Our free moral agency is progressively compromised through a “searing” of the conscience9 or a “hardness of heart”4,14 that can occur in one’s life. This is true even for a Christian’s1,3,5,6,9,12,14, or from the Old Covenant, one of God’s chosen1,8,13,15! Often, the Bible talks of this regression as being enslaved to sin2,3,5,9,10,11. There is a depravity1,10,11 and a craving for the carnal2,4 that can overcome someone to a point that God will essentially “call it”10, ending one’s chance to repent1,6.
Like alcohol or drug addiction, the web of sin can become a habit we can’t break6. However, from God’s perspective, it’s never too late to repent11,12,15, as we see in even extreme cases like Manasseh8. Through His word He encourages that we instead be enslaved to righteousness5,7, or doing good. This is true freedom2,7, when one “knows God” and is “known by God”3,13 – the remedy for being enslaved to sin.