Tagged: Sin

Can a Saint sin?

Recently, someone on the internet said that once a man is justified, he becomes a saint and can no longer sin willfully. This is a Reformed doctrine which comes from a misunderstanding of St. Paul’s Teaching that salvation is “not by works.” But that is all it is, a misunderstanding. Read more…

You’re a secret “works salvation” believer, aren’t you?

ERIC May 16, 2015 at 8:43 pm
I said that you wouldn’t understand, and you didn’t. I don’t get the impression that you even tried.

Eric, you said you wouldn’t want to be caught without the ability to sin in case you need it. Here are your words:

ERIC May 16, 2015 at 3:52 pm
You’re missing the point of the ability to “sin bravely.” It’s like an insurance policy. It’s always there even though we never expect to use it. We hope it’ll never be needed, but we wouldn’t want to be caught without it either…..

What are you doing? Storing up wrath for the day of judgment? It makes no sense to cherish the ability to sin.

Romans 6:2
God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?

Regenerate Christians spend their energy avoiding sins, not reveling in the notion they can commit as many as they want.

Nor cherishing the ability to sin for the day they need it. Why in the world does one need to commit sin? In order to go to perdition?

In 1992, the U.S. put together the “Dream Team” in basketball for the summer Olympics. It included such luminaries as Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, and Michael Jordan. They won by an average of 44 points.
No matter how badly any of them would have played, no one would have dropped them from the team. Bird averaged only 8 points per game. Jordan went 4 for 19 from three-point range. No one came close to suggesting they should be sent packing. But there was no “Antinomianism” going on.

Did any of them intend to miss those points?

Do you think they were storing up bad games for the time they needed them?

There is no comparison between those players and the person who stores up sins for the time they need them. A better comparison would be a boxer who takes a fall for money or a basketball player who misses shots in order to win money on his own games.

No was trying to miss free throws or commit turnovers or foul out. They COULD do so without fearing dismissal. But that’s simply not what the game’s about!

Well, we who believe that the elect can be assured of their salvation would say pretty much the exact same thing: “Sinning that grace may abound” is not what our life in Christ is all about!

Lol! My, my, my. You’re a secret “works salvation” believer, aren’t you? What you have just described is “merit”. What you are saying is that those folks have so much merit stored up in their basketball treasury, that they would not be condemned by the basketball divines for any games wherein they played poorly.

And, you are insinuating that Calvinists have so much merit stored up in the heavenly treasury that God will look the other way when they commit sins that they feel they need to commit.

Either that, or you’re simply saying that it doesn’t matter what the Elect do, God will save them. But that contradicts the example you gave of Bird and Michael and Magic. Because they earned their Elite positions.


De Maria

Romans 3:23, Romans 5:12 and the similitude of Adam’s sin

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Romans 5:14  Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses, even over them that had not sinned after the similitude of Adam’s transgression, who is the figure of him that was to come.

These two verses troubled me for some time.  Many people are aware of Rom 3:23 and repeat that verse endlessly.  All have sinned, they say.  But reading a little bit more into Scripture, just two more chapters, it says “even over them that had not sinned”.

Are there some people who have not sinned?  Of course!

There are many people who claim that infants have committed sins.  But I’m of the opinion that some people are incapable of sin.  Children in the womb, for instance.  I believe that life begins at the moment of conception.  And at the moment of conception, the human being is a one celled organism.  In my opinion, it is impossible for that soul to commit any sin.  And we know that they die because women lose their babies at those tender ages very frequently.  Whether it be of natural or unnatural causes.