Redemption Fallacies Refuted:

1.     God cannot and does not impute sins of believers to their account.

The fact is that God cannot do otherwise if believers go back into sin again. Sin has to be imputed where there is a law broken (Romans 5:13; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:12-13).

2.     Christ bore the sins of the saved and they cannot be charged to Him more than once. Even in civil courts a crime cannot be charged to a man twice.

This is only partially true, as it deals with sins that have been forgiven. If the same man commits the same sins again any civil court will charge him with them again-as often as he commits them. So it is with the divine court. A man forgiven of past sins must stop sinning. If he commits the same sins again after conversion he will be charged with them again. They must be properly confessed and forgiven again or he will pay the death penalty for the new crimes (Ezekiel 18:4,20-26; Romans 6:23; Romans 8:12-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; 2 Tim. 2:12).

3.     All sins-past, present, and future-are forgiven once and forever.

Christ bore the sins of all men, but one cannot receive forgiveness until sin is confessed.  Unconfessed sin cannot be forgiven (Luke 13:3,5; 1 John 1:9).  If men could not be damned for committing unconfessed sins which Christ has borne, then no man would be lost, for He bore the sins of all (Romans 5:8; Galatians 1:4; 1 Peter 2:24; 1 Peter 3:18; Hebrews 2:9).  Redemption cannot become effective with anyone who refuses to repent and conform to the whole truth (Mark 16:15-16; Luke 13:3,5; Acts 2:38; Acts 3:19; 1 John 1:7,9)

4.     God cannot and does not see the sins of believers. In fact, their sins are not real sins. All He sees is the blood of Christ that automatically covers sin. A person who is born again cannot commit sin.

These claims deny every principle of divine and human governments.  No just government would permit such a program with criminals.  No pardoned criminal is told that he will not be held responsible for committing the same crime again; that if he did it wouldn’t really a crime in his case; that it would be automatically forgiven; that the law would never again see any crime he committed; that it would only see the pardon he had received; and that the pardon stipulated absolute freedom from any future punishment, even for the worst of crimes.  A government that operated this way would be considered intolerably unjust.  Yet this is exactly the kind of government many in the church teach and believe in as divine government.  God has repeatedly stated that He will punish every sin, even to every idle word (Matthew 12:37-39; Romans 2:12-16; 2 Cor. 5:10; Rev. 20:11-15).  See 210 Plain Laws and Warnings.

5.     It dishonors the blood of Christ to teach that it covers only past sins or only the sins of the faithful.  A believer does not have to continue to be faithful to be saved.  Sin can never reign over a saved man again, regardless of what he does.  He is saved even though he serves sin and Satan.  Not one child of God can return to his former state of sin and be condemned.  He cannot choose to be saved or lost. God chooses men to be saved and all such are secure in His choice.  If a man could choose to be saved or lost then he would be more powerful than God.  There is no human element in salvation.  All men sin every day. The only difference between the saved and unsaved is that one has accepted Christ and the other has not.  Sin is inseparable from one in this life.  In the believer sin is unchanged and unchangeable.  Even the unsaved are not condemned for their sins, how much less is this true of the saved.  God is able to keep one saved who may be sinning every day. If man’s choice governs his destiny, then the sovereign grace of God is subject to the will of man and God Himself ceases to be sovereign.

There is not one Scripture to support these false claims.  God does not lose sovereignty through His plan of redemption requiring men to meet His terms or be lost.  Obedience to God according to the gospel is the basis of all justification and imputation of righteousness to man.  God requires confession of sins (Luke 13:3,5; 1 John 1:9), faith (John 3:16; Ephes. 2:8-9), and choice on man’s part in conformity to the plan of redemption before He justifies a man (Mark 16:16; Romans 1:5,16; Romans 3:24-31; Romans 5:1-11; Rev. 22:17). From God’s standpoint, redemption is provided for all men and it is His will that all accept Christ and be saved (John 3:16; 1 Tim. 2:4; 2 Peter 3:9; Rev. 22:17); but no man will be forgiven who personally refuses to believe and conform to the gospel.  When one does obey the gospel, then and then alone sins are forgiven.  This is all imputation means in Psalm 32:2; Romans 4:3-13,22-25; 2 Cor. 5:19.  No believer has to sin, but if he does it will be charged to him and he will pay the death penalty if he dies in sin (Exodus 32:32; Ezekiel 18:4,20-26; Romans 6:16-23; Romans 8:12-13; 1 Cor. 6:9-11; Galatians 5:19-21; Galatians 6:7-8; 2 Tim. 2:12; James 5:19-20).  See 210 Plain Laws and Warnings.

Freedom from sin is truly possible in the body (Romans 6:6-7,16-23; Romans 8:1-4,12-13; Romans 12:1-2; 1 Cor. 3:16-17; 1 Cor. 6:19-20; 1 Cor. 7:34; 1 Cor. 9:27; 2 Cor. 4:10; 2 Cor. 7:1; Ephes. 1:4; Ephes. 4:24; Ephes. 5:25-27; Col. 1:20-23; Col. 2:11-13; Col. 3:5-12; 1 Thes. 4:3-7; Titus 2:11-13; Hebrews 12:10-14; 1 John 1:7-9; 1 John 2:1-2,29; 1 John 3:5-10; 1 John 5:1-4,18) as well as in the soul and spirit (2 Cor. 7:1).