One glaring truth you are overlooking is this, John the Baptist's water baptism of "repentance" was for the remission of sins that are past for why he is calling the vipers to actually repent when they receive his water baptism, whereas believing in Jesus Christ is for the remission of sins for which Jesus Christ baptizes us with the Holy Ghost thus Jesus is giving us eternal life simply for believing in Him.@GodB4Us
People came to John the baptizer to be baptized,
they confessed their sins.
Matthew 3:6 and they were being baptized by him in the Jordan River, as they confessed their sins.
John saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducess coming for baptism.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming for baptism,
John called them vipers because he knew they weren't going to confess and repent of their sins.
he said to them, "You brood of vipers, who warned you to flee from the wrath to come? 8"Therefore bear fruit in keeping with repentance;
12 His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire."
That is what you do; you promote people to be as vipers, because you say they don't have to repent of their sins.
Matthew 3:1In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
3 For this is he that was spoken of by the prophet Esaias, saying, The voice of one crying in the wilderness, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make his paths straight.
4 And the same John had his raiment of camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins; and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
5 Then went out to him Jerusalem, and all Judaea, and all the region round about Jordan,
6 And were baptized of him in Jordan, confessing their sins.
7 But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O generation of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?
8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:
9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.
10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance. but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire:
Acts 10:43 To him give all the prophets witness, that through his name whosoever believeth in him shall receive remission of sins.
44 While Peter yet spake these words, the Holy Ghost fell on all them which heard the word.
May He help you to see the difference between the 2 baptism whereas John the Baptist's water baptism of repentance for the remission of sins past and Jesus baptizing us by believing in Him for the remission of sins forever for why the gift of the Holy Ghost is God testifying to us that He has saved us for believing in Him & His words.
Since salvation, believers can move on to perfection as He helps us to abide in His words in knowing what sins are, so we can look to Him for the help & power to turn from sin and follow Him as His disciples in bearing fruit & having joy too.
Discipleship follows salvation. If a sinner repents from all sins in order for Jesus Christ to save him or her, then where is the race?
Notice the consequence for saved believers below that fail in running that race by faith in Jesus Christ to resist sins.
Hebrews 12:1Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with patience the race that is set before us,
2 Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.
3 For consider him that endured such contradiction of sinners against himself, lest ye be wearied and faint in your minds.
4 Ye have not yet resisted unto blood, striving against sin.
5 And ye have forgotten the exhortation which speaketh unto you as unto children, My son, despise not thou the chastening of the Lord, nor faint when thou art rebuked of him:
6 For whom the Lord loveth he chasteneth, and scourgeth every son whom he receiveth.
7 If ye endure chastening, God dealeth with you as with sons; for what son is he whom the father chasteneth not?
8 But if ye be without chastisement, whereof all are partakers, then are ye bastards, and not sons.
9 Furthermore we have had fathers of our flesh which corrected us, and we gave them reverence: shall we not much rather be in subjection unto the Father of spirits, and live?
10 For they verily for a few days chastened us after their own pleasure; but he for our profit, that we might be partakers of his holiness.
11 Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them which are exercised thereby.
So the loss of the reward of crowns is not the only thing a believer can lose, but by becoming a castaway, but they can never lose their salvation.
1 Corinthians 9:24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain.
25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
26 I therefore so run, not as uncertainly; so fight I, not as one that beateth the air:
27 But I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway.
When they are castaways, that is when the Father will scourge ( whip ) every child He receives for why there are vessels unto dishonor in His House per the knowledge they had for not being ready to go.
Luke 12;40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.
41 Then Peter said unto him, Lord, speakest thou this parable unto us, or even to all?
42 And the Lord said, Who then is that faithful and wise steward, whom his lord shall make ruler over his household, to give them their portion of meat in due season?
43 Blessed is that servant, whom his lord when he cometh shall find so doing.
44 Of a truth I say unto you, that he will make him ruler over all that he hath.
45 But and if that servant say in his heart, My lord delayeth his coming; and shall begin to beat the menservants and maidens, and to eat and drink, and to be drunken;
46 The lord of that servant will come in a day when he looketh not for him, and at an hour when he is not aware, and will cut him in sunder, and will appoint him his portion with the unbelievers.
47 And that servant, which knew his lord's will, and prepared not himself, neither did according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes.
48 But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more.
49 I am come to send fire on the earth; and what will I, if it be already kindled?
2 Timothy 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
20 But in a great house there are not only vessels of gold and of silver, but also of wood and of earth; and some to honour, and some to dishonour.
21 If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour, sanctified, and meet for the master's use, and prepared unto every good work.
That is why there are vessels unto dishonor in His House because not every saved believer will be found abiding in Him & His words as having looked to Him for help to be ready by departing from iniquity before the Bridegroom comes.
Denying how we are saved by God for believing in Him is a work of iniquity that denies Him as able to save those who believe.
Your error is you believe you and sinners can save yourselves by repenting from all sins first before He can save us and that is not the truth.
Discipleship is separate from the gospel so there is no mistake on how God saves anyone which is by believing in Him to be saved. That is why those found in iniquity that gets left behind ae still saved as He will continue His work in us as they will get stripes for not being ready to go when the Bridegroom comes so when they are resurrected after the great tribulation, they will never commit those iniquities again in raising up the generations following them.