The Claim: Christians are sinners, and will never be able to overcome their sinful nature. Every one of us sins hundreds of times a day, and there is absolutely no way to stop.
What the bible says:
Stand in awe, and sin not. (Psalm 4:4)
“Therefore, O king, let my advice be acceptable to you; break off your sins by being righteous, and your iniquities by showing mercy to the poor. Perhaps there may be a lengthening of your prosperity.” (Daniel 4:27)
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? Certainly not! (Romans 6:1-2)
We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. (Romans 6:6, NLT)
The sting of death is sin, and the strength of sin is the law. But thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Christ Jesus. (1 Corinthians 15:57)
Blessed is the man who endures temptation, for when he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life which the Lord has promised to those who love Him. (James 1:12)
I, therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you to walk worthy of the calling with which you were called. (Ephesians 4:1)
“If you love me, keep my commandments.” (John 14:15)
Abstain from every form of evil. (1 Thessalonians 5:22)
Awake to righteousness, and do not sin; for some do not have the knowledge of God. (1 Corinthians 15:34)
For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me free from the law of sin and death. (Romans 8:2)
“Therefore, if the son makes you free, you shall be free indeed.” (John 8:36)
The Verdict: BUSTED!
The born again believer has been given all authority over the power of the enemy (Luke 10:19), and has been made free from not only the consequences of sin, but the power of sin itself (1 Corinthians 15:55).
Now this doesn’t mean that if you sin, you are going straight to hell. John tells us we don’t have to sin, but if* we do there is forgiveness:
My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may sin not. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. (1 John 2:1)
People tend to make mistakes. Proverbs doesn’t say “a righteous man never falls”; it says “a righteous man may* fall seven times, but rises again” (Proverbs 24:16). If you slip up, just confess your sin as John instructed and start living right (1 John 1:9).
But the fact remains: sin has no power over you. So, just as Jesus told the adulterous woman, “GO AND SIN NO MORE.”
Note: Notice how the bible uses phrases like “may sin” and “if you sin” as opposed to “will sin” and “when you sin.” According to God, sin is a choice, not a destiny.
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Hey Garrett! I’m working on building a new blog site right now, writing about business lessons that can be derived from sports. I’m definitely moving it over to WordPress – I have used SquareSpace for a couple other sites and it’s simple to build but also limited in its capabilities, especially for building email lists.
My question is who do you currently use for your email subscription/auto-responder service? I had tied a MailChimp account to my SquareSpace one but it never seemed to work quite right (user error, I’m sure). But many of the blogs I subscribe to seem to use AWeber.
I enjoy reading your posts – thanks for continuing to put out awesome articles.
Have a great Friday!
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Garrett, I really enjoyed your post! It makes me sad that many preachers will actually tell you it is ok to live in sin. They are not pointing people to the savior, but away from him! He died to free us from our sins. Not let us die in bondage to them! This goes well with my verse of the day post. Thanks again, God bless!