Are We Born Sinners?
Bro. Mike Miller
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Are you teaching "sinless perfection"?
As long as there is temptation there will be the possibility of sin. Until we leave this world of sin we will be subject to temptation and there will be a continual battle. To say that we will never lose a battle is to be presumptuous. However, with the Holy Ghost of God living inside us sin shall not have dominion over us. We are no longer slaves to our lusts and the pressure of a sinful world. “Greater is he that is in you than he that is in the world.” (1 John 4:4)
The GREATEST difference that sets true Christianity apart from ALL the other religions of the world is the deliverance from sin and its guilt. None of the eastern religions offer true forgiveness or deliverance from sin. Islam certainly does not offer deliverance from sin. None of the pagan religions even seriously consider the matter of sin. ONLY Jesus Christ, through repentance and faith in Him offers genuine forgiveness and deliverance from sin. It is a mystery to me why people who claim to be true Christians would want to give up the major thing that testifies to the truth of our gospel? When you remove true deliverance from sin in THIS PRESENT WORLD from your system of beliefs you are left with nothing more than all the other religions offer.
You may say, “Jesus rose from the dead, and that is what sets Christianity apart.” Yes, He rose from the dead, but if He isn’t risen in your heart and reigning in your life those are empty words to an unbelieving world. The PROOF that He is risen is the new creature you become when you are born again and have the resurrected Lord living in your heart. Otherwise, his resurrection is of no consequence or value as far as you are concerned.
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. – 2 Cor. 5:17
We are not teaching sinless perfection, and those who continually make this accusation against us are simply being dishonest. But anyone who would consider living without sin to be somehow wicked is off their rocker, in my opinion, and in light of the Bible. Certainly their thinking is twisted and affected by some ideas that are plainly contrary to the overall teaching of the Word of God. Living without sin should be the desire of every person who is truly born again.
But the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day. – Prov. 4:18
But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord. – 2 Cor. 3:18
That ye may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world; – Phil. 2:15
This is the point of contention
that should shock at least some people to their senses about this matter.
The doctrine of original sin has so warped their thinking that I have heard
some say with a smirk, “Well, according to what you believe it would be
possible for someone to be born, live a life without sin, and not need to be
saved!” That is simply a straw man argument because the Bible is clear that
ALL have sinned – there is NONE righteous, no not one. The only one who ever
was born on this earth and lived a sinless life was the Lord Jesus Christ.
We are standing on the Word of God here and people who make statements like
that are just in a mental merry-go-round and can’t seem to get out. Their
thinking is not sound because it is so affected by the deception of the
doctrine of original sin.
Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. – Psa. 24:3-5
The old doctrine of the Wesleyans
and Nazarenes known as “sinless perfection” speaks of a second work of grace
whereby you are freed from the possibility of sinning ever again. That is so
preposterous I don’t understand how anyone could believe it. As long as we
are in a world of sin, we are subject to temptation. As long as we are
subject to temptation there is the possibility of sinning. We do not teach
“sinless perfection” and those who make that accusation know we do not. They
are trying to deceive others about what we believe. They know very well how
“sinless perfection” is understood and they know what people assume when
they tell them that we are teaching that doctrine.
Your glorying is not good. Know ye not that a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump? – 1 Cor. 5:6
This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come.2For men shall be …despisers of those that are good, – 2 Tim. 3:1-3
Jesus said about the Holy Ghost:
And when he is come, he will reprove the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgment: John 16:8
The first work of the Holy Spirit
is to reprove the world of sin. If what you are preaching and teaching has
the opposite effect you are working against God! How can you expect God to
work on sinners while the message you are preaching is contradicting what
the Holy Spirit is saying to him? You should be doing all you can to
discourage men from sinning. Of course, when you do that others will say you
are preaching “sinless perfection.”
Next part: Romans 7 (coming soon)