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Jennifer H MacRae Howie August 18, 2018 at 3:40 pm

I’m not too sure many Christians DO want to know this, but they certainly need to know it. Without an awareness that we still sin we have no need to confess our sin and, therefore, no way to receive God’s mercy. We enter by Jesus’ righteousness and continue in our own. Thank you, Sir, good article.

Jack Wellman August 18, 2018 at 5:30 pm

Thank you for the encouraging words Jennifer. Love you pointing out God’s mercy.

Betty September 10, 2020 at 3:14 pm

We are saints. Not sinners. We are dead to sin. Even when we fall short it does not undo what Christ did on the cross. If we believe we are sinners we dilute the power of the blood. Read 1john 3:9. No one who is born of God will continue to sin..they have been born of God. Im sure they do t mean we are perfect. But we must know our identity. Rise up as saints. Kings. Queens.

Jack Wellman September 11, 2020 at 10:56 am

Hello Betty. I disagree and so do the Bible with your opinion. The Bible (not me or you) says “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God” (Rom 3:23), and “There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not on” (Rom 3:10-12). Solomon’s wisdom understood that “there is no one who does not sin” (1 King 8:46) so either I believe you (you are not a sinner) or I believe the Bible. Clearly the Bible is right and you are wrong, so have you stopped sinning? Do you never sin anymore? If so, either you are in heaven or you are God who does not sin. Humble yourself and admit you are a sinner…I sense your pride is clouding your judgment of Scripture for you are a sinner like all mankind. the 1 John 3 is “those who continually sin” is the best translation but you need a good study Bible for you are in great error and I pray you are not teaching others this heresy. 1 JOhn 1:8, & 10 says “If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1If we say we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us.” so you are in serious error as you can read from Scripture. Your opinion does not match the Word of God.

Norm Toler March 29, 2021 at 10:48 am

I noticed that of all of the scriptures you quote that these scriptures are conspicuous by their absence—-1) “WE ARE the righteousness of God IN Christ.” 2 Corinthians 5:21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God. Also this one—->“But now apart from the law the righteousness of God has been made known, to which the Law and the Prophets testify. This righteousness is given through faith in Jesus Christ to all who believe. There is no difference between Jew and Gentile, for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and all are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus” (Romans 3:21-24).

This view still being a sinner is in my view a dangerous dichotomy bordering on a kind of schizophrenic or bipolar condition in the Christian walk.

Jack Wellman March 29, 2021 at 1:32 pm

Hello Mr. Toler. What is dangerous is to think (as you do) that you are not a sinner any more which means you don’t sin anymore, so that’s like calling God a liar (1 John 1:8, 10) so I suggest a good study Bible and look into this more diligently. Do you not sin any more? Don’t you sin even after being born again? Christians are both sinners and saints. All human beings are sinners because we are born in sin. But not all humans are saints. According to the Bible, a saint is not someone who has done wonderful things, nor is it someone who has been deemed a saint by a church or organization. The word translated “saint” in the New Testament, hagios, literally means “sacred, physically pure; morally blameless or religious; ceremonially consecrated; holy.” In the context of New Testament passages, saints are those who belong to the body of Christ, saved by grace through faith (Ephesians 2:8–9). In other words, saint is another word for a Christian, a true believer in the Lord Jesus Christ.

It is a clear biblical truth that all are born in sin and all have a sin nature. Scripture says that God created humankind originally good and without a sin nature: “Then God said, ‘Let Us make man in Our image, according to Our likeness.’ . . . God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them” (Genesis 1:26–27). However, Genesis 3 records the fall of Adam and Eve, and with that fall sin entered into the two previously sinless creatures. And when they had children, their sin nature was passed along to their offspring. Thus, every human being is a sinner.

Saints, on the other hand, are not born saints; they become saints by being reborn. Because we have all “sinned and fallen short of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23), we are all in need of spiritual rebirth, without which we will continue in our sinful state throughout eternity. But God, in His great mercy and grace, has provided the (only) means for turning a sinner into a saint—the Lord Jesus Christ, who came “to give His life as a ransom for many.” When we confess our need for a Savior from sin and accept His sacrifice on the cross on our behalf, we become saints.

There is no hierarchy of saints. All who belong to Christ by faith are saints, and none of us are more “saintly” than our Christian brothers and sisters. The apostle Paul, who is no more of a saint than the most obscure Christian, begins his first letter to the Corinthian church by declaring that they were “sanctified in Christ Jesus and called to be saints, together with all those who in every place call upon the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 1:2, emphasis added). In this verse, hagios is translated “saints,” “holy,” and “sanctified” in different Bible versions, leading to the unmistakable conclusion that all who have ever called upon Christ for salvation are saints, made holy by the Lord. We are all “fellow citizens with the saints and members of the household of God” (Ephesians 2:19).

We are not saints because we have been declared to be saints by a church, nor can we work our way to sainthood. Once we are saved by faith, however, we are called to certain actions befitting our calling as saints of God. “But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: ‘Be holy, because I am holy’” (1 Peter 1:15–16). Saints are not sinless, but the lives of saints do reflect the reality of the presence of Christ in our hearts, in whom we “live and move and have our being” (Acts 17:28). What is dangerous to me is the pride that some say “I’m not a sinner” or “I’m no longer a sinner” while the godly man, the Apostle Paul said he was the chief of all sinners. Please repent of this prideful view of yourself. We are sinners yet saved, but only when we pass thru the veil will we be saved to sin no more. Read the Word more closely. And your words betray a bitter spirit in you as you said those who believe we still sin are “a dangerous dichotomy bordering on a kind of schizophrenic or bipolar condition.” Are you a doctor? Have you a degree in phycology? Your harsh words as such are very un-Christ like my friend. Please repent of this bitter attitude you have.

Carol Uren February 8, 2021 at 5:46 am

Thank you for this. One of my sons shocked me by announcing that because he’s saved he’s no longer a sinner. He goes to a church where they, apparently, have ‘apostles’ so I assume he’s getting this heresy from there. Worrying.

Paul J Fishman March 24, 2021 at 12:44 pm

I have NO choice but to agree with this article. Except for a very few exception, the mass of humanity EVEN us in the Body of Christ have a sinful human nature and each of us at time commit sin by action or inaction. We can even commit sin by NOT going to God in prayer ahead of times of temptation. This especially in Western Cultures is our worst vice.

Jack Wellman March 24, 2021 at 1:41 pm

Very well said Mr. Fishman. What a great and insight comment you left. Truly godly words of wisdom. Thank you sir.

Paul Fishman March 25, 2021 at 6:21 am

Yesterday I had a very bad moment and KNOW I must turn to the Lord again and again. Thank You

Jim May 22, 2021 at 10:39 am

Awesome I love to hear the truth nothing can stand against it and not be exposed of it’s TRUE nature. We still must be changed and that doesn’t happen until the last trump in the twinkling of an eye. Oh what a day that will be

Case July 17, 2021 at 2:10 pm

All of your verses are merely speaking about non believers claiming things, like being without sin, or people like Paul speaking about himself before a follower as to relate to people from his own experiences of being a non follower. What you are claiming is that we don’t have free will, we are sinners and will always be, which is no true at all. Our nature was not to sin. Once man did sin and took on a sin nature God sent His Son to take back and restore what was from the beginning. If our nature was to sin from the beginning then Adam and Eve would not have needed a fruit to sin they would have already been sinning. If your identity is giving credit to satan more
Than Jesus then it is flawed. Either we are slaves to sin or to righteousness and I think we both know what the Bible says about that.

Jack Wellman July 17, 2021 at 2:42 pm

Hello Case. Please read the Bible like in 1 John 1:8, & 1 John 1:10 which is why we need daily confession of sins (1 John 1:9). So you no longer sin? Have you stopped sinning altogether? If so, you should be in heaven. Paul was not referring to before conversion as he said he obeyed the Law so a good study Bible will help you out much my friend to clear up your misunderstanding. Finally, Jesus was not flawed and it was impossible for Him to have any flaws.

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