by Pastor Dwayne Edwards
First let me say that I have enjoyed Pulpit Helps for the past 2 years. I am writing today because I must disagree with the title and thought of your article in the January, 2002, issue "Sin Is a Daily Fact of Life" by Spiros Zodhiates. Though I strongly believe we are sinners saved by grace, I do believe that Jesus' death fulfilled the prophesies and brought us freedom from sin-a cleansing (washing away) from sin.
I quote Paul the Apostle's argument in Romans 6:1-"Shall we go on sinning that grace may increase? By no means! We died to sin; how can we live in it any longer?" Also Paul's strong challenge to "live by the Spirit" in Galatians 5:16-25, especially his words in verse 21: "I warn you as I did before, that those who live like this (vs. 19 & 20) will not inherit the kingdom of God."
I praise God for Jesus' blood on the cross that is my "only way" of salvation & freedom, not to sin but to love. I am not naive to believe that a person will not sin once they have received Christ's salvation and cleansing, but my argument has to do with the thought that I sin daily and have no choice in the matter.
I do believe that believers can and will sin, but I do not believe we have to do it daily and have no choice in the matter. I like 1 John 2:1, "...I write this to you so that you will not sin. But if anybody does sin, we have one who speaks to the Father in our defense-Jesus Christ, the Righteous One."
Editor's note: Apologies for the word "daily," which appeared in the headline (written by the editor) but not in the body of the article.