Sinless Christians

I’ve been wondering whether it’s possible for a Christian to become mostly sinless.

Now, I’m talking about born-again believers here. Jesus-followers.

In his book “The Grace Awakening,” Chuck Swindoll said many of us are taught that “we’re only human,” and “we can’t  help but sin.” And this is what we’re being taught after we’re saved. Swindoll disagrees. He asserts that it is possible to become less and less prone to sin as we become more and more spiritually mature. He says teaching to the contrary dismisses grace altogether, negates the purpose of the Holy Spirit…

I read Ezekiel 36:26-27 last week, and I’ve been thinking about it and going back to it ever since.

What do you think?

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7 thoughts on “Sinless Christians

  1. glasseyedave says:

    What does John say?

    (1 John 3:6 NIV) No one who lives in him keeps on sinning. No one who continues to sin has either seen him or known him.

    (1 John 3:7 NIV) Dear children, do not let anyone lead you astray. He who does what is right is righteous, just as he is righteous.

    (1 John 3:8 NIV) He who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work.

    (1 John 3:9 NIV) No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God.

    (1 John 3:10 NIV) This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not a child of God; nor is anyone who does not love his brother.

    Sounds pretty straight forward to me.

  2. Arius says:

    In my humble opinion, I would have to disagree with Swindoll. Sin is a subjective position-only validated through theological discourse.

    Without sin, progression is stunted at the root. I think of sin the way I perceive the what is beyond good and evil-endless maturation of infinite wisdom.

    Man has giving sin a bad name.

  3. treyka says:

    Dave, thanks for commenting. It sounds straight-forward to me too. Why do you think there’s teaching to the contrary?

  4. treyka says:

    Thanks for commenting Arius. I think you and I disagree fundamentally though: It seems you question whether sin is evil, or even relevant. This is a question it never occurred to me to ask; as a Christian, my post was based on the understanding that this question has already been answered…

  5. Arius says:

    Interesting statement:

    my post was based on the understanding that this question has already been answered…

    As seekers of this thing called truth, humanity does not possess the affordability to assume what the majority has consumed as rightness-we must question the very foundation of what has been taught in a Socratic fashion.

    You do know we can receive the right answers to the wrong questions without properly excavating the crux of the aspect.

    But hey; in the end, our beliefs are based on self benefit or the lack thereof.

  6. glasseyedave says:

    Treyka,

    Much of the church refuses to believe what was left behind by those who had a clear picture of The Gospel According to the Gospel. They moved in a power we do not posses, in a conviction we do not have and a righteousness we do not want.

  7. treyka says:

    I disagree with you Arius. It’s a bit difficult to understand you–seems a little like you’re talking in circles! But I absolutely believe some things are absolute and that there are wrong answers to the right questions. I find most people who object to the Bible as a whole have done so outwardly based on arguments and standards they wouldn’t apply to anything else in life, and inwardly because God doesn’t fit in their box–He doesn’t “behave.”

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