Are we without sin?

If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us.
I came across a person today that claimed that Mary, mother of Jesus, was given Grace by God so that she chose not to sin for the rest of her life. He claimed she remained a virgin and never died, but ascended into heaven just as Jesus did. He stated it was perfectly ok to pray to Mary to intercede for us, to talk to Jesus for us. The “proof” of that was Jesus first miracle at the wedding when Mary asked Jesus for more wine. Apparently, some people interpret that as an intercession.
This person went on to say that all people have the ability to be sinless; that people can choose not to sin. The reference he used for this argument was when Jesus told the woman to “go and sin no more.”

I believe ALL have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God. (Romans 3:23) We live in a fallen world and have been cursed by Adam’s sin. Genesis 3 gives us the account of God’s punishment for sin.

17 To Adam he said, “Because you listened to your wife and ate fruit from the tree about which I commanded you, ‘You must not eat from it,’

“Cursed is the ground because of you;
    through painful toil you will eat food from it
    all the days of your life.
18 It will produce thorns and thistles for you,
    and you will eat the plants of the field.
19 By the sweat of your brow
    you will eat your food
until you return to the ground,
    since from it you were taken;
for dust you are
    and to dust you will return.”

20 Adam[c] named his wife Eve,[d] because she would become the mother of all the living.

21 The Lord God made garments of skin for Adam and his wife and clothed them. 22 And the Lord God said, “The man has now become like one of us, knowing good and evil. He must not be allowed to reach out his hand and take also from the tree of life and eat, and live forever.” 23 So the Lord God banished him from the Garden of Eden to work the ground from which he had been taken.

We are cursed to work hard and eat from the ground. God even made clothes from animal skin to cover Adam and Eve in their nakedness. This shame was part of the consequence of sin. We are surrounded by sin and, though we choose not to commit sin, we still live in sin. Sometimes we don’t realize we are sinning.

I used to walk in to church late, take the bulletin, sit down and read it, all while church was going on. Reading the bulletin, in and of itself, is not a sin. For me to read it during the service was a distraction to me and those around me. It was taking away from worshiping God. It was a sin.

When Jesus told the woman to “go and sin no more,” (John 8:11) he was referring to the sin of adultery that he had just forgiven her for. We are not to continue in our sin once we have repented however, we still live in a sinful world.

I was overwhelmed by this person’s beliefs. I have never heard of this before! I’m wondering what you all think. Leave your comments about sin. Are we sinful or can we live a sinless life?

4 thoughts on “Are we without sin?”

  1. I feel as tho I am be drifting away again and it scares me … I have worked so hard to give my family a better life … the devil is so real and had pushed his way in our lives 🙁 . I have prayed about this for so long … I’m exhausted with working so much … so much to say sorry … but miracle don’t come to people like me 🙁

    1. Miracles DO come to people like you. Life can be so overwhelming sometimes and it feels like you don’t stand a chance. I worked hard for my family, too. My ex didn’t support me, he worked against me. I tried to give my kids everything i could on my own. It was rough. You know that. My ex left and I worked harder. I begged him to come home so the kids wouldn’t suffer. Darsey, he was rxxxxg me and abusing me and I still would have sacrificed myself so my kids wouldn’t suffer. He didn’t come back and it was for the best but my kids suffered. But not by my hand, at their father’s hand. But now Carissa and Megan have stopped talking to me and i can’t see my grand kids. I guess my point is, as moms, we work so hard and give everything we have for the ones we love. Satan is powerful and hates joy and family togetherness. These are the last days, honey. Jesus will come soon to take us to heaven. We won’t die but we’ll meet him in the air so we have to be ready in our hearts. That means satan is working harder and its going to get worse, not better. Our only hope is to get closer to God and draw strength from him. He will get us through! That’s what this site is for. Not to get off Facebook but a safe place to come together and not be afraid. Father, wrap your loving arms around your sweet child. Bring her strength to stand against the enemy and peace to fill her soul. In Jesus name!

      Victor Matthews
      (This is a most powerful prayer. I would encourage you to print it out and pray through it often.)

      Heavenly Father, I bow in worship and praise before you. I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ as my protection. I surrender myself completely and unreservedly in every area of my life to You. I take a stand against all the workings of Satan that would hinder me in my prayer life. I address myself only to the True and Living God and refuse any involvement of Satan in my prayer.

      Satan, I command you, in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ, to leave my presence with all your demons
      I bring the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ between us.

      Heavenly Father, I worship You and give You praise. I recognize that You are worthy to receive all glory and honor and praise. I renew my allegiance to You and pray that the blessed Holy Spirit would enable me in this time of prayer. I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that You have loved me from past eternity and that You sent the Lord Jesus Christ into the world to die as my substitute. I am thankful that the Lord Jesus Christ came as my representative and that through Him You have completely forgiven me; You have adopted me into your family; You have assumed all responsibility for me; You have given me eternal life; You have given me the perfect righteousness of the Lord Jesus Christ so I am now justified. I am thankful that in Him, you have made me complete, and that You have offered Yourself to me to be my daily help and strength.

      Heavenly Father, open my eyes that I might see how great You are and how complete Your provision is for this day. I am thankful that the victory the Lord Jesus Christ won for me on the Cross and in His resurrection has been given to me and that I am seated with the Lord Jesus Christ in the heavenlies. I take my place with Him in the heavenlies and recognize by faith that all wicked spirits and Satan himself are under my feet. I declare, therefore, that Satan and his wicked spirits are subject to me in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ.

      I am thankful for the Armor You have provided. I put on the Girdle of Truth, the Breastplate of Righteousness, the Sandals of Peace and the Helmet of Salvation. I lift up the Shield of Faith against all the fiery darts of the enemy; and I take in my hand the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God. I choose to use Your Word against all the forces of evil in my life. I put on this Armor and live and pray in complete dependence upon You, blessed Holy Spirit.

      I am grateful, Heavenly Father, that the Lord Jesus Christ spoiled all principalities and powers and made a show of them openly and triumphed over them in Himself. I claim all that victory for my life today. I reject all the insinuations, and accusations, and the temptations of Satan. I affirm that the Word of God is true and I choose to live today in the light of God’s Word. I choose, Heavenly Father, to live in obedience to You and in fellowship with Yourself. Open my eyes and show me the areas of my life that do not please You. Work in me to cleanse me from all ground that would give Satan a foothold against me. I do in every way stand into all that it means to be Your adopted child and I welcome all the ministry of the Holy Spirit.

      By faith and in dependence upon You, I put off the fleshly works of the old man and stand into all the victory of the crucifixion where the Lord Jesus Christ provided cleansing from the old nature. I put on the new man and stand into all the victory of the resurrection and the provision He has made for me to live above sin.

      Therefore, today I put off all forms of selfishness and put on the new nature with its love. I put off all forms of fear and put on the new nature with its courage. I put off all forms of weakness and put on the new nature with its strength. I put off all forms of lust and put on the new nature with its righteousness, purity, and honesty. I am trusting You to show me how to make this practical in my daily life.

      In every way I stand into the victory of the ascension and glorification of the Lord Jesus Christ, whereby all the principalities and powers were made subject to Him. I claim my place in Christ as victorious with Him over all the enemies of my soul. Blessed Holy Spirit, I pray that You would fill me. Come into my life, break down every idol and cast out every foe.

      I am thankful, Heavenly Father, for the expression of Your will for my daily life as You have shown me in Your Word.
      I, therefore, claim all the will of God for today. I am thankful that You have blessed me with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ Jesus. I am thankful that You have begotten me unto a living hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. I am thankful that You have made a provision so that today I can live filled with the Spirit of God with love and joy and peace, with long-suffering, gentleness and goodness, with meekness, faithfulness and self-control in my life. I recognize that this is Your will for me and I therefore reject and resist all the endeavors of Satan and his wicked spirits to rob me of the will of god. I refuse in this day to believe my feelings and I hold up the Shield of Faith against all the accusations and distortion and insinuations that Satan would put into my mind. I claim the fullness of the will of God for my life today.

      In the Name of the Lord Jesus Christ, I completely surrender myself to You, Heavenly Father, as a living sacrifice. I choose not to be conformed to this world. I choose to be transformed by the renewing of my mind, and I pray that You would show me Your will and enable me to walk in all the fullness of Your will today.

      I am thankful, Heavenly Father, that the weapons of our warfare are not carnal but mighty through God to the pulling down of strongholds, to the casting down of imagination and every high thing that exalteth itself against the knowledge God, and to bring every thought into obedience to the Lord Jesus Christ. Therefore, in my own life today I tear down the strongholds of Satan and smash the plans of Satan that have been formed against me. I tear down the strongholds of Satan against my mind, and I surrender my mind to You, blessed Holy Spirit. I affirm, Heavenly Father, that You have not given me the spirit of fear, but of power, and of love and of a sound mind. I break and smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my emotions today and I give my emotions to you. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my will today, I give my will to You and choose to make the right decisions of faith. I smash the strongholds of Satan formed against my body today, I give my body to You recognizing that I am your temple. I rejoice in Your mercy and goodness.

      Heavenly Father, I pray that now and through this day You would strengthen and enlighten me. Show me the way Satan is hindering and tempting and lying and distorting the truth in my life. Enable me to be the kind of person that would please You. Enable me to be aggressive in prayer and faith. Enable me to be aggressive mentally, to think about and practice Your Word, and to give You Your rightful place in my life.

      Again, I cover myself with the blood of the Lord Jesus Christ and pray that You, blessed Holy Spirit, would bring all the work of the crucifixion, all the work of the resurrection, all the work of the glorification, and all the work of Pentecost into my life today. I surrender myself to You. I refuse to be discouraged. You are the God of all hope. You have proven Your power by resurrecting Jesus Christ from the dead, and I claim in every way this victory over all the satanic forces in my life. I pray in the name of the Lord Jesus Christ with thanksgiving. Amen.

      Used with the permission of Victor Matthews

    3. Sometimes things don’t always happen in our timing but there are no mistakes with Gods timing. Trust Him. He knows what He is doing. I know working so much is miserable but we wouldn’t be the people God wants us to be if we didn’t go through all the trials He has set for us. If you started out rich and spoiled, having to never work, maybe you wouldn’t have turned out to be such a grateful person. You cherish every minute with your family because of the time you are forced to spend away from them. If you were with them all the time maybe your relationships wouldn’t be as strong. Please stick to it and trust that God has a plan and a miracle for you and it will happen exactly when it is supposed to, weather it be 30 years or 30 days.

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