Christians are not liars
Christians are not cheaters
Chirstians are not drinkers of alcohol or strong drink
Christians are not unrighteous
Christians are not unholy
Christians are not stealers
Christians are not any single denomination
Christians are not unbelievers
Christians are not proud
Christians are not haters of men
Christians are not homosexual
Christians are not adulterers or fornicators
Christians are not sinners
Can a Christian commit any of these above acts? Yes. Is He still a Christian if he does? No. Here's why.
A truthful man can lie...but if he lies he is no longer a truthful man.
An honest man can steal...but if he steals he is no longer an honest man.
A sober man can drink strong drink or alcohol...but if he drinks strong drink he is no longer sober.
The same goes for a Christian. A Christian can sin...but if he sins against God he is no longer a Christian.
Christians are not sinners. Christians are not children of the Devil. Christians are children of God and born of the Spirit. Christians are holy and live right because they are "new creations" created by Christ Jesus. Christians do have an advocate for sin, Jesus. "If" Christians do sin they can confess their sins and God will pardon, forgive, and cleanse...again...but the fact of the matter is Christians don't have to sin. They have God-given power to live and do right...All they need is to be taught right. Christians are not religious sinners or part time believers.
The Bible doesn't condone Christian's to sin. The Bible condemns sin and so does Christ. Christians shouldn't sin against God. Christians are saints of God born of the Spirit of God. A Christian is not ruled by sin...but by the power of Divine Grace. Grace is greater than sin. Christians are saved by Grace. Christians obey God because the power of God is greater than sin. Christians are not ashamed in the eyes of God. The heart is made clean and redeemed by the precious blood of Christ. Christians do things pleasing to God. Christians obey God. Christians are morally changed by God's Grace.
Let judgment begin with you...because Christians are not what man determines. Christianity is determined by your faith in Christ and God's operation upon the human soul.
1 Peter 4:16-18...if any man suffer as a Christian, let him not be ashamed; but let him glorify God on this behalf. For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God? And if the righteous scarcely be saved, where shall the ungodly and the sinner appear?
I want to understand what you are saying. If a Christian sins, is salvation lost until it is confessed? Am I overthinking this. I agree with you that we have the ability to say no to sin due to the fact that by the Spirit of God we have been empowered to keep his word. I wholeheartedly agree actually. I am just not sure about how far you are taking "The same goes for a Christian. A Christian can sin...but if he sins against God he is no longer a Christian." Thanks.
Jesus did once for all sin, for all mankind. There is no other sacrifice, it is either accepted or not. Either all sins are already forgiven or they're not. Asking for forgiveness is for person to person. Confess your sins one to another, in other words if I sin against a person, I am to confess it to that person.
Now we must repent which means turn away from or stop doing it.
You are absolutely right a true Christian is not ruled by sin............if you're "trying not to sin" then you are ruled by sin. Because that's what you're thinking about.
I choose to focus on the Word and the Word is Spirit. As long as my focus is on spiritual matters, I don't sin.
Everytime a Jew committed a sin then they had to sacrifice an animal for atonement and then once a year they had to sacrifice one for all the sins of that year. In Christ we no longer do that, because all sins are forgiven once for all and forever. If you think otherwise than that is the teaching of man and the physical (carnal) world. Yes, you will think this is foolishness if you are thinking on a physical level.
5 And ye know that he was manifested to take away our sins; and in him is no sin.
6 Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him.
7 Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous.
8 He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil.
9 Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God.
10 In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. can't be in Christ and have sin in your life that is what the bible teaches