The Bible has many places where it says something that is clear in it’s meaning on first reading, but the more you read it, the more sobering it becomes. In Proverbs 2, it says this:
So you will be delivered from the forbidden woman, from the adulteress with her smooth words, who forsakes the companion of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God; for her house sinks down to death, and her paths to the departed; none who go to her come back, nor do they regain the paths of life. Proverbs 2:16-19
I knew this woman, or one just like Solomon is describing, and it is only through the grace of God Almighty that my life wasn’t ended by pursuing an evil sin. Had I continued, I would have become one of the Departed, or a spirit that dwells in Hell. And I would have done so thinking I was happy and that my actions were what would make me content for life. In reality though, it would have destroyed my life and my marriage and would have caused cataclysmic upheaval in the lives of my family and my children for generations to come. But the Bible also talks about sin only being for a season, and then WE are called to account at the judgment. And let’s be just as clear, pursuing that kind of sin, or ANY intentional sin thinking a childhood prayer or walk down an aisle is going to shield you, it’s foolish. Read for yourself:
If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin. 1 John 1:6-7
It doesn’t get much plainer than that. Saying you are a Believer while you intentionally do what God explicitly says is sinful is a lie, and clearly marks you as unredeemed, thus the “but” in the next phrase where he says Jesus blood cleanses us from sin. There are literally dozens of verses throughout the Bible where God CLEARLY calls us to “walk uprightly” and to seek His righteousness. Doing that means you sacrifice what you want for what He calls us to. In family life, it is a sacrificial love that means you put yourself last regardless of what you think your rights are. In daily life, it means examining your motivation to make sure you aren’t being selfish or ignoring the needs of others. It means loving others as Christ loves us, and that isn’t an isolated action.
Look closely at your life, repent, and believe that Jesus is the Son of God. Otherwise, you risk being one of the Departed.