For all of you ”sinful imperfectionist” saints out there (notice the contradiction of terms?), what sin can’t you stop doing for the glory of God and by the power of the Holy Spirit? Or should I say, what sin WON’T you stop doing? All of your excuses (whether you use them as excuses or not) will fall to the wayside when you stand before God – ”I’m only human,” ”I have a sinful nature,” ”the devil made me do it,” ”God’s commandments are too hard to obey,” ”who doesn’t sin everyday?,” ”I can’t help it,” etc..
If you really don’t believe that you can’t go the REST OF YOUR LIFE without sinning, then I can only conclude one or more of the things below about you:
- Your ”god” is too weak
- Your ”god” doesn’t really want you to stop sinning
- Your ”god” has made it impossible to do what he commands you to do, under threat of eternal punishment not to do it
- What Adam ”did in the Garden” is more powerful then what GOD DID to you when you were born again
- You love your sin more than God and would really rather have it then Him
Oh, and just to address it before it comes up, it doesn’t matter when the ”last time I sinned” was. EVEN IF I sinned a minute before I posted this, it wouldn’t change the facts written above and below (of course I DIDN’T DO THAT). EVEN IF EVERYBODY sinned every second of their lives, it wouldn’t change the facts that are written above and below.
The Bible makes it clear that God commands EVERYONE to stop ALL sinning (Matthew 5:48, John 5:14, John 8:11, 1 Peter 1:13-16). You CAN (notice ability there?) do all things through Christ who strengthens you (Phil. 4:13). God does not let you be tempted beyond what you are able (notice ability again) to bear and provides a way out every time (1 Cor. 10:13). If you walk according to the Spirit, you won’t sin (Gal. 5:16). God’s commandments are not a burden to keep (1 John 5:3-4). If you don’t keep God’s commandments, you don’t love Him (John 14:15), you don’t know Him (1 John 2:3-4), you aren’t cleansed and have no fellowship with TRUE saints of God (1 John 1:5-7) and you are of the devil (1 John 3:8). The Scriptures couldn’t get any clearer friends!
(Thanks to Kerrigan Skelly)