Re: Sinning as a Christian = sinner?
My friend, this verse does not mean that if we commit one single act of sin after being converted that we are hopelessly lost. It means if we continue to sin presumptuously and turn away from Christ then there remains no more sacrifice for sin, because His is the only sacrifice that takes away sins. Regarding whether or not true Christians ever sin at all, please read the following passage.
Originally Posted by PJW
Galatians 2: 11 But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed . 12 For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come , he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.13 And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.14But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews ?
Would you say that the actions of Peter and Barnabas were sinful in this passage? This was after the day of Pentecost.
So you see, a Christian may stumble, but the difference is that a real Christian will not remain in their sins, they will repent of them, confess them, receive cleansing, and get back up and run the race instead of lying there in the mud.
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.