The answer is “yes.” I’m not happy to say that, but the Bible does say that, so that settles it.
We read in I John 1:8: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Then add to that the last verse of the First Epistle of John. I John 1:10: “If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us.”
Even the most godly Christian sins occasionally — in thought if not in deed, in omission if not in commission. The God-given antidote is I John 1:9: “if we confess our sins, He is faithful and just forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.”
But there is a danger if we use such verses as an excuse for sinning or for taking sin too lightly. If the question is asked: “Can a Christian not sin?” Then the answer is, yes. God indeed, in Christ, has made every provision necessary for a believer never to commit sin, and we are without any legitimate excuse whenever we do.
This must be so for at least two reasons. In the first place, Jesus Christ, in His humanity, is our example. He “was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin” (Hebrews 4::15). He accomplished this, not because of His deity, but solely in His humanity.
Secondly, God has commanded us not to sin, and He would never command us to do the impossible. For every temptation, there is a way of escape (I Corinthians 10:13). And we have no excuse if we fail to take it that way of escape. Our only recourse is to repent and confess the sin.
I John 2:1 commands us not to sin. That verse reads: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that you sin not, And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the father, Jesus Christ the righteous.”
This verse also reminds us that Christ is our great advocate before the Father. He is righteous and has already taken our sins away as our propitiatory sacrifice, so “the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanseth us from all sin” (I John 1:7).
This is for the Believer, the one who has turned from sin to Jesus Christ the Savior.
If you have a Bible question write to Pastor Lenard Huebscher, 12721 75th Street North. Stillwater, MN, 55082 or call 651-430-3132. www.stillwaterbaptist.net