“Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-10
Can one be a Christian and be living in adultery, fornication, homosexuality, murder, thievery, covetousness, drunkenness, etc.? The answer of God in His Word is clearly “no.”
God Himself said, “But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death” (Revelation 21:8).
Can one be a Christian and support the murder of the unborn? Again, God’s answer is “no.”
What of those who claim to be Christians and Lutherans — even pastors — who practice or encourage such sin and disobedience to God’s Word? They are neither Lutheran nor Christian!
Can those who have been deceived and caught up in such sins be saved? Yes, if they repent and look to the crucified and risen Christ for mercy and forgiveness!
The Bible also says: “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” 1 Corinthians 6:11.
Through faith in Christ Jesus and His cross there is pardon and forgiveness, and through faith in Christ Jesus comes also God’s help and strength to amend our lives to live for Him in accord with His Word. Those who, by the gracious working of God’s Spirit, come to see their sinful ways and repent, trusting in Christ Jesus, shall receive mercy and forgiveness and the eternal joys of heaven.