Paul's Passing Thoughts

No, I Did Not Sin!

Posted in The New Birth by Andy Young, PPT contributing editor on December 23, 2015

“Did you sin today?”

We hear this one a lot. What do you say to that?
As a believer, this is what I say:

“No, actually I didn’t!”

Not only does it really torque them off, but it is a metaphysical truth! As far as my justification is concerned, not only did I not sin, but I CANNOT sin! My justification made my old man dead to the law, and there is now no law to condemn me. That was John’s point in 1 John 3:9,

“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.”

Once we are on the other side of justification, any “sin” we may commit is really just a failure to show love. It is failing to use the law to show love to God and others. This DOES NOT CONDEMN (Romans 8:1), but it does welcome God’s chastisement as a father would correct an erring child.

But this is what happens when the religious establishment fails to make that distinction: EVERY sin becomes a condemning sin requiring some perpetual reapplication of Jesus’ “atonement” and obedience to the law (progressive justification). Is there any wonder then why “Christians” live in constant fear of not having assurance of salvation?!


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  1. coralceleste said, on October 23, 2021 at 2:19 PM

    Well. I sort of agree with this. I don’t think it’s possible to NOT sin. However, I do agree that God forgives them if we ask forgiveness and directs us in the way which we should go.


    • Paul M. Dohse Sr. said, on October 23, 2021 at 4:08 PM

      You missed the point of the article altogether and interpreted it through an under law/under condemnation prism. Your answer reveals a belief that you are still under condemnation and when you fail to love God and others, you have to return to the cross for forgiveness of present condemning sin. That’s a false gospel. The new birth changes our relationship to the law. In the article, Andy even makes the distinction between the law’s relationship to God’s children and possible chastisement versus condemnation under the law.


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