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
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
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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