Not every Christian is continuously repenting of sins they have committed. They might do so once a day, or once in awhile. Not being unrepentant, mind you, but not actually praying repentance to God or asking for forgiveness for them.
For example let's say that there was a Christian somewhere who, in a fit of road rage (it happens) loses his temper and calls someone something degrading. And then he is instantly T-boned by a freight train and dies. No repentance occurred. Now what?
Rom 7:24 Wretched man that I am! Who will set me free from the body of this death?
Rom 7:25 Thanks be to God through Jesus Christ our Lord! So then, on the one hand I myself with my mind am serving the law of God, but on the other, with my flesh the law of sin.
Rom 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.
Rom 8:2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set you free from the law of sin and of death.
It is a real shame that you do not truly understand what it means to be in Christ Jesus.
Is this Christian charity?
Charity?? No. It is Christian truth.
What exactly were you trying to say? I believe all of the Bible. You have to explain how you think it applies.
It was an answer to you hypothetical about the man T-boned and killed before he had a chance to repent. If he is a Christian, then he is/was in Christ. And in Christ there is therefore now no condemnation. I say again, no condemnation for those who are in Christ.
The Catholic view, apparently, is that one is "in Christ" only when the last sin committed has been "absolved" by a priest following confession. But of course that doesn't even guarantee that he will make it out of the door of the church before he is no longer in Christ.. Forgiven is not something that God does again and again and again. Forgiven is a state, a condition of being in Christ. Baptism for the forgiveness of sin is not something that is good only to the next occurrence of some sin.
"If he is a Christian, then he is/was in Christ". So from your post I take it that you believe that a person who becomes a Christian can sin with impunity? Or if he does, then he was not a Christian in the first place, right? What about a person who does really well for a while and then "returns to his sin like a dog to his own vomit"? This can happen to anyone
. They weren't a Christian in the first place then right?
What a horrible cycle that becomes. To deny the truth, that Christians can return to abject sin through their own will. Tell me you believe something else.
If you think about the above scenario, then no Christian can know whether he is in Christ or not at any particular time, because in the future he is fully capable of returning to a sinful life. He might, or he might not. If he does, then he has to believe that he was never a Christian in the first place. But then once he "becomes one (again)" he doesn't know for sure if he is this time or not.
Once we admit that we sin and know the truth about sins through which, through an act of our own will, "cut us off from the vine", then we can get past the trap above. And those sins are "mortal sins", referred to in the Bible (1 John 5:16-17) as "deadly sins". Those people in mortal sin were once "in Christ Jesus" but are no more "in Christ Jesus".
Thereby your verse which refers to people "in Christ Jesus" refers to those who have not cut themselves off from the throne of grace. And for them, even with venial sin on their soul, there is "no condemnation".
So regardless of the above statement, those souls who go to purgatory have "no condemnation" because they are "in Christ Jesus". They all
go to heaven. So hopefully you can see, that Catholic teaching is perfectly in accord with this passage from Romans.
The problem is not with Catholic doctrine. The problem here is that you believe that all your future sins are forgiven without repenting. It's simply not true.
1 “To the angel of the church in Ephesus write:
These are the words of him who holds the seven stars in his right hand and walks among the seven golden lampstands.
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked people, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken the love you had at first.
5 Consider how far you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.