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Can You Sin After You Are Saved? – Romans 6

Before I begin, let me explain the title. I’m not asking should we sin after we are saved. The answer to that question is clearly a NO. I’m addressing the question whether or not we do sin after we are saved. Some people believe we don’t. Some people believe that Romans 6 says we won’t want to sin. Some people, like myself, believe we do sin and continue to sin. This post is in response to someone that has taken the Bible way out of context, so lets look at what the Bible says about sin after being saved.

Examining Romans 6

This book was written by Paul to the church in Rome. It seems to be misunderstood by a lot of people. Paul wasn’t saying that we no longer sin or we no longer want to sin, he was saying that we shouldn’t sin.

  • “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin.” – Romans 6:6

Notice that Paul says “we should not serve sin” but he never says that we won’t sin.

  • “For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.”  – Romans 6:15-16

Again, Paul asked if we should sin, meaning that we are still capable of sinning. He again states that we shouldn’t sin. As Christians, we are not to be controlled by sin, but to control our sin. When Christ was tempted in the wilderness by the devil, He used the Word of God to resist temptation.

We can resist just as Christ did by using the word of God. Just because something appeals to our flesh doesn’t mean we have to give into it. Anybody that tells you that they don’t sin is a liar, plain and simple. Anyone that makes themselves equal with Christ is full of pride, which is a sin, and pride comes before destruction (Proverbs 16:18).

Isaiah Defines Our Problem

  • “But we are all as an unclean thing, and all our righteousnesses are as filthy rags; and we all do fade as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind, have taken us away.” – Isaiah 64:6

Even at our best we are still an abomination before God. That verse in Hebrew refers to a menstrual cloth. Thankfully God was also willing to work it out through the death of Christ.

  • “Come now, and let us reason together, saith the LORD: though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool.” – Isaiah 1:18

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Did Paul Contradict Himself?

Here’s the challenge for those that believe we no longer sin or want to sin after we are saved.

  • “For we know that the law is spiritual: but I am carnal, sold under sin. For that which I do I allow not: for what I would, that do I not; but what I hate, that do I. If then I do that which I would not, I consent unto the law that it is good. Now then it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. For 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. For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me. I find then a law, that, when I would do good, evil is present with me. For I delight in the law of God after the inward man: But I see another law in my members, warring against the law of my mind, and bringing me into captivity to the law of sin which is in my members. O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin.” – Romans 7:14-25

Those verses are a little bit hard to understand, but what they say is: Paul does what he’s not supposed to do and doesn’t do what he is supposed to do. He even says that with his mind he serves the law of God and with his flesh he serves sin. Paul uses present tense and says “serve” instead of “served” which is past tense.

Paul is indeed already saved when he makes this statement, so my challenge to those that believe we don’t sin or don’t want to sin, is to tell me what Paul’s problem was when he wrote this. He must not have gotten your memo.

Do We Sin Without Realizing It?

Someone actually told me that we sin daily but don’t realize it. I’m not perfect and I know it. I also know each and every time I sin. I know when I think a sinful thought or take a sinful action. It seems like this is just a poor attempt at escaping accountability, but that won’t work with God. We are responsible for every thought and every action. I shouldn’t need a verse to back this up, but:

  • “But I say unto you, That every idle word that men shall speak, they shall give account thereof in the day of judgment.” – Matthew 12:36
  • “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” – Romans 14:12

Closing Words

Until next post I’ll leave you with these words:

“Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets are gone out into the world.” – 1 John 4:1

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  • Michael says:

    Brother Dion, the meaning of I John 3:6 in the original language is, “Whoever abides in Him does not sin habitually…” The Apostle John is not saying you’ll never sin after coming to Christ. He’s saying that if and when you do, it will be the exception and not the rule for your lifestyle.

    if you say we can’t sin after we come to Christ, that forces you into the logical fallacy of explaining the sins of Christians (including the Apostles) as A) they weren’t ever Christians to begin with, or B) they didn’t actually commit sin after all.

    You also have to explain away verses like Galatians 5:4, Revelation 2:4-5, and I Corinthians 10:12. If it’s not possible for a Christian to sin, why are those verses included in God’s holy Word?

    March 14, 2014 at 5:17 am
  • Minister Fortson says:

    Let me ask you this, have you broken any one of the 613 commandments since you’ve known Christ? Or are you saying that those things are no longer considered sin after we become Christian? You make a really good point, one that I admit I’m torn between because as Christians we are not under the Law. I think I’ll post your response as a blog subject because it is a really good observation. Thanks.

    April 21, 2011 at 5:33 am
  • Bro. Dion says:

    i disagree…how could u kno God and keep on sinning? 1 John 3:6 clearly says “Whoever abides in Him DOES NOT SIN. Whoever sins has neither seen Him nor known Him.”…..wit dat…how can u truely b saved but yet still b in the world???…American Christianity teach us that we can be save and still sin and to just ask 4 forgiviness afther ur done…dats crazy….the bible does not teach that mess

    April 20, 2011 at 9:52 am
  • Joyce says:

    Agree with you, Sir. Christians will continue to sin–even when they would rather not. The problem is we have 2 natures, the old, that still wants to sin, and the new, which would prefer not to sin. “If we say that we have no sin, we decieve ourselves…..” (I John 1:8) Thank God, we have Jesus who is consistently faithful to forgive us our sins in an ongoing basis (I John 1:9) But this is not license to sin when we feel like it. Paul said ,”Should we continue in sin? God forbid!” (Rom. 6:1–2) Great discussion since there’s a lot of confusion out there!

    October 13, 2009 at 12:15 pm
  • cindy fisher says:

    Dear brother… i like what you say and “speaking bible” only and not what man wants to hear. I been going to a spirit filled church and all that you been saying witneses to my spirit… where i say yes and amen!! God bless you, and through twitter please come into agreement with me that lives will find Jesus through your teachings and get born again. Thats whats it’s all about anyway right? Jesus and having eternal life? I thank God for you… your sister Cindy in Jesus.

    October 9, 2009 at 6:07 pm

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