The other is go ahead and sin your head off as long as you confess and repent of the same sin repeatedly...
....THAT DOCTRINE CONDEMNED AND WARNED AGAINST!
They profess to know God, but by their deeds they deny Him, being detestable and disobedient and worthless for any good deed.
2 Peter 2:1
But false prophets also arose among the people, just as there will also be false teachers among you, who will secretly introduce destructive heresies, even denying the Master who bought them, bringing swift destruction upon themselves.
Dear friends, although I was very eager to write to you about the salvation we share, I felt I had to write and urge you to contend for the faith that was once for all entrusted to the saints. For certain men whose condemnation was written about long ago have secretly slipped in among you. They are godless men, who change the grace of our God into a license for immorality and deny Jesus Christ our only Sovereign and Lord.
Jesus says to people he has healed, Go and sin no more.
That means it must be possible. Isn't that a message we are also to take to heart?
Not that it's necessarily that easy to do. The key is that God's grace is not a license for immorality. And, yet, some organized religions seem to actually teach it that way, in practice if not in theory, a sort of buying your way out of a bad deed by giving this amount of money or saying this number of prayers of contrition. This would be the equivalent of the first circumcision, I would think--those who never made it out of the wilderness because everything was imposed from the outside and their hearts had never changed.
This gives the leaders of those religions a tremendous amount of power over their congregation--because not only are they dictating the terms of God's forgiveness for a given transgression, not only are they acquiring what amounts to the most delicate secrets of their flock, but they almost seem to be standing in place of Christ to keep people away from an intimate relationship with him.
And, yet, the only way we will be truly healed is through direct relationship with Christ.
So, for me, this is the Pharisees--deja vu all over again. The punishment goes on and on, and nothing ever changes.
When Marx said that religion was the opiate of the masses, he was chuckling up his sleeve because he knew it had been designed that way and served the same purposes as his godless religion of a proletariat that would never rise above the mud, --keeping people asleep, shackled, and oppressed.
Or as Jesus said, you search the whole world for one convert, and when you find him, you make him more the child of hell than you are yourselves.