“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 covetous, nor drunkards, nor extortionist, shall inherit the kingdom of god.” 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
This passage makes no reference to salvation. It speaks of a 2nd step – the kingdom of God. There is quite a big difference between salvation and the kingdom of God. The Kingdom is the place where Christ is King and it starts inside you.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17 Salvation is a process involving first being saved by the blood, and then being changed by the spirit and the name.
Years ago the children took some pots into the backyard to play. In the winter I found them out there. They were encrusted with dirt, sand, mud and leaves so I brought them into the house and put them in the sink for a good scrubbing. No one can expect to use the pans in that condition.
It’s the same with God’s vessels. He finds us in the sin and the dirt of the world, some a lot worse than others, and he brings us into the house of God where we can clean up. Just saving us from sins does not get us cleaned up. This process is called sanctification. You often hear new Christians balk and complain about feeling condemned. They blame the church. But all it is only those past flaws coming out to annoy the new believer.
We are making a mistake if we think that Jesus is ever going to use us when we are filthy with the stains of the world, flesh and devil. Those who refuse to be cleaned up will not be properly used up by God. Their ministry, potential or real, is always hampered by that piece of disobedience. They may think they are being used. They may be used in small ways. And un-sanctified Christians are nagged by doubts, fears and concerns about their status with God. This is unnecessary.
When numbers of believers occupy a church they then are able to handle newcomers who are out of sync with God because the body of Christ is like our own physical body. We have germs in us at all times, also we ingest pesticides so when the body gets trouble inside it sends white corpuscles to the site of the infection and we can slough off the problem most of the time. In the body of Christ it is the same.
Poisonous Christians can enter but we should have enough power to correct them or cause them to leave. Today we don’t see correction in the Church of Jesus Christ and many believers have left. Churches are not doing their God-given job.