The “Everybody Sins” Argument

This is a popular argument sinners use to justify their own sin. There are different variations of it but it goes something like this, “Everybody sins, including Christians”. They say this in an attempt to normalize sin and to show that Christians are hypocrites for preaching about repentance because they also sin. In their mind this in turn justifies their own sin and gives them an excuse for not repenting. What does God have to say about this? Let’s explore the Bible and find out.


Can Christians Sin?

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.

1 John 5:18

This scripture verse in the Bible tells us that Christians do not sin,

“Sinneth not….. Hold on a second! I have known of Christians to sin”, you may say.

If we read more of the verse It tells us why or rather how a Christian could stop from sinning and live a life free from sin. The person that is begotten or born again of God “keepeth himself”. Because of this Satan is not able to touch him. If we go all the way back to Genesis we will see that God took Adam and placed him in the garden to dress it and to “keep it”.

What does it mean to keep? To keep means to guard. The soul of a man or woman that is born again is like a garden. There is a snake in the garden. There is a pest. You must be on guard and watch at all times. If you can do this you can keep yourself from sinning. That is what this scripture is saying. It does require work and effort on the part of the Christian. You cannot be on auto pilot or unaware of what is going on around you.

This does not work if you are not born again however. You do not have a garden. Your so called garden is full of thorns and rocks and is a desert. Read the parable of the sower and the seed to learn more. The first thing you must do is repent and accept Jesus into your life by faith through grace in Jesus Christ. Repentance is mandatory. Then afterwards, as a sign of the old man dying and you becoming a new creature in Christ you need to get baptized.

Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for his seed remaineth in him: and he cannot sin, because he is born of God. 

1 John 3:9

This is also another requirement to keep sin out of your life. Seed in this scripture verse is referring to the word of God. A lot of people over look this mandatory and important piece of information. This is not new information however. This is also found in the Old Testament.

Thy word have I hid in mine heart, That I might not sin against thee.

Psalm 119:11

This is the key to overcoming sin in your life. It is spoken of in the Old Testament and then in the New Testament. A Christian is supposed to be feeding on the word of God throughout the day every day and is to always be on guard. I can write a book about this topic but for the sake of time I’ll simply add that power is needed. The word is a seed. A seed is dead. Jesus is the word. Jesus never worked alone. You do not rip apart the God head. The power of the Holy Spirit is required. Jesus, the word walked in the overcoming power of the Holy Spirit, so should we. He will give life to that word in our heart. Therefore prayer is required. The more the merrier. I gave you the extreme short version of why the Holy Spirit and prayer is required.

Christians that Sin

You might say,

“Since the Bible tells us that Christians cannot sin, Christians themselves are a contradiction to the Bible and therefore prove it is wrong.”

I would then respond with, “How do Christians overcome sin according to scripture?”

The Bible tells us they could not sin because they were doing something. That something is keeping themselves which means being on constant guard. Also they were reading the word and staying prayed up. If a Christian does sin it does not contradict scripture. Therefore logically if they are not doing some or all of those things or lets say they are doing them but half heartedly then they would fall into sin.

The Bible does talk about backsliding. The Bible also tells us to walk in the spirit to overcome the works of the flesh. The book of Romans was written to a church that did not understand that they were required to do certain things after conversion to keep themselves from sinning. If the requirements are kept a Christian can keep sin away. That is what the Bible is saying. These Christians doing these “things” cannot sin. However if a Christian stops doing these things temporarily or permanently, the Bible tells us they can and will sin.

There is a ministry to save the lost. There is also a ministry to the church. The letters to the Romans, Corinthians and others were written to the church.

Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.

Galatians 5:1

This is telling us that if we have been made free from sin through Christ, we can also fall back into the bondage of sin. It is also telling us that we must do something in order to prevent us from going back into sin.

But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified.

1 Corinthians 9:27 -NKJV-

Paul has to overcome the sinful desires of his flesh and keep them under subjection. We know through scripture that he can do this by reading the word, praying and walking in the Spirit. If he does not then he will fall into the very sins he is preaching we can overcome and be free from. That would disqualify him. How can you preach freedom from sin if you are bound by sin?

if my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.

2 Chronicles 7:14

This gives us hope if we do stumble and fall into sin. Although this was spoken to a backslidden people and not someone that committed a one time un-continual act it still applies.

My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:

1 John 2:1

Christians are not to continue in sin. If they do stumble they are to repent from it and move on from it. This is not the same as perpetual sin or continuing in sin. Any Christian that is continuing in sin needs to repent of that sin and cut it out of their life.

Perpetual Unrepentant Sin

There is a difference in stumbling and stepping out in sin temporarily then repenting immediately or soon afterwards versus living in unrepentant continual sin. The Bible tells the Christian that if they stumble, they have an advocate with the father. They can come to God, repent, stop doing the sin and get it forgiven. Acknowledging that Christians do sometimes sin does not justify anybody in their own sin. It does not matter if that person is in continual sin or has sinned once, they must repent. If you are an unbeliever you are also called to repent.

 26 For if we deliberately continue to sin after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, 

27 but only the terrifying prospect of Judgment, of raging fire that will consume the enemies.

Hebrews 10:26-27

Paul tells the church at Corinth that they must purge sin from their church. In other words they must kick out those that are unwilling to repent. Those that are willing should repent and completely forsake their sin. Sin is not something we should tolerate or wink at. Just a little sin can spread and ruin a church.

1 It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father’s wife. 

2 And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you. 

3 For I verily, as absent in body, but present in spirit, have judged already, as though I were present, concerning him that hath so done this deed, 

4 in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, when ye are gathered together, and my spirit, with the power of our Lord Jesus Christ, 

5 to deliver such an one unto Satan for the destruction of the flesh, that the spirit may be saved in the day of the Lord Jesus.

1 Corinthians 5:1-5

Some have made the false assumption that 1 Corinthians 5:5 means that Satan will kill the body yet the spirit will go to God in heaven while the person is continuing in unrepentant sin. That is not what this verse is saying. It tells us that the church, the Christians are to deliver up this person that is sinning over to Satan whom will destroy them in the flesh. This is a punishment. When God punishes us it is always to bring us back into a right relationship with him. This is meant to drive him back into a right relationship with God. It is meant to bring him into a state of repentance. Satan’s attacks will cause him to turn back to God.

Comparing Yourself to Others Will Not Excuse You

You cannot justify your own sins because of someone else’s sins. If everyone is doing it you do not get a pass. Everyone will stand before God and give an account for their own actions and not the actions of others. When Jesus brought the sins of the Pharisees to light, instead of repenting they would accuse Jesus of being a sinner himself.

4 But let every man prove his own work, and then shall he have rejoicing in himself alone, and not in another. 

5 For every man shall bear his own burden.

Galatians 6:4-5

You are responsible for yourself. If others fall or rise, if others sin or turn to righteousness you are responsible for yourself. Your rightlessness or the righteousness of others cannot and will not justify you or save you.

10 For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ. 

11 But I certify you, brethren, that the gospel which was preached of me is not after man. 

12 For I neither received it of man, neither was I taught it, but by the revelation of Jesus Christ.

Galatians 1:10-12

Cease ye from man, whose breath is in his nostrils: for wherein is he to be accounted of?

Isaiah 2:22

We Will Give an Account for Our Own Deeds

Judging an entire group such as Christians from the outside (you do not know them all nor their hearts individually), piling them all into one pile and making a false claim that all of them are in continual unrepentant sin will not justify you in the eyes of God.

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.

Romans 14:12

Let’s hypothetically pretend every single Christian alive today is living in unrepentant sin. Each and everyone of them will answer to God and give an account for themselves. You will also do the same. You cannot point your finger at anyone else. No one will be your scape goat.

For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

2 Corinthians 5:10

And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Revelation 20:12

You will stand before God and you will be judged according to the Bible. You will not be judged according to what the world believes. You will not be judged according to what the Church believes or according to any theology, opinion or belief. God is not going to use anyone’s commentary. You will not be judged according to what the Catholics believe or according to what the protestants believe.

You will be judged according to what the Bible says. Do not let anyone spoon feed you. Get into the Bible and study it out for yourself. You should know the Bible better than anything else on the planet. This will be the most important day of your entire existence. Literally everything hinges upon this day. Don’t take anyone’s word for it.

Jesus is the Mark

Jesus Christ alone is our model of righteous living. He is our one and only role model. We are only allowed to compare ourselves to him. You are not supposed to be trying to keep up with the Kardashians, you are supposed to be trying to keep up with Jesus.

You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.

Matthew 5:48

This may sound like a tall order since we are all far from perfect. Perfect in this verse means “wanting nothing”. It is similar to James 1:4. This verse however uses God as our example. It tells us that we are to be like God rather than human or something else.

But let patience have her perfect work, that ye may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing.

James 1:4

It does not say be perfect as the pastor is perfect or as your spouse or as some celebrity is perfect. The Bible tells us that all have fell short of the glory of God. It also does not tell us to be like Mary. Mary is the mother of Jesus. Mary is a human being. She was greatly blessed but she is not our example. We are to be like God himself. Jesus is part of the God head. Jesus tells us in the scripture that if you have seen him then you have also seen the father.

Be ye followers of me, even as I also am of Christ.

1 Corinthians 11:1

All of the references in the Bible that refer to a believer following or being like another human believer it is always as that believer themselves follows Christ. Jesus Christ is our shinning example. The Bible is telling us that they are leading the way and we are to follow in their footsteps to be like Christ.

It is like a game of follow the leader. You have a line and you hold onto the person in front of you. Jesus is at the front of the line. Jesus is head and is leading us all. If the person in front of you falls out of the line such as your pastor, your spouse, or some celebrity preacher you admire you are supposed to stay in the line. You do not go with them. You can only do this if you are following Christ. If you are instead following after them then you will fall out of line with them. In other words you need to read the Bible for yourself and do not rely on being spoon fed.

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; 

2 and walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.

Ephesians 5:1-2

We are to follow God. Jesus is our example. It is through Christ that we know how to be the man or woman that God wants us to be. Even the shepherds which are the pastors are required to follow and be like Christ.

All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.

Isaiah 53:6

The world likes to mock Christians and call them sheep because they blindly follow Christ. However the opposite is true. Look at what the Bible is actually saying. The bible is not telling us that we are like sheep because we follow Christ. It is telling us the opposite. We, all of humanity is like sheep because we have strayed from God. It is true that this specific verse is referring to Israel. There are other references in the Bible where others are also referred to as sheep. They are not sheep because they follow Christ but rather because they leave him and stray from him.

I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance.

Luke 5:32

Jesus never said that he came to call the believer or the religious person but rather the sinner to repentance. A sinner is anyone that makes a practice of sin. It is someone that has unrepentant sin.

He that covereth his sins shall not prosper: But whoso confesseth and forsaketh them shall have mercy.

Proverbs 28:13

Jesus is calling for all of us to repent and to follow him. You can make things right with him. It is not about the church or the Christians or anybody else. Jesus wants a personal relationship with you. If you repent of your sins and confess them to Jesus, then follow him you will find love and forgiveness.

Neither is there salvation in any other: for there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved.

Acts 4:12

Salvation is through Jesus and Jesus alone.

Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.

John 14:6


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