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Christians and Sinners

Posted on April 10, 2020 at 11:25 AM

James writes a scathing rebuke to the 'saints' in his letter calling them 'adulterous people' in 4:4 and 'sinners' & 'double-minded' in 4:8.  Doesn't something sinful remain within us, even though we are covered by the blood of Christ and our sins atoned for?


Are Christians sinners? I have made the point that we are not. Jesus sure seems to make a distinction between being a righteous person and being a sinner.  I contend we were sinners, but heeded the call of Jesus to repent and become righteous. I do have a problem of being called a sinner. James did call someone sinners. We might extrapolate that all Christians are sinners, because we could assume that James is addressing only Christians and that he is calling every one of those Christians sinners. Is he doing that? Who, in fact, is he addressing in chapter 4? The people he calls sinners are also named as killers, covetous people, unfaithful people, enemies of God, and people who had not humbled themselves before God. Some have no problem saying all the readers of James' letter were sinners and Christians at the same time. Are we then ready to say they were all killers, unfaithful, and enemies of God as well? Are we ready to say all Christians today are also? I don’t think so. We can’t just pull out the word “sinner” and not include the other designations.  If James' readers, who he addresses in chapter 4, are sinners, they must also be those other things as well.


I have argued that God's forgiveness covers all of our sins.  All of our sins have been washed away.  I find no comfort in believing that something sinful remains in us.  If that is true, then the blood of Jesus has not worked.  I don't see how we can have a relationship with God if he chooses not to forgive all sins.  After all, it is sin that separates us.

Categories: Erased: God's Complete Forgiveness of Sins

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