Romans 7:15 For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. 16If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. 17Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. 18For I know that in me (that is, in my flesh,) dwelleth no good thing: for to will is present with me; but how to perform that which is good I find not. 19For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.
If all sin is willful then how would it be possible for Paul to ever have sinned while doing what he hated and didn't want to do? You say all sin is willful but you have absolutely no scripture to back that up. You can't just make claims like that without being able to back them up with scripture. James 1:14-15 does not say that all sin is willful. You're not recognizing that our will and our flesh are two different things. Paul explained that in Romans 7. We can want/will to do something but our flesh can sometimes have its way instead. If the flesh has its way it doesn't necessarily mean we wanted it to. That's what Paul explains in Romans 7 and what he touches on in Gal 5:16-17 as well.
Again, he said they were "babes in Christ". That means they were "in Christ" but were immature. You are trying to tell me they were not "in Christ" at all, which is a direct contradiction of what Paul indicated. Your view does not allow such a concept as a newborn, immature Christian who begins to grow once they are born of the Spirit. But that concept is clearly taught in scripture. When we are born again we are not born as fully spiritually mature Christians. We have to grow into fully mature Christians and that takes time because it takes time to be taught things by the Holy Spirit.The answer to “Are babes in Christ, in Christ? Only if they are in Christ. Paul said, in my own words, “I can’t talk to you as spiritual, but as carnal, even as unlearned newbies who don’t know any better.”
While in sin, they are not in Christ. You can’t be carnal in Christ.
Do you believe God does everything for you or do you believe you have some responsibility to make an effort to be sinless while He helps you? If the latter then how much of your supposed sinlessness would you attribute to yourself and your own efforts?The Corinthians had “left their first love”. Paul was bringing them back from the abyss to Christ. If not for Paul, they were done for.
We can’t be sinless “by ourselves”. I gave “my” life away that Jesus could live in this temple.
See John 15:13, Luke 9:23, Mark 8:34, Matt 16:24. And John 12:25. “He that loveth his life shall lose it: and he that hateth his life in this world shall keep it unto life eternal.” I hated my life and had it crucified as per Romans 6:3-7.