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:
8 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. 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.