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Can Criminals Change With God

Could it be possible that a strait up criminal who has been a known criminal ages or decades can he or she find solace in God? A lot times people do not believe they can change.

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Myheartbelongs2Jesus said, " Could it be possible that a strait up criminal who has been a known criminal ages or decades can he or she find solace in God? A lot times people do not believe they can change."

First of all, the word is spelled S-T-R-A-I-G-H-T.

God can change any man's heart. That means ANYONE
---Monk_Brendan on 2/16/18

John 3:8 - The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one born of the spirit,

John 3,8 - Nicodemus answered and said unto him, How can these things be?

John 3:9 -Jesus answered and said unto him, Art thou a master of Israel , And not knowest these things?

John 3:10 - Verily, verily I say unto thee. We speak that we do know,and testify that we have seen: and ye receive not our witness.

John 3:11 - If I told have you earthly things, and ye believe not, How shall ye believe if I tell you heavenly things?
---RichardC on 2/15/18

We can pray for how God is able to change any evil person.

Jesus suffered and died on the cross with hope for any evil person, at all.

Love "hopes all things" (in 1 Corinthians 13:7).

So, if anyone does not believe God is able to change an evil person into a child of His love, possibly that person has not been changed by God into a Christlike person. Possibly that person has not experienced how God is able to change our nature so that "as He is, so are we in this world." (in 1 John 4:17)
---Bill on 2/15/18

Since Jesus was nailed to a cross purchasing us with his perfect blood God can forgive us all for Christs sake. All we need do is believe it, as Paul teaches in his gospel, 1 Thess 4 and 1 Cor 15
Many think Christ didn't do enough and we still need to beg for forgiveness.
Still captive to sin and guilt, religious people, go through water baptisms, continually confess their sins, say ritualistic prayers, and perform good deeds in attempt to earn forgiveness. Despite the fact that the Bible is clear that Christ already died for sins.
There is no reason to do these things if you have already trusted in Christs payment for sin. Trying to earn your own forgiveness makes the cross of Christ of none effect!
---michael_e on 2/13/18

Luke, MarkV, Lisa, We are justified by His Blood...that is FAITH IN HIS BLOOD, and THEN we are SAVED by His Life...that is His Risen Life in you.

Our born Again experience comes when we are crucified with Christ and RAISED UP TOGETHER WITH HIM A NEW CREATURE. OT saints were Justified by Faith, but we're not at that time Born Again...because Jesus had not died and rose again. So they didn't experience a New Birth. they died without receiving the promise. Heb 11:39-40. The Promise was the promise of the Holy Spirit. Yet we see, they are SAVED.

I know Calvinism does not believe this.

Justification is God DECLARING US RIGHTEOUS. One must be declared righteous first, before being baptized INTO CHRIST.
---kathr4453 on 2/13/18

You can only be justified if you are born again of the Spirit. There is no such thing as being justified without being born again of the Spirit.

Kathr seems to imply you can be justified and not be a child of God. Only those born of the Spirit are children of God.
"But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, to those who believe in His name, who were born, not of blood, not of the will of the flesh, nor the will of man, but of God" John 1: 12,13.
---Luke on 2/13/18

Romans 4:5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.

Anyone who believes on God who justifies the UNGODLY, his faith is counted for righteousness. Notice it's very clear faith or believing is not considered works....

WORKETH NOT BUT BELIEVE again knocks a lot of false doctrine right off their ivory tower.

Paul said he was the chief of sinners because he MURDERED CHRISTIANS ....also wrote Romans 4:5.

One MUST BE JUSTIFIED first. This is your LEGAL standing before God, not the New Birth. Once Justified and declared RIGHTEOUS, THEN you can be joined to a Holy God...and are SAVED BY HIS LIFE IN YOU. CHRIST IN YOU..THE HOPE OF GLORY.
---kathr4453 on 2/13/18

Mark 2:17 - When Jesus heard it, he saith unto them, They that are whole have no need of the physician, but they are sick : I came not to call the righteous , But sinner to repentance,

Ecclesiastes 7:20 - For there is not a just man upon the earth , that doeth good, and sinneth not.
---RichardC on 2/12/18

//A lot times people do not believe they can change.//
People who believe "criminals" can't change don't believe scripture so they "change" either. In reality God changes us.
Paul says "while we were yet sinners Christ died for us"
Salvation was a mystery, and it will remain a mystery until people acknowledge the message revealed to the apostle Paul, the chief of sinners saved by grace.
---michael_e on 2/12/18

Jesus wants me to have forgiveness ready for any person. And God wants us to pray with hope for all which is possible with God for any evil person.

Jesus died on the cross with hope for any evil person, at all.

And Jesus calls to "all" >

"'Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.'" (Matthew 11:28)

So, yes any criminal can change to have hope and solace. And even if you have failed in shameful ways, still . . . Jesus calls to "all", which includes you (c: and me (c:

But we do need for God to correct our character so we can have real and stable rest for our souls > Hebrews 12:4-11.
---Bill on 2/7/18

We are personally acquainted with many people who were once incarcerated for all kinds of crimes and they are serving the Lord today. One friend is a preacher who was in for murder without the possibility of parole. He was paroled a few years after getting saved and going through Bible School classes for ordination.
---KarenD on 2/5/18

Didn't the Thief on the cross teach us that?

That's why we call him the good thief, because he was so good he even stole Heaven.
---Nicole_Lacey on 2/5/18

Long-time sinners change, do they not?
---Steveng on 2/3/18

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