Originally Posted by DeafPosttrib
Perhaps it is not saying that..
After all it is addressing FALSE TEACHING..
What is sin in this passage? ἁμαρτία -hamartia - to miss the mark or that which is done wrong.
When we are born of God that is the correct way for righteousness.
1 John 3:9 supports secure salvation..
7 Little children, let no one lead you astray; he who is doing the righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous, ( what is doing the righteous? Belief on Christ is doing the righteous)
8 he who is doing the( missing the mark on being righteous ), of the devil he is, because from the beginning the devil doth ( missing the mark on being righteous ); for this was the Son of God manifested, that he may break up the works of the devil; ( the Devil is always about human effort to produce some form of false righteousness thru works.. The NOSAS mind set is one that is based on works... therefore it is not doctrine of God.)
9 every one who hath been begotten of God, ( missing the mark on being righteous ) he doth not, because his ( GODS) seed in him doth remain ( therefore he is righteous ), and he is not able to (to miss the mark on righteousness), because of God he hath been begotten ( we have the same righteousness that God has ).
10 In this manifest are the children of God, and the children of the devil; every one who is not doing righteousness ( because we have been born into the righteousness of God we are able to do righteous), is not of God, and he who is not loving his brother,
If one is not born of God then they are not righteous..they have missed the mark, they have done it wrong.
To state this means Christians can not sin, is to really just read a translation rather than to dig into the verse and its doctrine.
To use this as a excuse to support in-secure salvation, is danger.
Side note.. not sinning is a incorrect way for salvation or to keep salvation... salvation is never gained or made perfect thru the flesh.
3 Are you so foolish? Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?
Salvation is thru the spirit, it is never gained or KEPT thru effort of the flesh.
Paul calls such a mind set of 'perfection thru the flesh ' as thoughtless.. or foolish.