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Q. What is sin?

A. Sin is a choice to do wrong when we know to do right. Sin is a rebellious choice against God's truth as expressed in His Word, the Bible. James 4:17 says, “Therefore to him that knoweth to do good and doeth it not, to him it is sin.” 1 John 3:4 states, “Whosoever committeth sin transgresses also the law; for sin is a transgression of the law.” Sin is not a substance in the blood or in the body that can be transferred from one person to the next. Sin is a wrong motive. Sin is a wrong choice. Sin is the breaking of the law of love. Sin is a crime. A person who sins is called a sinner. People become sinners when they officially sin the first time.

Q. How does a person commit sin?

A. We commit sin when we are tempted and begin to lust to fulfil selfish gratifications. At the moment we begin to lust, we are guilty of sin - and spiritual death sets in. James 1:14-16 describes the complete process: “But every man ist tempted when he is drawn away of his own lust, and enticed. Then when lust hath conceived it bringeth forth sin; and sin, when it is finished, bringeth forth death.” Lucifer was the first being (angel) to sin and he persuaded 1/3 of the other angels to do the same. Later, Adam and Eve sinned in the garden too. Neither Lucifer, the 1/3 of the angels nor Adam and Eve were born sinners, had inborn sinful natures or were created that way. They were all originally morally innocent yet created sin all by themelves as mentioned above in James 1:14-16. All men, after Adam, that were born outside of the garden, have followed in the same bad example and have sinned at least once (Romans 3:23; 5:12) except Jesus Christ. He never sinned.

Q. Is temptation sin?

A. No. Scripture teaches we can overcome temptation by the choice of our will. Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, was tempted just like all people, and yet overcame each temptation by remaining obedient to the truth He had learned. (See Matt. 4:1-11 and Luke 4:1-13) 1 Cor.10:13 tells us, “There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” God's way of escape is reminding us of His truth, so that we are strengthened to stand against any temptation to sin.

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Q. Is a person born a sinner?

A. No. Since God defines sin as a choice based on knowledge of right and wrong (see #1), then no baby can be born a sinner. It has no knowledge developed within it yet, and could not choose to obey or disobey the truth of God. In addition sin is a moral (spiritual) choice and cannot be transmitted physically from the parent to the child. Ezekiel 18:20 tells us, “The soul that sinneth, it shall die. The son shall not bear the iniquity of the father, neither shall the father bear the iniquity of the son: the righteousness of the righteous shall be upon him, and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon him.” Romans 14:12 says, “So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.” We read in Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned (not were born sinners) and come short of the glory of God;” Isaiah 7:16 and Romans 9:11 both indicate that a child must learn right and wrong over a process of time.

Q. Then is a baby born holy, righteous and perfect?

A. No. Holiness, righteousness and perfection also came by choice. We must choose to obey God's truth as we learn it. A baby is born into this world in a state of moral innocence and is yet not morally accountable. In Mark 10:14-15 Jesus is blessing innocent children (not little sinners) and saying concerning them, “for of such is the kingdom of God.” God doesn't bless anyone in a state of sin.

Q. If God doesn't bless the sinners, does He hear (answer) the prayers of sinners?

A. No. John 9:31 states, “Now we know that God heareth not sinners: but if any man be a worshipper of God, and doeth his will, him he heareth.” Psalm 66:18 confirms this. Isaiah 59:1-2 says, “Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear: But your iniquities have separated between you and your God, and your sins have hid [his] face from you, that he will not hear.” The only prayer from a sinner that God does hear is one of humble repentance in turning towards God. Romans 10:13 proclaims, “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”

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Q. Must all past sins be forgiven before a person can receive God's salvation through Jesus Christ?

A. Yes. ALL SIN SEPARATES US FROM GOD. He cannot have fellowship (or relationship) with anybody in sin. Therefore the sin problem must be taken care of before we can have a relationship with God. In the Old Testament sin was covered by animal sacrifices - blood atonements. In the New Testament Jesus Christ gave His life as the final sacrifice for sin. Scripture teaches that through his blood atonement all past sin is forgiven and removed from a person's conscience. David's Psalm 32:5 says, “I acknowledged my sin unto thee, and mine iniquity have I not hid. I said, I will confess my transgressions unto the LORD; and thou forgavest the iniquity of my sin.” Proverbs 28:13 tells us that, “He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: but whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.” Isaiah 55:7 also confirms, “Let the wicked forsake his way and the unrighteous man his thoughts: and let him return unto the Lord, and he will have mercy upon him; and to our God, for he will abundantly pardon.” The sinner must repent (choose to turn away from sin) in order to receive Gos's mercy and salvation. Colossians 1:13-14 tells us that only the believer in Jesus Christ has “redemption through His blood, even the forgiveness of sins.”


Q. To maintain a relationship with God, must a Christian stay free from sin?

A. Yes, of course. We read in Romans 6:1-2, “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?” Again in Romans 6:12-14 Paul admonishes believers to, “Let not sin therefore reign in your mortal body, that ye should obey it in the lusts thereof. Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God. For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace.” 1 John 1:5-7 tells us, “_. . . God is light, and in Him is no darkness (sin) at all. If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness (sin), we lie, and do not the truth: but if we walk in the light, as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanseth us from all sin.” John writes in 1 John 2:1, “_My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. . .” Also in 1 John 3:6 we read, “Whosoever abideth (stays, remains and continues) in Him sinneth not. . .” Contrapositive logic teaches us that anyone who commits a sin, than, is not abiding (staying, remaining, and continuing) in God. John repeats in 1 John 5:18, “We know that whosoever is born of God sinneth not; but he that is begotten of God keepeth himself, and that wicked one toucheth him not.” This does not mean that a Christian cannot ever sin again: only that he does not remain in sin – or doesn't sin every day in thought, word and deed, as many wrongly believe and defend.


Q. Is it possible for a Christian to lose his salvation through just one sin?

A. Yes. 1 John 3:8 says, “He that committeth sin is of the devil. . .” and Romans 6:16 confirms this with, “Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servents to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey: whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?” Romans 6:23 follows with, “For the wages of sin is death. . .” (spiritual separation from God). Matt. 6:24 tells us that no man can serve two masters at the same time. If we sin (once) we have ceased serving God at that moment and separated ourselves from His kingdom. Satan and the angels lost their relationship and position with God through one sin. After Jesus Christ started His church, Annanias and Sapphira lost their relationship and position with God (and their lives) through one sin. God's position on sin has never changed from Old to New Testament. A person becomes a sinner through one sin – whether he was a Christian moments before or not. The 18th chapter of Ezekiel, verse 24, gives us understanding of God's view of sin, “But when the righteous turneth away from his righteousness, and committeth iniquity, and doeth according to all the abominations that the wicked man doeth, shall he live? All his righteousness that he hath done shall not be mentioned: in his trespass that he hath trespassed, and in his sin that he hath sinned, in them shall he die.” Throughout the entire Bible God demonstrates that one sin brings death. IF CHRISTIANS DO NOT UNDERSTAND THIS, THEY ARE BUYING INTO THE SAME LIE EVE DID – AND DECEIVING THEMSELVES.

Q. What must a Christian do if he sins?

A. 1 John 1:9 tells us, “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” James 5:19-20 speaks to Christians that, “Brethren, if any of you do err (sin) from the truth, and one convert (turn back) him; Let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death. . .” The Christian who sins must repent of that sin and confess it before God in order to receive forgiveness and cleansing. In John 8:11 when the women was caught in adultery and brought to Jesus, she was told by Jesus to “go and sin no more.” It is the same for us. If we sin we are to repent, ask forgiveness, and “go and sin no more.”

Flames Hellfire JESUS HATES SIN Heb 1:9 Flames Hellfire

Q. Is it possible for a true Christian to fall away from God forever?

A. Yes. Jesus told his disciples in Matt. 5:13, “Ye are the salt of the earth: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be salted? It is henceforth good for nothing, but to be cast out and to be trodden under foot of men.” He repeated this admonition in John 15:2, “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit He taketh away…” and again in John 15:6, “If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them unto the fire, and they are burned.” Every New Testament writer warns the church about this. Paul said in Hebrews 6:4-6, “For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost, and have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come, if they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance: seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.” He expands upon this total renunciation of Jesus Christ further in Hebrews 10:26-29, “For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins, but a certain fearful looking for of judgment…Of how much sorer punishment, suppose ye, shall be thought worthy, who bath trodden under the foot the Son of God, and hath counted the bold of the covenant, wherewith he was sanctified, and unholy thing, and hath done despite unto the Spirit of grace?” Along with this “unpardonable sin” which only true Christians can commit, believers can also fall away eternally through sinning and never repenting (apostasy). Words like CASTAWAY, SHIPWRECKED, and PERDITION are used to describe those who have fallen away from the grace of God through Christ.

Q. Is it possible to overcome sin? How?

A. Yes, it is possible! Rom. 12:21 says, “Be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good.” 1 John 2:14 states, “…I have written unto you, young men, because you are strong, and the word of God abideth in you, and ye have overcome the wicked one.” In the Revelation of John, each overcomer in the churches of chapter 2 and 3 receives a promised reward from God. The Greek word for overcome means TO CONQUER, PREVAIL, COME OFF VICTORIOUS. First, an overcomer must be born again - John 3:3 to understand God's kingdom and plan. The believer must then be filled or baptized with the Holy Spirit, who teaches, leads and guides into all truth, and empowers Christians to be bold witnesses - John 14:26; 16:13 and Acts 1:8. Then Scripture instructs us to continue in the faith of Christ, the love of God, and the Word of truth to have an overcoming life of victory. (See John 8:31; Colossians 1:23; 1 John 2:24.)


Q. Does God expect us to walk in holiness, righteousness and perfection in this life?

A. Yes. In the prophecy concerning Jesus Christ recorded in Luke 1:74-75 it is said, “That He would grant unto us, that we being delivered out of the hand of our enemies might serve him without fear, IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS BEFORE HIM, ALL THE DAYS OF OUR LIFE.” Jesus commands, “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect” in Matthew 5:48. Peter tells us in 1 Peter 1:15-16, “But as He which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.” (Ref. Lev.11:44) Paul's prayer for the church in Col. 4:12 is “…that ye may stand perfect and complete in all the will of God.” Hebrews 12:14 admonishes us to, “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.” In the last chapter of the Bible, Rev. 22:11, the Lord says when final judgment comes, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Christians are perfect in heart because their first desire is to be obedient to the Lord. They do not know everything God knows; they make mistakes. But their #1 goal in life is to be a faithful witness and living epistle of the truth of God. Jesus said, “If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him and make our abode with him.” John 14:23

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** The original source of this article is unknown but was re-edited, and revised by the staff volunteers at - August 2011 disconnecting you from sin and re-connecting you to JESUS

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