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Do Christians sin?
We need to start with another question first.
What is a Christian?
No matter how frayed the word Christian has become throughout history, the Biblical definition of a Christian is a person who follows Christ, and is His disciple (Acts 11:26). A Christian is NOT someone who has recognized a particular set of religious beliefs or practices, joined a church, prayed a prayer, or participated in certain sacraments or rituals. A Christian is a person who has responded to the conviction of the Holy Spirit (Jn.6:44) by putting his or her faith in the finished work of Christ for salvation (Eph.2:8-9; Jn.3:15-18,36). Christians are those who have repented (turned away from) of their sin and have made Jesus Lord of their lives (Rom.10:9-10; Acts 2:38). They are born again by the power of the Holy Spirit (Jn.1:12-13; 3:3-8).
Now . . . Do Christians sin?
First, what is sin? Sin is ANY thought, word or deed that opposes the holy character of the law of God. We all sin (Rom.3:10,23), and even what we consider good deeds are often soiled by selfish motives or pride (Isa.64:6). On our own, it is impossible to please God or to be totally free from sin.
When we come to Christ by faith and trust Him to forgive and cleanse us of all our sin, we are in that moment born again (Jn.3:3). That new birth of the spirit results in us becoming a new creature (2 Cor.5:17). God gives the repentant sinner a new heart that is now desires to obey and please Him rather than self (2 Cor.5:9; Rom.8:5-6). Whereas we were formerly slaves to sin, we are now servants of righteousness (Rom.6:16). Sin’s control has been broken by the power of Jesus (Rom.6:6; Tit.2:14).
BUT, we still live in the flesh, and the flesh is likely to get what it wants.
Romans 7:21-23 I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me.
22 For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: 23 But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. (KJV) . . . Paul admits the battle between flesh and spirit in his own life. Each battle with temptation is won or lost based upon how fully WE surrender to the control of the Holy Spirit (Gal.5:16-17). We should NEVER quench the Spirit (1 Thes.5:19).
The apostle John was writing to Christians.
1 John 1:8-9 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (KJV) . . . It is clear from this Passage that even those who have been born again and redeemed by the Blood of Jesus will still sin. Through thought, attitude, words or deeds, we grieve (Eph.4:30) and quench (1 Thes.5:19) the Holy Spirit at times. This is an amazing and comforting Passage, which reassures us that God offers continual, ongoing grace whenever we agree with Him about our sin and ask for Him to forgive us.
1 John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. (KJV) . . . No one who continues to sin has either seen or known Christ Jesus. Verse 9 tells us that those who have been born of God will NOT continue to live in sin.
Colossians 2:13-14 And you, being dead in your sins and the uncircumcision of your flesh, hath he quickened together with him, having forgiven you all trespasses; 14 Blotting out the handwriting of ordinances that was against us, which was contrary to us, and took it out of the way, nailing it to his cross; (KJV) . . . When we are born again, our natures change, and we cannot continue in sin. Christ not only erases our past sin; He also transforms our hearts so that we no longer desire it.
Romans 6:1-2 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?
2 God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? (KJV) . . . Although Christians will still sin after being saved, the change of heart that the Holy Spirit brings will result in a new attitude toward sin. Sin cannot continue being a lifestyle choice if we have surrendered our lives to Jesus.
Col. 2:6 As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk ye in him: (KJV) . . . When a Christian says that Jesus is Lord, he is saying that he has a new boss. We CANNOT be followers of Christ and practice sin at the same time.
Luke 9:23 And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me. (KJV) . . . the same is said here, as in (Mat.16:24; Mk.8:34), only here the word "daily" is added, showing that afflictions, trials and persecutions of one kind or another, are to be expected each and every day by the people of God, and should be continually endured with confidence and hope. Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee. (KJV) . . . ALL Christians sin, but Jesus will NEVER forsake God’s TRUE children!
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. (KJV) . . . A person can be saved by accepting Jesus Christ as Saviour, but a person will never follow and serve Him until he is willing to make a sacrifice. That is what this passage is teaching. There is a difference between being a believer in Jesus, and being a disciple of Jesus. Sad to say, not all believers are disciples. ALL Christians sin, but Jesus will NEVER forsake God’s TRUE children!
Romans 12:2 And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. (KJV) . . . TRUE believers and those who reject Jesus (unbelievers), travel in opposite directions (Lk.9:23, 14:33; Rom.12:2). TRUE Christians are transformed by the renewing of your mind, with this renewal taking some time, but this process produces a change of behavior.
When a TRUE child of God goes astray, our Father in Heaven chastises him back into obedience. Heb. 12:7-8 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. (KJV) . . . God will never leave His children without discipline, because He loves us, and wants us to realize what we had done needed correction so we would not do it again.
If a professing Christian can choose a lifestyle of sin, and NOT experience enough discipline to make them repent, then according to this Scripture, it is most likely that that person is NOT a TRUE child of God.
Do Christians sin? YES! Absolutely! Every single day! Do they willfully continue in sin? NO! Absolutely NOT! 1 John 3:9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. (KJV) . . . The Holy Spirit will NOT allow a person to CONTINUE in sin or to PRACTICE sin!
Scripture tells us that, while we all will always fall short of the glory of God” (Rom.3:23), we always have HOPE that the power of God, at work in us, shall one day make us more like him as we are changed into his glorious image (2 Cor.3:18).
What Is This?
Do Christians Sin?
What Are Our Two Natures?
What Are The Paths in This Life?
What Does Sanctified Mean?
What Is A Carnal Christian?
What Is A TRUE Christian?
What Is A Compromise?
What Is Biblical Fasting?
What Is Glorification?
What Is God's Soverneignty?
What Is justification?
What Is Practicing Sin?
What Is Purgatory?
What Is Righteousness?
What Is The Joy Of the Lord?
When Does Sanctification Begin?
Why Is Justification By Faith Important?
Why Is Purgatory A Lie?