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There is not a more controversial topic in the body of Christ than the idea which says Christians struggle from time to time with sin. From the moment of someone’s salvation, they are told, and rightly so, that salvation has been made complete because the person has made Christ their savior and they have placed their trust into the finished work of salvation. (Romans 10:9) But do Christians still continue to sin? Or do they merely struggle with sin?

The first question that needs to asked is, what IS sin? By pure definition, sin is an act, whether mental or physical that violates God’s moral law. The word says that “all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” – Romans 3:23. So we know that each of us, believer or unbeliever, all have fallen into sin and come short of God’s perfected glory. But what happens after a person repents of sin and a lifestyle that comes from sin?

Hebrews 8:12 and Romans 11:27 tells us that when we repent of our sins, God does something special and unique that no one else could ever do, he removes our sins and remembers them no more. The fact is, God literally erases our past and we are a NEW creation to God – 2 Corinthians 5:17. So we now know that if we sin, God is faithful and just to forgive us of those sins (1 John 1:9). But that verse has a double meaning. Not only is John referring to sinners, but his main emphasis is to the Christian who is walking in this life of sin and death.

Now I know that there are a surprisingly many who have come to a conclusion which says that once a person becomes a Christian, they are now perfected and have and are become sinless before God. And part of that is true, we are perfected in Christ through the atoning work of the cross. But, this does not mean that Christians are above sin.

There is a saying, “Christians at best are people, and people at best are sinners”. The fact is, Christians are not above sin, nor are they above reproach. The truth is, Christians are imperfect human beings with the same desires, faults and failures as those who are not Christians. The ONLY difference is, Christians have the one thing that those in the world do not have – an advocate. 1 John 2:1 says, “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous”. Do you notice what John was saying? John was making a point to the believer that we should not sin, BUT, if the Christian places his/her trust in God and what Christ did on the cross, they have an advocate to plead their case before the Father. This is the difference and one that we should be ever thankful for.

But do we continue in sin when we are saved? Paul himself dealt with this matter in Romans 6:1 when he said, “Shall we continue in sin so that grace may abound?” His answer in the next verse was no! But notice what Paul was saying, he was asking a question, “Shall we CONTINUE in sin”? The idea is, we do NOT continue in sin, this means, we do not continue walking in the past life that Christ came and died for us, but, we trust in the finished work of the cross in our lives and that we shun sin. This does not mean that we won’t fall or stumble or struggle with sin from time to time, even the word says that we are not to allow sin to have dominion over us. Romans 6:12

The fact is, although there is grace and mercy, this does not give us a right to violate this truth by viciously living a life that makes grace and forgiveness a cheap gift, it is not and those who would use such an excuse to continue in a life contrary to grace as a means to justify their wickedness will not truly receive that free gift of salvation. Struggling with a particular area in one’s life (sin) might be a period of time where it begins to weigh the believer down, they find themselves struggling and they don’t know why? It’s the sin nature at work. Moses stood before Pharaoh and demanded “Let my people go”, when we look at that more with a critical examination we see something more revealing, Moses representing Christ and Pharaoh representing sin and bondage through Satan. Moses went before Pharaoh 7 times, it took 7 visits to set the people of Israel free, how many times will it take to set us free from those areas we struggle with? Only the believer and the Lord knows that answer.

Now, many think or would think that we would advocate a life of sinless perfection and they would be wrong. Even Paul struggled with his own sin nature – Romans 7: 14-20. So if Paul, a man whom God had appointed to preach the message of the cross to the gentile world, could sin or struggle with sin in his life, how much more will we? The truth is, we are NOT above sin! Romans 3:23

What about professed Christians who live in unrepentant sin, i.e., they have no desire to repent of their sins? Are they genuinely saved? The Apostle John stated… “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. 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. In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother” (1st John 3:8-10).

Obviously, we cannot live above sin as long as we are living in this corrupt, carnal, flesh. 1st John 1:8 confirms this, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” No mortal can live above sin (Romans 3:23). So then what does 1st John 38-10 mean? It simply means this–there should be a sincere desire in the soul of every born-again believer to live righteously to please the Lord.

Are any perfect? No. Are any above sin? No. So what then? Are we subjected to sin continuously? Yes!

See that? You are not condemned because you are not above sin, nor are you condemned because you are tempted, nor are you condemned IF you do sin – why? Because there is no condemnation to those who are in Christ! Romans 8:1. Please understand, so many Christians today feel condemnation by many because they have failed and made a mistake (sinned) in their life and then they are told that they are no longer Christians and nor can they ever be used again. This is bad theology and moreso, these are people, usually preachers and pastors who have a controlling spirit and use that control to manipulate weaker believers. The truth is, we will all deal with sin at some point in our lives, it’s impossible not to. And I reject any preacher, pastor or theologian who would argue otherwise!

So what do we do if we fail the Lord? Repent. Remember 1 John 1:9? This is what John was saying, that IF we fail, and we will, then we are to go before the Lord, humbly and earnestly ask the Lord for forgiveness and strength to overcome those issues in our life.

Someone once told me that can a person who has a problem still struggle with personal issues? Yes. The problem is that many times those individuals never allow God to help them overcome those desires, and problems with their flesh. When we do not allow God into all of our lives, then somewhere down the road those problems will surface again and once again those issues will overcome that person and once again that person will fail and they’ll wonder what happened that they went right back into that area of their life? And the reason is it’s because they truly never allowed the cross of Christ access into their life. This is what Paul dealt with when he stated he did things he did not want to do and he found himself doing what he knew was wrong but couldn’t understand why he did them.

Jesus told us many times that in this world we will have trials, tribulation, temptation, but the good news is that he overcame the world and if he could and did overcome the trials of life, so can we.

So yes, we will always struggle with issues in our life, we will struggle in some area of our life with sin and the flesh, but we can honestly know that when we do give in to that struggle and weakness, Christ is great enough to give us grace and mercy to lift us up and help us overcome it, if we ask him to. It’s not by our strength or ability, but it’s by the finished work of Christ on the cross that we receive our strength.

Christopher

christopher152@gmail.com

Comments
  1. dezzwald says:

    Where does one’s salvation stand if they have received Jesus at a younger Age but have fallen away and in a way show no desire to live for God and choose to live with boyfriend and think that it is okay for people to choose a homosexual lifestyle or to think it is okay for life Christians to support that lifestyle?

    • Then they have rejected the truth and there is no light in them. It’s not about just confessing Christ, it’s LIVING Christ daily, following his admonition and word daily. Willful sin is wrong and especially a lifestyle which goes against God.

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  3. huheto says:

    Reblogged this on huheto.

  4. benaiah juma says:

    the presence of the devil and his agents is enough to make Christians fall from living holy lives especially if they do not have a strong anchor in jesus Christ.

  5. benaiah juma says:

    The forces arrayed Christians are the world, the flesh and Satan and his demons, but the bible is the fundamental tool that we can use as a basis for our christian life. Thanks.

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