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Sinless Perfectionism: Are we no longer capable of sinning as Christians?

I’ve been asked about sinless perfectionism, the belief that once someone becomes a Christian, they are no longer capable of sinning. Because they are clothed in the righteousness of Christ, because they are a new creation in Christ, therefore, just as Christ cannot sin, they cannot sin.

This teaching has, at various times, had considerable prominence. There are some branches of Wesleyan, Pentecostal and Keswick thought that teach this. There are several passages of Scripture we can look at that I think make clear this doctrine of sinless perfectionism is incorrect. I believe it to be a false doctrine.

Announcing the Winners of the If God Is Good Booklets Giveaway

If God Is Good bookletHere are the winners from June’s giveaway on Randy’s blog. Each of the three winners will receive a packet of the new If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt? booklets, and one grand prize winner will receive the booklets, as well as a copy of Randy’s book If God Is Good.

Nourishment for the Soul

Ken and Joni TadaJoni Eareckson Tada announced this week that she has been diagnosed with breast cancer. (Read her blog post, written in her typically Christ-centered way.) 

Over the years Joni has become a dear friend to Nanci and me, and we also deeply appreciate her husband Ken. I interviewed Joni and quote from her often in If God is Good, and she is one of the people I dedicated the book to. (She is the founder and CEO of Joni and Friends, a wonderful ministry to the disabled. Check them out at www.joniandfriends.org. JAF is a ministry worthy of support, an investment in eternity.)

Psalm 19: God's General and Special Revelation

Galaxy of AndromedaAs a twelve-year-old, I first viewed through a telescope the great galaxy of Andromeda, consisting of hundreds of billions of stars and untold numbers of planets, nearly three million light years from Earth. I was mesmerized. I also wept, not knowing why. I was overwhelmed by greatness on a cosmic scale and felt terribly small and alone. Years later I first heard the gospel. After I became a Christian, I found that gazing through the telescope became an act of delighted worship.

Pursuing Sexual Purity in Your Marriage

Hands holding white flowerIn my book The Purity Principle, I write about how Christian marriages face the same heartaches, struggles, and frustrations as other marriages, especially in the area of sexual purity. (But we have supernatural resources to deal with them.) The following guidelines for sexual purity in marriage can help you guard your relationship in this vital area.

(And whether you're married or not, sexual purity is inseparable from a committed Christian life. You want to know God’s will? You don’t have to wonder. Here it is, in 1 Thess. 4:3: “It is God’s will that you ...

The Touch of the Master's Hand

ViolinMy wife Nanci helps write and edit lessons for our church’s women’s Bible study. It’s amazing how much time these ladies invest in preparing these lessons, including many hours of direct study of God’s Word. It’s been very enriching for Nanci, and fun to see her at the dining room table day after day with open Bible and reference books.

This morning Nanci mentioned that one of her friends, Carol Klingbile, included a poem as an introduction to a lesson she wrote. I first heard this poem, written in 1921, when I was a young Christian nearly forty years ago, but it’s been off my radar screen for decades.

Movie Trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader

The Chronicles of NarniaCheck out this trailer for The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which will be released on December 10. What do you think of the trailer?

Five Central Teachings of the Protestant Reformation

What does it mean to be a Protestant? These are five of the major teachings of the reformers by which they distinguished their beliefs from those of the Roman Catholic church of their day.

There Are No Prayers Like the Puritan Prayers

Puritan Life

There are no prayers like the Puritan prayers, as you know if you’ve read The Valley of Vision. This is something we’ve bought copies of for friends and pastors. This morning Nanci read one to me that she especially appreciated. I wanted to share it with you. Hope it touches you as it did us.

Giveaway of the Month: If God Is Good Booklets

If God Is Good bookletsIn this giveaway, three randomly drawn winners will receive a packet of the new If God Is Good: Why Do We Hurt? booklets, and one grand prize winner will receive the booklets, as well as a copy of Randy’s book If God Is Good.

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