Shall We Sin?

  See the question. All would answer, "NO!" "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" (First John 3:9). This does not mean it is impossible for us to sin. It means it is inconsistent and incompatible for one who is born of God to continue in sinful ways. "For if we sin willfully after that we have received the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more sacrifice for sins" (Hebrews 10:26). We will have defied the only hope we have.

  We sin in ignorance. We sin because we are untaught. While this explains why we sin it does not justify sinning. But we can sin knowingly and deliberately, having been taught we should not. To deliberately pursue sinful ways in spite of all this could be taking place among us, young and old. Shall we accept this? Indeed not! Shall we sin? The answer is clear.