Re: Sinning as a Christian = sinner?
So just because Peter didnt consider it sin, it's not a sin? I know people who think that lusting after a women is not a sin, ( "...you can look as long as you don't touch...) but it's still a sin because Jesus said so. This is the thing. You think that all sin is deliberate, and every sin is committed with full knowledge of it's sinfullness, so if someone sins in ignorance, ( or self delusion more likely), you say it is not a sin. I would say that any time we have to rationalize something, find an excuse for it, or justify it in our own minds, it most likely was sinful. We, (even Christians ) have powerful defense mechanisms, you know. That's why we need to stay in the Light, abide in the Light, and walk in the Light. So that makes righteousness and obedience an objective truth, not subjective. Righteousness is what God says it is, and ignorance and self delusion is no excuse. That's why the scripture says if you see a brother overtaken in a fault, restore Him in the Spirit of meekness, lest you also be tempted.
“If” an error of understanding leads to an action later deemed to be sin, it wasn’t sin to he who did it, at the time of the “offense”. Like Peter’s problem in Gal 2:16-17. I don’t consider that a sin because if Peter would have considered it sin he wouldn’t have done it.
Peter acted in fear and out of a respect of persons, because Peter was not perfect. He is now though.
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.