Can a Christian Sin?

all-have-sinnedThere has been a minor-ish debate that has taken place over the centuries, especially since the completion of the Bible at the Council of Geneva, and it deals with the Christian walk.

In John’s first letter (excluding his gospel), John has this to say regarding the Christian walk:

“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.” (1 John 3:9; KJV)

Now, this brings up a very important question for Christians: if we say we are Christians and we follow Jesus and practice the Royal Law, and then we sin, does that mean that we were never Christians?

Isn’t that what John is saying here?

No, it’s not. Allow me to explain.

When you look at the original Greek for that passage, it is literally translated that anyone who is born of God does not practice sin. As in, it is not a regular occurrence in their life. As was stated in When The Old You Comes Back To Haunt You, we who are in Christ are a new creation.

The old us, the one who consistently sinned and, truthfully, rebelled against God, is dead and gone, and we are to crucify him/her every single day, as the spirit is willing, but the flesh is weak (Matthew 26:41).

However, we must understand that the old us can, and will, come back to haunt us. Christians can sin. But we must not make it part of our daily lives.

We must be willing to fight against the flesh, with the power of God on our side, to make sure it doesn’t come back again.

“I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringeth me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members.” (Romans 7:21-23)

Paul knew the struggle of sin. So did Peter, who, though knowing that Jesus is the Messiah, sinned and denied Him three times.

Sin is a reality in this world. But if we fight it with God’s power and with His Word, we can make it a thing of the past.


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