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Christians And The Truth About Sin
Christians are dead TO sin (Romans 6:2). Paul taught that we as believers are dead to the sin nature or the adamic nature. Literally, Christians are free from the enslaving power of the sin nature and we are; by God's power, enabled to overcome the propensity of our sinful nature by God's grace through faith (1 John 5:4,5).
The relationship one is privileged to have with Jesus Christ is deeper than any relationship the human mind has ever or could ever realize.
Salvation by God's grace gifts the Christian with the mind of Christ and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit which is both personal and perpetual. One of the most important aspects of God's grace is the gift of inseparability (Romans 8:38,39). This is why the thought or possibility of a true Christian continuing in sin is unscriptural (Romans 6:1,2). As a believer, you can be sure that the Holy Spirit will be assertive within your spirit when confronted with a situation or decision that would take you outside the will of God for your life and His glory.
If you are truly saved, you will find yourself gravitating to the Word of God for counsel, comfort, direction and instruction? 1 Peter 2:2
Sincerely, Dr. Arthur Belanger
Christians In Sin. What God Says?
The apostle John taught in his first epistle that born again believers will not continue in sin (1 John 5:18b). Therefore, is it possible for a Christian to live in a continued pattern of sin which reflects a disposition to behave in a manner that grieves the Holy Spirit internally and corrupts one's testimony externally?
The short answer is no. Why?
The Bible offers no pattern or precedence that would even suggest the possibility. It is true, however, all Christians struggle with their sinful nature and in many cases, are in bondage to their sinful inclinations. Christians will not obtain sinless perfection in this life. Yet, the scriptures also records Christians sinning against God. With each recording; God chastens His rebellious children using consequential principles to the point of their repentance and freedom from the bondage of their sinfulness. King David is a classic example and the parable of the prodigal son also demonstrates God's work in the life of His redeemed children in a parental context.
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