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Does “sin unto death” mean that I may go to Hell even though I’m saved?

The “sin unto death” spoken of in 1 Jn. 5:16 has to do with a Christian. Note, the offender is called a “brother.” This settles the notion of whether the “sin unto death” sends a person to hell. Born again folks don’t go to hell, but they can be taken to heaven “ahead of schedule.”

As I understand the sin unto death, it refers to a believer with whom the Holy Spirit has dealt time and again, giving him mega opportunities to repent of a certain sin, which he steadfastly refuses to deal with. He stiff-arms God, will not cooperate and seek God to give him victory over it. This is not a sin over which he agonizes, but which he flaunts in the face of God. He loves it. It’s a daring thing to him.

God’s attitude is not one of “OK, if that’s the way you want it, I’ll just kill you!” Rather it is, “It grieves Me to do this. I had such edifying plans for you (Jer. 29:11), but you refuse to cooperate. You’re ruining My reputation. So for your own eternal good and that of the people before whom you blaspheme My Name, I must cut short your earthwalk, remove your poor witness and bring you home.”

I base this interpretation on translating the Word in light of observing Jesus’ life. His life radiates grace, not condemnation, and where the two conflict one must always go with the grace verses rather than the law ones.

The Bible must be interpreted in light of the overall Word of God. Majoring on some isolated verse upon which the best minds in Christianity cannot agree (alas, some are even confused within themselves) while virtually ignoring the abundance of Scripture, which refutes the interpretation that you have adopted, is a spiritual cul de sac. Introspecting about whether they have committed the “sin unto death” is a common ploy the enemy uses on Christians who have experienced childhood rejection. Their flesh is geared to self rejection, self condemnation, introspection and setting their minds on their emotions to determine “reality.” Since they sometimes don’t “feel” like they are saved, they believe they are not.