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25 February, 2014 14:37

February 25, 2014

SAVED SINNERS?

The Hymn writer C Austin Miles had it right when he penned the words to

There’s A New Name Written Down In Glory. Listen to his first verse;

I was once a sinner, but I came

Pardon to receive from my Lord.

This was freely given, and I found

That He always kept His word.

Miles was testifying to the fact that he was once a sinner but that he was no longer such. Why is it that we so often hear people say that they are “saved sinners”. That’s tantamount to calling yourself an honest liar or a righteous thief . You can’t be saved from sin and yet living in sin at the same time. Some believers even have as their confession that they sin every day in thought word and deed. The Devil can’t improve on that type of confession.

It seems the Church has more confidence in the Devil’s power to bind than in God’s power to loose. If sin has dominion over us then we have little or no understanding of the great power of grace to deliver. Are we still slaves or sons? Were we rescued from the kingdom of darkness and transferred into the Kingdom of His dear Son or not?

Just this morning I was reading an older book based on The Epistle of 1 St John. Here is what I read:

1. Christians are not sinners, because they have found a remedy for the disease of sin.

2. Christians are not sinners, because they have found that the blood of Jesus ‘reaches deeper than the stain of sin has gone.’

3. Christians are not sinners, because a complete price was paid for their redemption on Calvary’s cross.

4. Christians are not sinners, because there has been fulfilled in them this experience: ‘Greater is He that is in you, than he that is in the world.’ (1John 4:4)

5. Christians are not sinners, because Christ’s purpose in coming into the world was to save from sin.

6. Christians are not sinners, because they have changed masters. Whereas they once served Satan and lived in sin, now they serve Christ and are lifted above the sin level.

For those of you who are still not convinced, perhaps it is time for you to read once again the story of the lame man who Jesus healed and then told him to go ‘and sin no more’ or the woman caught in adultery who was also told ‘go and sin no more.’

Isn’t it time that we aligned our theology with the Living Word of God rather than parroting off

a lifeless liturgy about having to sin every day in thought, word, and deed?

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. Bonnie permalink
    February 25, 2014 3:24 pm

    I agree that we are no longer sinners, just like someone who struggles with alchol or homosexuality can say they have been cleansed. But how can we validate the reality of still having struggles in these areas and still seeing ourselvs as free? How does one help those with the truth of no longer being a sinner but still sin and the closer they get to God the more sin they see?

  2. March 19, 2014 2:54 pm

    Bonnie, I believe we will always have temptations (Lets not forget that our Lord Jesus was also tempted but did not sin) in regards to old childish things that trapped us into sin. Satan roams around like a lion seeking who he may devour, it is important not to give into worldly lusts. When temptation arises we are to take those thoughts into captivity and not give into the flesh.

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