Myth or Real: Christians are Perfect
It seems to be a trend of society to think that when one becomes a Christian, there will be a supernatural change and expectations of what we say and how we act are raised to a point of perfection. While there is a supernatural change, it resides in our hearts, and just as James suggested, those around us should see it in our lifestyle.
“As the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without deeds is dead.” (James 2: 26 NIV)
But is it possible to be perfect? Once we have accepted Christ as our Savior, will we always “do” the right thing? What if we’re sick or just so exhausted we don’t feel like doing anything? And are we immune to temptations of the flesh?
“No temptation has overtaken you that is not common to man. God is faithful, and he will not let you be tempted beyond your ability, but with the temptation he will also provide the way of escape, that you may be able to endure it.” (I Corinthians 10: 13 ESV)
The Bible tells us God will always give us a way out of temptation, but I can speak from experience as a child of God, I’ve still faltered. If Christians are perfect, and I’ve failed, would that negate my position in salvation?
Just as God has given us the Gift of Jesus to accept or reject, He has also given us the free will to choose our paths. If we claim perfection, John pretty much puts us in our place.
“If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” (I John 1: 8 ESV)
When choosing a path of sin, however, a Christian should experience conviction. David wrote about how it feels.
“I confess my iniquity; I am troubled by my sin.” (Psalm 38: 18 NIV)
What I like about this verse is that, not only does David feel guilt, but he also confesses his sin. When John wrote to Christians, he told them to do exactly that.
“If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” (I John 1: 9 KJV)
If Christians were sinless, there would be no need to confess anything. But we do, and when we do, we hurt our relationship with God, because He is perfect. To restore that relationship, confessing and repenting is the only thing we can do. Because Jesus did everything else needed on the cross of Calvary.
“In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace…” (Ephesians 1: 7 NIV)
Myth or Real: MYTH