Let’s talk about sin


Back in October, I wrote an article entitled, Is a sinless life possible? Needless to say, it stirred up quite the conversation. Especially when I said my simple answer to that question is yes, I believe it’s possible.

I’m not trying to convince you of anything. We are all the stewards of our own hearts. I’m not here to go 12 rounds debating this either. That is pointless and a waste of time. My blog is about things I believe and how I live my life. It’s okay if you think I’m wrong. I’ts okay if you want to call me a heretic or accuse me of blasphemy. None of that changes my beliefs or the fact that I love you.

When I read the Scriptures, especially when it comes to sin, I always do the if/why thing. Let me give you some examples.

If it’s impossible to live a sinless life, why would John say this in 1 John 2 (emphasis mine):

 My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous.

Notice he says IF we sin, not when we sin. There is a huge difference. The word “if” implies that it may not happen. When says it will.

When it comes to the topic of sin, so many people point to 1 John 1:8-10, which says:

If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.

John is talking about the born again experience. If anyone says he has no sin, he deceives himself. Why? Because we were born into sin. We need to confess our sins so God will forgive us. Not only does He forgive our sins, He cleanses us from all unrighteousness. This stuff is so powerful when read in the proper context.

If it’s impossible to live a sinless life, why would Paul say this in 2 Corinthians 5:17:

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old things have passed away; behold, all things have become new.

When we are born again, the old is gone. Done. Settled. Wiped away. We are a brand new creation. That means all of our past is obliterated. Sin no longer has any control over us. One of Satan’s biggest lies is making us believe that just because we have the ability to sin, we are nothing more than sinners trying to make it through this world. We are not sinners. We are saints! Paul never addressed his letters to the “sinners” of the different churches, but to the “saints”.

If it’s impossible to live a sinless life, why would Paul say this in Romans 6:11:

Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord.

We are dead to sin. People will point to Romans 7 and say that Paul was writing about what a wicked person he is. Why would he talk about how dead we are to sin in one chapter, and then go on to say he can’t get away from sin in the next? That doesn’t make any sense. Paul is painting a very clear picture of the difference between walking in the Spirit and walking in the flesh. When we become born again, the flesh no longer has power.

There is probably a lot more to be said on this topic, but I will end here for now. I will leave you with this paragraph from my previous post.

And if Jesus already forgave  ALL our sins, why do we think we have to grovel on our stomachs, weeping and wailing whenever we do stumble? If bad thoughts enter our mind out of nowhere, we immediately think it’s something inside of us, and we seek prayer, deliverance, or at least counseling. But, it’s coming from the outside, from the one who was already defeated. Yes, we repent and go in the other direction, but we don’t need to accept condemnation and guilt. It can be as simple as saying “Father, I know you didn’t create me to think like that. It isn’t me. I love You so much. Thank you for dying on that Cross for me. Thank you for making it possible to walk in righteousness. I thank you that I no longer live by my flesh, but by the power of Your Holy Spirit.”

And it’s not just thoughts that try to enter, it’s old desires and the sinful nature of our former self.

So, yes, I believe a sinless life is possible. I believe it’s possible to walk in complete righteousness with God. The Bible says too much about it for me not to believe that way.

Above everything else, we are to seek His righteousness.

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16 thoughts on “Let’s talk about sin

  1. Good day! I could have sworn I’ve visited your blog before but after going through many
    of the articles I realized it’s new to me. Nonetheless, I’m certainly delighted I stumbled upon it and
    I’ll be book-marking it and checking back often!

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  2. Although you make a good case for the sinless live, I think that if we think of sin as the breaking of relationships – not a sin of commission but as one of omission then I would posit that the sinless live is unattainable. Relationships are the critical element in human and spiritual growth – the most important one for Christians being with Jesus Christ. Following in order of importance is the spousal, then family, work and community. Violating the Ten Commandments is clearly a sin but violating the Law of Love by failing to honor commitments is also a sin which, by my definition at least and I think most theologians, is the breaking of a relationship. I am aware of my sinfulness because of the waxing and waning of my relationship with Jesus Christ and in putting my ego ahead of concern for the important others.
    Thanks for your witness and encouragement in your posts
    In Jesus Christ, Declan

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  3. This is your blog, your opportunity to bring up any subject you feel impressed to and if this is on your heart, by all means raise it. It’s a great topic and one I think we sometimes try to evade because it makes us uncomfortable.
    It is possible to live a sinless life but I think we like sin, even as Christians, and it’s a decision we constantly have to make to choose life instead.
    Let’s keep the sinless life and Jesus’ example uppermost in our desires.

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  4. Great post. As a Christian, this definitely gives me something to think about. What I like most about this post is you show how the Bible removes the shame and guilt of sin. This is crucial for me. I’ve carried the guilt and shame of my past for a long time, and I’m ready to get rid of those sickening thoughts. So thank you for your post.

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  5. If a child dies soon after birth wouldn’t we say it died without sinning? Some Christians believe in Original sin but often they believe that is wiped away by baptism. So a baptized child would live a sinless life right?

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  6. Jesus lived a completely sinless life. He now lives that life through us. Yes, we are sinless in our standing before the Father, because Jesus is, but our daily life can be sinless as well if we submit everything to the power of the cross. “Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Gal. 5:16

    Great post.

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  7. Amen, amen and amen!! Christ is our example to show that we can overcome Forasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, he also himself likewise took part of the same; that through death he might destroy him that had the power of death, that is, the devil;15 And deliver them who through fear of death were all their lifetime subject to bondage.
    16 For verily he took not on him the nature of angels; but he took on him the seed of Abraham.
    17 Wherefore in all things it behoved him to be made like unto his brethren, that he might be a merciful and faithful high priest in things pertaining to God, to make reconciliation for the sins of the people.18 For in that he himself hath suffered being tempted, he is able to succour them that are tempted. Hebrews 2:14-18

    For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin. Hebrews 4:15

    Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for them. Hebrews 7:25

    For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.Romans 6:14
    I would like to show this to you on righteousness by faith enjoy. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Maw8X57kbek&list=PL0856EF6FE59922BE

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  8. @toddcbrown, great explanation and expounding of the concept. As my husband states often, “As Christians, we may not be ‘sinless,’ but we sure can sin LESS!” It’s all about conviction, sanctification, redemption and humility. The moment we brag that we can live a sinless life, we’ve taken a step back to the cross and said, “Thanks, but no thanks, Jesus. That sacrifice was good and all, but I don’t really need You anymore, because I’m living sinless.” No, it’s a daily walk with Christ, an intimate relationship of knowing Him, a knowledge of our need for redemption and a humbled life of following Him that ‘keeps’ us from sinning. Because when we are humble before Him, realizing we cannot glory in our own “strength not to sin” but rather that we must allow Him to live through us, by glorying in HIS strength through our weakness (of human nature), only then can we truly ‘live sinless.’ Because only then is it not us living but rather Christ IN us! …yet, the moment we believe or act as if we are able in our own might and will to live sinless, we’ve begun on the slippery slope leading to pride, arrogance, self-reliance and judgement, which is ALL translated to SIN! 😉

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  9. I want to first preface by saying that the following is meant for exhortation and admonishment, not to specifically criticize or judge anyone. But I do this with a loving intention for the benefit of all.
    Here is my take on the negative take on this topic? Why wouldn’t anyone want to be perfect? Why wouldn’t anyone want to strive to be complete in Christ? Why wouldn’t anyone want to know exactly what the truth is in the first place? The question then is, is your heart really in it in becoming a complete wholly Christian that is holy and righteous? Are you just going through the motions of being a so-called Christian? If someone is truly serious about living for Jesus, then you would want to know everything there is that is required of you to achieve that? The word ‘Christian’ is to be Christ like! The gospel tells us to be like Christ, to emulate Christ, to have the mind of Christ and to be without sin as Christ was without sin. Therefore, we will become perfect(ed) like Christ when we make ourselves obedient to the Word and pray for understanding of His Word and commit ourselves wholly. After all, Jesus is coming for His bride, which is the ‘church’, the ‘body of Christ’, all the saints, Ephesians 5:27 “That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.” The words, ‘spot’, ‘wrinkle’ and ‘blemish’ are all types of sin. The ‘glorious’ church, that should be ‘holy’ speaks of being without sin in order to be holy and to become glorious. I suppose those people that ‘think’, ‘feel’ or ‘believe’ that you can never be perfect, simply are not serious enough, are not dwelling in Christ and not having the Holy Spirit. These people are not wanting it bad enough, just want to take the easy way of doing things, without giving up too much of what they still love to do in the ways of the world. 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.”
    1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    1John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
    1John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
    1John 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.
    How can anyone debate against or say that you cannot be perfected in Christ when these Scriptures say otherwise? It comes down to choice, are you really in and committed or just a bystander sometimes participating? Have you heard of the “ham and egg breakfast” plan? The chicken was just a participant while the pig was committed!
    In 1John, you will see how great and powerful the love of God is. If indeed you are walking in Christ, which means, ‘you are living a holy and righteous sinless Christian life’, otherwise, Christ will vacant your temple the moment you regress and fall into sin. Read the whole chapter of Romans 8.
    Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service.
    Romans 12:2 And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
    1John 2:15 Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him.
    1John 3:6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
    1John 3:7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
    1John 3:8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
    1John 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.
    1John 3:24 And he that keepeth his commandments dwelleth in him, and he in him. And hereby we know that he abideth in us, by the Spirit which he hath given us.
    1John 4:12 No man hath seen God at any time. If we love one another, God dwelleth in us, and his love is perfected in us.
    1John 4:13 Hereby know we that we dwell in him, and he in us, because he hath given us of his Spirit.
    1John 5:18 We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.
    1John 5:19 And we know that we are of God, and the whole world lieth in wickedness.
    1John 5:20 And we know that the Son of God is come, and hath given us an understanding, that we may know him that is true, and we are in him that is true, even in his Son Jesus Christ. This is the true God, and eternal life.
    Please, take this as a loving constructive exhorting reminder of wanting all people to know the truth in order to be saved! All praise and glory to God the Father and our Saviour Jesus Christ our LORD!

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  10. For a fella who thinks that debating this is “pointless and a waste of time” you sure brought it up again. 🙂 You already know this is a sore subject for so many.

    As a Pastor in a Holiness denomination I have had this argument a million times and I find it all comes back to how people define sin and/or how tied they are to the “I’m OK, you’re OK” way of life. Is it a willful transgression against God? Is it a mistake or misstep? Is it a prideful moment? Can it be a failure to do something instead of a purposeful action? Is there a sin of ignorance? Yeah, I know scriptures from all sides abound. I can show you scriptures that explain a sin can be committed by someone who doesn’t even know they did it. Who can avoid that? My preference is to let God sort that out. We have a just God.

    Modern people have engrained in them from a very early age that ‘no one is perfect’. So when they hear you say that a sinless life is possible their hackles go up and they are ready for a fight. They just know that you are saying that you can be perfect in a worldly sense. The question is can I be perfect in His eyes?

    As you said, arguing with that logic is a pointless waste of time. Instead I point them to Christ as the one who is responsible for any ounce of perfection I have. By myself I have no shot at perfection. Through Christ I am made perfect while He is making me Holy. I must get up each morning and take my cross and follow Him. If I veer from the path I need to work with Him to course correct. But each day I must rededicate to His course.

    Hebrews 10:14 For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. For by one sacrifice he has made perfect forever those who are being made holy. For by that one offering he forever made perfect those who are being made holy.

    If people think that they are going to tighten their belt and get sinless they are doomed to fail. But the closer they get to Christ the closer they will come to perfection.

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    1. Sin, even for the spirit-filled, born again Christian, crouches at the door. Sometimes it slithers under the door, often it rattles the doorknob. We have a long way to go, perfection is only attained after our resurrection and we meet Christ in our glorified state.
      I think President Jimmy Carter had it right when he said “I’ve looked on many women with lust. I’ve committed adultery in my heart many times. God knows I will do this and forgives me.”
      Interview in Playboy magazine (1976), while a candidate for President.

      Did he sin? Yes. My point on this is that God does forgive sin, but Carter says, that God knows he will do this again – this repetition of lust brings up a debatable point.

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