The following written by a brother in the Lord.
“You cannot live without sinning! The Bible says the wages of sin is death! We all die, and this is proof that we all sin.”
The Bible is a book that is from cover to cover against sin. If the Bible says explicitly that we can live above sin, then we must believe that it is possible through the grace of God and the empowerment of the Holy Spirit. First we should examine the premise of this argument. Are the wages of sin death? Yes they are! Is it true that if we were to live without sinning we would not die? No it is not! The logical fallacy is that this is proven by the Scriptures but no one can seem to find where! Let’s take a look at our first parents to see why this is wrong.
Adam and Eve were told by God that they could eat of any fruit in the garden except the tree of knowledge. They were warned that in the day they ate from it, they would die! Satan comes along and tempts Eve and says, “In the day you eat thereof, you shall not surely die!” Notice that God says the wages of sin is death, and the devil says that “you shall not surely die.” Also notice that God says “the wages of sin is death” and the Eternal Securist sides with the devil and says, “you shall not surely die.” The devil is a liar! But wait! Did they die in “the day” they ate thereof, as God said? Not physically, but spiritual death was immediate! What happened after that is that God removed them from the garden in order that they could no longer eat from the Tree of Life. You see, even it we were to be sinless, we are still under the curse of the fall, we have no access to the Tree of Life. The logical fallacy of their argument is that it is not based in any fact. The Scriptures tell us why the righteous still die, and it is not because of sin.
Is the whole purpose of this argument for the necessity of sin supposed to prove that Eternal Security is an essential doctrine? Or is it an excuse for sin? Is Eternal Security popular because it is a license for sin? I believe that many times it is! Matthew 1:21 tells us, “his name shall be called Jesus, for He shall save His people FROM their sins.” If he cannot save us FROM our sins, He is a failure, His death was in vain, and His mission defeated! 1 Jn 2:1 says, “My little children, I write these things to you that you may not sin, (have one occurrence of sin. Gk.) 1 Corinthians 10:13 tells us, “No temptation has seized you except what is common to man. And God is faithful; he will not let you be tempted beyond what you can bear. But when you are tempted, He will provide a way out so that you can stand up under it.” It sounds like there is no excuse one can offer up to God FOR sin! Titus 2:14, “Who gave Himself for us, that he might redeem us from ALL iniquity, and purify unto himself a peculiar people, zealous of good works.” We are saved for a purpose! Jesus spoke, “Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever commiteth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son shall therefore make you free, ye shall be free indeed.” John 8:34-36. Free from what? The slavery of sin! To the woman at the well, Jesus said, “go and sin no more.” John 8:11. Doesn’t God promise to aid us and then command us to “sin no more”? Does He command and promise impossibilities? Instead of fighting against holiness, follow the injunction of Paul and, ” Awake to righteousness, and sin not.” 1 Cor. 15:34. Follow the example and promises of Scripture and not the discouragement and failure of men! We can believe the Scriptures, or we can believe the doctrine of Eternal Security which denies these Scriptures, which in essence, is unbelief.
Logic would tell us that if the Bible says that we should not sin, there must be a provision and the capability not to sin. Where there is capability, there is responsibility. If we are not capable by the power of the Holy Spirit to avoid sinning, then we must conclude several things:
The first is that we must question the accuracy of honesty of God. If we are commanded in Scripture not to sin, and we are promised that He will not allow us to have more temptation than we can handle, then we must say that God has lied or the Bible is not the Word of God.
Secondly, if these promises and exhortations are impossibilities under the dispensation of the gospel, then we must conclude that God is unjust to damn anyone that commits a transgression that they could not help but to commit. They could not do otherwise because God made them that way! If God must “cover-up” these violations with “Eternal Security,” then He is either too weak, or unwilling, to deliver us from our bondage here and now. And if sin does not affect relationship here and now, then we can justly say salvation from sin in heaven is not necessary or essential to the nature of God, nor can we have any reason to believe that He has any more power or resolve to deliver us in the future than He has right now. According to the doctrine of Eternal Security, God must not really be all that opposed to sin. For a “holy” God to make a way of salvation that provides for continued sin in the believer while they are living, and to withhold the power to deliver them from sin to a time where only the dead can witness it, is to defy common sense and logic.