can change that (Ephes 1:13-14, 2 Cor. 1:21-22, Romans 8:38-39)
Romans 3:21-24 says our righteousness is from God and is by faith. 2 Cor. 5:17 says if we’re in Christ we’re a new creation, and 2 Cor. 5:21 says the Lord’s death has made us as righteous as God is. Hebrews 10:12-14 says His one sacrifice has made us perfect forever. None of this comes to us because of what we do but because of what we believe. In short, there is no behavior that can keep a born again believer from the Kingdom of God.
When we read the “litany of sins” in 1 Cor. 6:9-10 and Gal. 5:19-21 and apply God’s standard which makes even a careless thought, word, or deed grounds for conviction, we can see that no one could escape condemnation. But 1 Cor. 6:11 differentiates between the saved and the unsaved. We have been washed (made clean) sanctified (set apart) and justified (rendered innocent). These are one time acts that result in a permanent change in our status, and once that happens God no longer counts our sins against us (Romans 7:18-20). Otherwise all the statements above would be untrue, because we all continue to sin.
Please remember that I advised the questioner to stop having premarital sex because her behavior was grieving the Holy Spirit. But according to the clear word of Scripture, she is not in danger of losing her salvation.