Re: Sinning as a Christian = sinner?
I did not realize he had done this. I apologize for the oversight. I probably should have read more carefully
The problem we have to focus on is the curses he's been speaking out against any brother/sister of his who are in Christ and stumble against the flesh and commit a sin.
I agree that temptation will always be there, but there's an old saying that the birds will fly overhead, just don't let them build a nest in your hair. Yet I do claim to be sinless. I am just saying that we never have to yield to temptation, though you already know that. I also agree with you because of the fact that I realize that even if we get the lusts of the flesh wrapped up through the grace of Christ, we still have to ever be on guard against the sins of the spirit like spiritual pride, self-confidence, judging others in our hearts, complacency, etc. I tried to demonstrate this in my posts as well
None of us can be sinless... we all can avoid/overcome lusts and sin through Jesus, but we can NEVER be sinless. The lusts are ALWAYS in the flesh and to be sinless means that those lusts are NOT IN THE FLESH. To believe that ALL lust is removed and a person is sinless, that they will NEVER again have to deal with any lusts of the flesh... to believe this means they are deceived.
This point must be STRESSED... otherwise, others who are reading through this thread may be deceived also.
satan WANT'S Christians to believe that they are sinless because then they don't HAVE to actively submit to Jesus to help them avoid/overcome their flesh I agree. The power of the flesh has been destroyed, but our will has not. So we need to daily submit our will to Christ.
That, we cannot allow to happen. Yes, I see your point.
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.