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Does God listen to your prayers if you are in sin?

If sin is allowed to creep into the church, it will take over and, like a cancer, will eventually erode the foundation of the church.  To make allowances for sin such that we think we can sin and not have to worry about God not answering our prayers is ludicrous!  God hates sin.  You cannot minimize sin or make excuses for it. I believe that anyone who has a love for righteousness would never justify or excuse sin in any way, shape or manner.  But if someone is making allowances to compromise with sin, even in a theological rhetorical manner, indicates that sin is hiding there somewhere under the covers. 

Does that sound judgmental?  Perhaps.  But that is out of my experience from the things I have seen.  I believe that, if not conclusive, it is at least indicative. I can only add a word of caution from my experience that, while this may seem inconsequential or temporary and confined to the discussion group, this is how Satan subtly begins his divisive work.

Here are some scriptures to use as backup:


Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth. (John 9:31)
If I regard iniquity in my heart, the Lord will not hear me: (Psalms 66:18)
The LORD is far from the wicked: but he heareth the prayer of the righteous. (Proverbs 15:29)
The sacrifice of the wicked is an abomination to the LORD: but the prayer of the upright is his delight. (Proverbs 15:8)
He that turneth away his ear from hearing the law, even his prayer shall be abomination. (Proverbs 28:9)
Because I have called, and ye refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded; But ye have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof: I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; When your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you. Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me: For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.  (Proverbs 1:24-30)
There they cry, but none giveth answer, because of the pride of evil men.  (Job 35:12)
But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid his face from you, that he will not hear.  (Isaiah 59:2)
Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. (James 4:3)
Therefore it is come to pass, that as he cried, and they would not hear; so they cried, and I would not hear, saith the LORD of hosts: (Zechariah 7:13)
Then shall they cry unto the LORD, but he will not hear them: he will even hide his face from them at that time, as they have behaved themselves ill in their doings. (Micah 3:4)
But unto the wicked God saith, What hast thou to do to declare my statutes, or that thou shouldest take my covenant in thy mouth? Seeing thou hatest instruction, and castest my words behind thee.  (Psalms 50:16-17)
And when ye spread forth your hands, I will hide mine eyes from you: yea, when ye make many prayers, I will not hear: your hands are full of blood. (Isaiah 1:15)