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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 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.

 


Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Is it possible for a saved person to be an idolater at the same time?

If so, how do we reconcile these two verses?  One says the saved are heirs with Christ.  The other says idolaters cannot be heirs.  Wouldn't that mean one would have to turn from idolatry in order to be saved?  

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The simple answer would be no. However, that being said, we m ight ask, 'Can an immature saved person fall into error and idolatry?" Then the answer would be, yes, they can. So, then an idolator might well be saved, but in error as to their idolatry. However, I also believe that a truly saved person will see the error of their way and turn away from that idolatry.

 

At the same time, we would ask, can someone commit adultery and be saved? Yes, again, we are all sinners, saved by grace, and subject to foolish acts, but as saved person will be convicted and repent-it won't be their committed lifestyle. So a person can fall to error and idolatry, but they will return to the Lord.

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 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.

 

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Is it possible for a saved person to be an idolater at the same time?

If so, how do we reconcile these two verses?  One says the saved are heirs with Christ.  The other says idolaters cannot be heirs.  Wouldn't that mean one would have to turn from idolatry in order to be saved?  

 

I beleiev that there are many of us caught up in idolatry and don't even realize it.  So I would say yes, they can be saved and practicing idolatry.

 

Any time we look to the govt. to meet our needs, we are "replacing" them with God; when we rely on something other than the Lord to protect us, we are doing that which He wants to do, again replacing Him with "things".  What about finances?  There are many ways that we replace His glory with things or "self", not allowing Him to be the sole means for our lives.

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1 Corinthians 6:9-10 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? 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.

 

Romans 8:17 And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with him, that we may be also glorified together.

Is it possible for a saved person to be an idolater at the same time?

If so, how do we reconcile these two verses?  One says the saved are heirs with Christ.  The other says idolaters cannot be heirs.  Wouldn't that mean one would have to turn from idolatry in order to be saved?  

These verses are not speaking of salvation but of inheritance in the kingdom of God. You may end up saved but you won't have any inheritance in the kingdom of God if you don't suffer with Christ by forsaking sin.

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These verses are not speaking of salvation but of inheritance in the kingdom of God. You may end up saved but you won't have any inheritance in the kingdom of God if you don't suffer with Christ by forsaking sin.

 
This. :goodpost: . The kingdom of God is not a direct reference to salvation itself per se, it has a future reference to Christs future physical kingdom but presently it is more like what we would call walking with God, the victorious Christian life, etc. Therefore the Corinthians passage mentioned in the OP is not saying that it is impossible for a Christian to commit any of those specifically listed sins as is sometimes mistakenly asserted, it is saying if someone commits sins like that they are totally out of fellowship with God unless they get right. They are not living righteously, and they will not have peace or joy, nor is it likely that they will have any accurate idea about what the will of God is for their life beyond repenting & turning from their sin.     

"Romans 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost."

Edited by Seth-Doty

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And the prodigal son may well have built up quite an inheritance after he repented. I'm not saying he did, but it would be possible.

 

 

We must remember to, the saved person can fall into any sin, he may fall into sin so deep that God calls him home early. Yet that one who has fallen into sin will not lose his inheritances of Heaven. However he may well lose all of his rewards being saved only as by fire.

 

 

1Co 3:11 ¶ For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ.
1Co 3:12 Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble;
1Co 3:13 Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is.
1Co 3:14 If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward.
1Co 3:15 If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire.

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And the prodigal son may well have built up quite an inheritance after he repented. I'm not saying he did, but it would be possible.

 

 

 

 

Yes, it could be possible to build up an inheritance after it's lost but the bible doesn't really say whether it's so or not. 

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