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Dec 25, 2014
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Reply to David
by: Watchman Bob

David,

I'm thankful for your encouragement, but I am alarmed that you think that I espouse "the absolute black and white no-holds-barred-if-you-have-this-sin-in-your-life-you-are-doomed" doctrine of salvation.

Hopefully, if you have read carefully all the way through this essay, you can see that I do not believe that we are saved by our own righteousness (lack of sin), good works or keeping the commandments, but totally by the grace of Yahuah ("God"). The righteousness (absence of sin) in our lives is the result and evidence of being saved, not the cause of our salvation, and comes only through the sanctification of the indwelling Holy Spirit. Yes, we still sin, but we are not dominated by that sin and that sin no longer condemns us to Hell because, as the apostle Paul stated, "It is no longer I that do [what I don't want to do], but sin that dwells in me" (Romans 7:20).

So, as we reckon ourselves dead to the sin in our lives (Romans 6:2-11) and move more and more toward being holy (sin-free) as He is holy (1 Peter 1:16), we will live increasingly spirit-filled, righteous, holy lives, less and less marred by sin. That's what I am trying to communicate in this essay, not that we are condemned to Hell by the decreasingly frequent sins we commit.

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