Re: Whoever has been born of God does not sin
I agree with this post. Good answer.
Originally Posted by daughter
When I first came to the Lord, I was struggling with tobacco addiction, and I started to doubt my salvation because of this verse, ( also because I was struggling with other things as well, which I eventually overcame.) We had a missionary that served in Brazil come to my church giving an update on the work, and I was troubled and discouraged, and the devil was hammering me hard. After the service, I talked to my pastor and the missionary about it, and he pointed out exactly what you said Daughter. He also told me that the Lord did want me to quit smoking, because tobacco could be something the devil might use to try to trip me up to fall back into using drugs, but he told me that just because I was struggling with tobacco it didnt mean that this verse applied to me, ( what a relief). He said he had confidence that I would receive the victory over this addiction. A very short time later, I had a vision in my mind showing me the drugs, the alcohol, the foul language, etc that the Lord saved me from. As I looked upon each thing, it faded into nothingness, and it made me think of how the Lord had removed those things from my life. Then I saw a giant pack of cigarrettes, ( I kid you not) and that quickly began to fade away, and I realized that the same God who delivered me from other addictions would deliver me from this one. ( Perhaps He already had, but I hadnt appropriated the victory yet.) I can't remember if I quit then and there, or a short time later, but I havent smoked in 24 years. Praise God!
Anyone who says they never sin doesnt understand what sin is. Sin is not only the bad things I do, it is also the things I don't do that I should. If someone says they never sin, that means they think that they are absolutely perfect in obedience in every way. I cannot speak for everyone else, but I am not absolutely perfect in obedience at all times, though I strive to be, and when I notice an area that I fall short in, I am grieved and run to God for forgiveness, cleansing, and power to repent. I think that is what John meant. Someone who is born of God loves God, and cannot remain in a sinful lifestyle because it is contrary to their nature, the new nature that loves God. I cannot commit adultery because I love my wife, so in the same way if I truly love God I will not toy with sin and take it lightly. If I sin and have no qualms about it, I think it is an indication that I do not truly love God, and I need to repent and get right.
A sheep may fall in the mud, get dirty and need to be washed, but I don't think you will ever see a sheep wallowing in mud like a pig. It is contrary to the sheeps nature. In the same way, wallowing in sin is contrary to a true believers nature, and as long as we are in the Spirit we will not fulfill the lusts of the flesh. It is true we must guard against hardening though. That is why one of the last things John says is "My little children, keep yourself from idols." The new birth does not make sin and backsliding impossible, but it makes it such that there is no reason why we should or that we have to.
In conclusion, I think that what John is saying is that if a person claims to have been born again, but yet show by their actions that they have not repented, their profession is not genuine.
1 John 1:7- But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.
2 Corinthians 7:1- Having therefore these promises, dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God.