By Oscar Mink
To present the Biblical teaching relative to the “Born again” person’s pursuit of holiness. Also to refute a popular and prevalent error in present day teaching which declares the saved person to be above sin, and beyond the possibility of sinning. Listed below are some of the most frequently used Scriptures (Misused, if you please.) of the contenders of sinlessness, in the flesh.
I John 3:9 “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.”
“O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body off this death?” (Romans 7:24).
The advocates off sinless eradication in the flesh place themselves in an insolvable dilemma. If one cannot sin, he cannot fall away and be lost, and if he can not be lost, he is eternally safe, and secure. On the other hand if a person is lost, he is lost as a result off sinning, therefore that person was not above sin, nor was he ever at anytime free from the possibility off sinning.
I John 5:16 “If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask (Pray), and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. there is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it.” (See also Matthew 20:21-22)
IN THIS TEXT WE EXPRESSLY COMMANDED TO PRAY FOR A SINNING BROTHER.
The life, and obedience of Jesus Christ is the saint’s standard of holiness. I Peter 1:16 “Because it is written. Be ye holy; for I am holy.” Sinlessness is perfect holiness, and it is most illogical to seek something which you already possess. Yet, Paul wrote to the Hebrew Christians, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” (Hebrews 12:14). Let us not accuse the Holy Spirit off such vanity, as to instruct the child of God to seek something he already possesses.
All the saved are called unto holiness, “That we should be holy and without blame before Him in love.” (Ephesians 1:4b). The truth is, the more nearer the saved person draws unto God, the more he is caused to see the awfulness of his old nature, and he will all the more bemoan the fact of his failings, and his inability to conform to God’s perfect standard off righteousness. Philippians 3:14 “I (Paul) press toward the mark (sinlessness – holiness) for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus.” It would have been foolish of Paul to say he was pressing toward a “mark” which he had already crossed.
The Epistles of the Apostle John were written to Christians (I John 2:1), and he says, “If we (Pronoun “we” including himself) say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves (self-deception is the most stubborn kind), and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1:8). “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.” (I John 1:10).
Based on these two single verses off Scripture (I John 1:8 and 10) the conclusion can be drawn that the advocates off sinlessness eradication in the flesh are:
1.) Self deceived
2.) Void of spiritual truth
3.) Charging God foolishly by making Him a liar
4.) In great and urgent need of hearing the gospel, for John says “God’s word is not in them.”
Job 9:20 “If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse.”
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