Can Christians Go On Sinning 1 John 3:9 by Dan Corner

Can Christians Go Back To A Life Of Sin

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:9)

Does this mean that someone who is truly saved cannot go back to a life of sin?

To say a truly saved person can’t go back to a life of sin contradicts the extreme version of once saved always saved.

To conclude from that verse that one can’t go back to a life of sin is obvious error, as the Biblical examples of Solomon, the younger widows of 1 Tim 5:11-15, those referred to in 2 Pet 2:20-22, etc. show. Such a possibility is also implied from 1 Pet 1:14:

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

God’s seed (his word) impedes sin if it is hidden in our hearts (Psa 119:9-110). However, as one might not remain in the Vine (John 15:6), God’s seed might not remain in the person who gets born of God.

If 1 John 3:9 had the meaning the once saved always saved folks give it, then Paul’s warning to those born of God, which he gave multiple times (Gal 5:19-21), would be meaningless.

Copyright Dan Corner.

Free Will and Responsibility

Mankind has free will before initial salvation and also after salvation. Saved people can easily be deceived, turn to evil and then die spiritually. It is not God’s responsibility but it is man’s responsibility (under true Biblical grace) to hold on, keep what you have and continue to follow Jesus. Many fail this and therefore get back on the road to hell. A major advantage for the backslider to get off the road to hell is knowing that he is again on the road to hell. This is denied by the once saved always saved folks, and so multitudes continue to perish because of that teaching. Calvinism needs to be opposed for the sake of eternal souls because all five points are unscriptural, especially the last point known as eternal security or the perseverance of the saints.

The Teaching of Eternal Security is False

Once Saved Always Saved is the dangerously false teaching that once you have been born again you will always remain saved and that your entrance into God’s kingdom is absolutely guaranteed, even if you horribly backslide. The reality is, those who turn to sin which leads to death after they have been saved have no more expectation of eternal life than those who have never attained salvation in the first place. We have many teachings which explain why once saved always saved is not God’s truth. Many seeking salvation are torn between the ear tickling eternal security doctrine and the clear evidence found in the scriptures to the contrary. The Biblical evidence is overwhelming against eternal security.

Bible teacher Dan Corner explains the misconceptions about once saved always saved and provides more scriptures and arguments refuting eternal security than any other resource on the worldwide web! Read more from Dan Corner on this at

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