Is It True That Since All Of Us Sin, It Must Be Okay To Sin?

Many believers seem to have the attitude “Since All Of Us Sin, It Must Be Okay To Sin.” But this runs contrary to what the Bible teaches. For example James 2:10 says “For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.” And II John 9 says “Whosoever transgresseth, and abideth not in the doctrine of Christ, hath not God. He that abideth in the doctrine of Christ, he hath both the Father and the Son.”

Instead of settling for spiritual mediocrity, our goal should be to live perfectly – that is what we are commanded to try for by I Pet 2:21-22 “For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:  Who did no sin, neither was guile found in his mouth.”  None of us will reach that goal completely, but it is sinful not to try.  And we should repent everytime we fail – Acts 8:22, I John 1:9.

Rom 6:1-2 makes the same point this way “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound?  God forbid.

We had a caller to the Bible Crossfire radio program on June 24, 2018 express a perfect example of this philosophy – everybody sins therefore it is okay for me to sin.  Because of his misunderstanding of Matt 18:9, he thought I didn’t do what the Bible said in that instance, therefore it was okay for him to ignore what the Bible said in whatever cases he chose.  I run across this idea quite frequently – since nobody does all of what the Bible says, then I don’t have to obey the parts of the Bible I don’t like or don’t agree with.  Their mistake is assuming that nobody out there is trying to obey all of God’s word.

It is true none of us live perfectly our whole lives without sin, but we can and should do what the following Old Testament saints did …

I Kings 9:4 And if thou wilt walk before me … in integrity of heart, and in uprightness, to do according to all that I have commanded thee, and wilt keep my statutes and my judgments

Gen 6:22 Thus did Noah; according to all that God commanded him, so did he.

Dan 9:4 O Lord, the great and dreadful God, keeping the covenant and mercy to them that love him, and to them that keep his commandments

Deut 5:29 O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear me, and keep all my commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever!

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