Does the Bible say that Christians can stop sinning?
Read the following scripture and ask yourself if the Bible says that Christian can stop sinning?
What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound?  Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? NKJV
What does it mean to die to sin? First you need to realize that Christians can stop sinning according to scripture, and know that it is not God’s responsibility, but our responsibility to stop allowing sin to reign in our body (verse 12 below).
11 Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. 12 Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. 13 And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. 14 For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. NKJV
If you do not believe that Christians can stop sinning, then you will never be able to stop sinning (James 1:5=8), but all things are possible for those who believe (Mark 9:23).
Think about this. We belong to faith based organizations, based on believing a book called the Bible, and we do believe some of it, but we do not believe what it says about stopping sin. In fact, millions of Christians today will stand up and fight against what their own Bible says about sin, and still consider themselves believers. Imagine that.
It’s one thing to believe what God says about sin, and yet not being in a position to obtained it, but it’s a completely different issue to take a stand against God’s Word. Unbelievers will surely perish, but at least there is some hope for those who believe, but do not walk in the ways of the Lord yet.
16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned. NKJV
2 Thessalonians 2:11-12
 And for this reason God will send them strong delusion, that they should believe the lie,  that they all may be condemned who did not believe the truth but had pleasure in unrighteousness. NKJV
Total Depravity; truth or myth
Some preachers believe in total depravity, meaning humans have no ability to choose God and that we can’t get saved without God doing everything, like we are too depraved to even choose to believe in him, much less stop sinning.
I would agree that we “were” in that condition before God saved us and made us alive in Christ. Notice in the passage of scripture below that we went from being dead in trespasses and sins (verse 1) to being saved by grace, even while we were dead in trespasses (verse 5 below), all without doing a single thing on our part. God has already saved and delivered us from the state we were in.
1 And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins, 2 in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, 3 among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others. 4 But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5 even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6 and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7 that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus. 8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast. 10 For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them. NKJV
God has already saved us through Jesus Christ (1 Timothy 4:10)! Now we got to be saved from the wrath of God through Jesus (Romans 5:9). Jesus saves those who come to God through Him (Hebrews 7:25).
Not only did God make us alive, but He also “delivered us from the power of darkness,” at the same time that He provided us forgiveness of sins.
12 giving thanks to the Father who has qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light. 13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and conveyed us into the kingdom of the Son of His love, 14 in whom we have redemption through His blood, the forgiveness of sins. NKJV
Not only are we already delivered from the power of darkness, but we are expected to change our conduct because the blood of Jesus Christ also delivered us from that, too.
1 Peter 1:14-19
14 as obedient children, not conforming yourselves to the former lusts, as in your ignorance; 15 but as He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, 16 because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” 17 And if you call on the Father, who without partiality judges according to each one’s work, conduct yourselves throughout the time of your stay here in fear; 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot. NKJV
After knowing these verses, how can anyone say that we are in a state of total depravity? We were delivered from the power of darkness, and Jesus is calling us out of it.
1 Peter 2:9
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light; NKJV
Why doesn’t everybody come out of darkness? Several reasons. Either they do not believe Jesus’ Words, or they may have never heard the things I have mentioned on this site preached, or they may just love darkness.
18 “He who believes in Him is not condemned; but he who does not believe is condemned already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God. 19 And this is the condemnation, that the light has come into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil. 20 For everyone practicing evil hates the light and does not come to the light, lest his deeds should be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his deeds may be clearly seen, that they have been done in God.” NKJV
Don’t be deceived by those who claim to follow Jesus Christ, but they still walk in darkness. Those who follow Jesus do not walk in darkness (verse 12 below).
10 When Jesus had raised Himself up and saw no one but the woman, He said to her, “Woman, where are those accusers of yours? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said to her, “Neither do I condemn you; go and sin no more.” 12 Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.” NKJV
Not only do those who follow Jesus not walk in darkness, but those who believe Jesus will not remain in darkness.
46 I have come as a light into the world, that whoever believes in Me should not abide in darkness. NKJV
Do those two passages of scripture tell you anything about preachers who claim to be following Jesus Christ, and believe Him, but they say they cannot do anything about sin? That should tell you that they are unbelievers headed for the fire, and all their supporters with them.
14 Let them alone. They are blind leaders of the blind. And if the blind leads the blind, both will fall into a ditch.” NKJV
2 John 1:9-11
9 Whoever transgresses and does not abide in the doctrine of Christ does not have God. He who abides in the doctrine of Christ has both the Father and the Son.  If anyone comes to you and does not bring this doctrine, do not receive him into your house nor greet him;  for he who greets him shares in his evil deeds. NKJV
Do whatever you have to do to find fellow Christians, who do “BELIEVE” Jesus Christ and His disciples, and who believe and accept the following instructions concerning darkness found in scripture.
11 And do this, knowing the time, that now it is high time to awake out of sleep; for now our salvation is nearer than when we first believed. 12 The night is far spent, the day is at hand. Therefore let us cast off the works of darkness, and let us put on the armor of light. 13 Let us walk properly, as in the day, not in revelry and drunkenness, not in lewdness and lust, not in strife and envy. 14 But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no provision for the flesh, to fulfill its lusts. NKJV
5 For this you know, that no fornicator, unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and God. 6 Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of these things the wrath of God comes upon the sons of disobedience. 7 Therefore do not be partakers with them. 8 For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Walk as children of light 9 (for the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness, righteousness, and truth), 10 finding out what is acceptable to the Lord. 11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather expose them. 12 For it is shameful even to speak of those things which are done by them in secret. 13 But all things that are exposed are made manifest by the light, for whatever makes manifest is light. NKJV
Ability to be set free from sin
If we die with Christ through our baptism, then we will have the ability to live the new life.
1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin that grace may abound? 2 Certainly not! How shall we who died to sin live any longer in it? 3 Or do you not know that as many of us as were baptized into Christ Jesus were baptized into His death? 4 Therefore we were buried with Him through baptism into death, that just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, even so we also should walk in newness of life. NKJV
If we die with Him, or agree to die with Him through our baptism, then we will be set free from sin’s control (verse 7 below).
5 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, 6 knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. 7 For he who has died has been freed from sin.  Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, NKJV
Almost every preacher I’ve ever listened to can quote Romans 3:9; all under sin (Galatians 3:22), but I haven’t found one that knows Romans 6:7, or verse 16-18 below.
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness. NKJV
According to those scriptures above, once a Christian has the ability to live the new life through their baptism, then they have the ability to choose who they will serve, sin or obedience (verse 16 above). If they obey the doctrine (verse 17 above) then they will be set free from sin and become God’s slave (verse 18 above). So, at that point it’s a matter of obeying the doctrine (verse 17 above).
Do these scriptures tell you anything about a pastor who says that Christians cannot stop sinning? He is an unbeliever.
Stop sinning in this life-time
Does God believe that Christians can cease from sin in this life-time according to the Word of the Lord written in 1 Peter 4:1-5 below?
1 Peter 4:1-5
1 Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin,  that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God.  For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles—when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries.  In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you.  They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV
If God says that Christians can stop sinning in this life-time, who would say that we cannot, but and unbeliever? Take your eyes off what you are looking at and recognize people by their fruits and not by their titles (Matthew 7:15-20).
It doesn’t matter if they have led a million people into saying a sinner’s prayer, because if they are now leading them away from believing the Word of God, what hope do they have? All who do not believe God will perish (Mark 16:16, 2 Thessalonians 2:11-12).
Learn these scriptures for yourself, because very few are preaching them, if any at all in this country. It’s really amazes me that we will argue with people who do not believe what the Bible says about creation, and we will fight for prayer in schools, but at the same time we will boldly take a stand against what God has said about stopping sin in this life-time because we haven’t stopped yet. How can we stop if we do not believe?
Not only can Christians stop sinning, but we can be perfect according to scripture. Check the video below and learn those verses for yourself.
Being set free from sin, slaves of righteousness
16 Do you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience leading to righteousness? 17 But God be thanked that though you were slaves of sin, yet you obeyed from the heart that form of doctrine to which you were delivered. 18 And having been set free from sin, you became slaves of righteousness.” NKJV
According to the passage of scripture above, we Christians are going to be a slave to whomever we present ourselves to obey. The only way to be set free from sin’s control is to become a slave of righteousness (verse 18 above). Regardless of what you get out of the passage of scripture above, you cannot deny that we can be “set free from sin” according to verse 18, if we follow the doctrine (teaching)mentioned in verse 17.
Certainly Christians can be set free from sin’s control according to the passage of scripture above, and there are many more verses confirming that issue in God’s Word, which are listed throughout this website.
Therefore, can Christians stop sinning? Yes we can. The question now becomes,”Should We Stop Sinning?”
If we can stop sinning, why do so many say that we can’t?
After proving that Christians can and should stop sinning, one preacher answered, “Millions Christians can’t be wrong!” That was his only proof against the scriptures we had covered, but yes, millions of Christians are wrong today, and as far as I can tell, we have been way off track since about the 1880’s.
13 “Enter by the narrow gate; for wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to destruction, and there are many who go in by it. 14 Because narrow is the gate and difficult is the way which leads to life, and there are few who find it. NKJV
How can so many people be on the wrong path? That’s easy. According to Jesus Christ, whatever scripture that you do not believe will not remain in you (John 5:38).
So if you do not believe the verses I have shown you, then you don’t have to concern yourself with trying to memorize them. They are not going to live in you if you speak against them, and so it’s going to be very easy for you to speak against them.
Just by speaking against the faith, we can fall away from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21), and we have been speaking against what is actually written in the Bible for over a 100 years now, even in the church. In fact, it is very popular these days for a preacher to have everyone quote what he is saying to each other during the sermon. “Look at the person beside you and say this or that!” I’m not saying that he always speaks against what is written in the Bible, but if he does, and you give an “Amen” to it, it’s the same as you saying it.
Simple Words have the power of life and death (Proverbs 18:21), and our words control our days in the future (James 3:2-12). This isn’t something that has happened overnight, but by small changes over time, we have learned to quote man-made doctrines as if they were straight out of the Bible. Jesus warned us of such in Matthew 15:8-9.
One of the first things that we should have heard when we accepted Jesus as the Lord of our life, is that the righteousness of faith involves saying certain things and not saying certain things according to Romans 10:6-8, but we didn’t. Most if not all evangelist jump straight to verse 9 of Romans chapter 10; confess Jesus Christ as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead. No one ever mentions the righteousness of faith, but the promise given to Abraham depends on it (Romans 4:13).
I’m not blaming anyone, since this didn’t start this year, but many years before we were born. However, I am asking you to get your Bible out and check the verses I have mentioned for yourself. Never trust in a man, but always trust God.
Check the following passage of scripture in your Bible. After reading it ask yourself if this one passage of scripture were true, then how many good church attending people have been tricked into thinking that Christians cannot stop sinning?
1 John 3:7-9
7 Little children, let no one deceive you. He who practices righteousness is righteous, just as He is righteous. 8 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. 9 Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. NKJV
That should give you some indication as to how far we have drifted away from the truth. Most churches cannot even mention those verses during a service because they have preached the exact opposite for years.
That passage starts off with “let no one deceive you,” and with good reason. We are deceived in this country into thinking that we cannot stop sinning, and we have been deceived for many years now; more than 100 years, judging by the little-bit of checking that I have done.
How could we be tricked into speaking against a book that is the focal point of our gathering together? We take preachers at face value and that’s something we should never do. Test everything point, blank, period!
1 Thessalonians 5:21-22
21 Test all things; hold fast what is good.  Abstain from every form of evil. NKJV
Lots of preachers today, do preach the truth, just not the whole truth, and that can be called deception. Why would any preacher not preach the whole Word of God? He is afraid to because the people will leave and attend the church across the street where verses like the ones I have mentioned on this site are never preached. Therefore, soon after he suppresses the truth, the truth is taken from him (Mark 4:24-25). So, because of his own intentions and unwillingness to take a stand for the Word of God, he ends up like all the other preachers who preach for money.
Here is the seal of the deal. the majority of Christians today, will not support any preacher who preaches 1 John 3:7-9, which means that 2 Thessalonians 2:1-3, and 2 Timothy 4:3-4 is coming true right before our eyes, and most do not realize that anything is wrong since the verses are not living in them (John 5:38, Ephesians 4:17-19). Even those who do believe just put up with it, which again is in opposition to what our instructions tell us to do (2 Corinthians 11:4, Colossians 3:16).
That’s how far we have drifted away from the truth, and that shouldn’t be a shock to anyone who actually believes the Bible. Why? We’re in the rebellion, or the great falling away as it is described in some Bibles according to 2 Thessalonians 2:2-3 below.
2 Thessalonians 2:1-3
1 Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, 2 not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come. 3 Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition. NKJV
The day of the Lord will not come until the falling away comes first and it is in full swing right now in the USA. What are we falling away from? We are falling away from the Word of God. Take a look at the verses below.
2 Timothy 4:1-4
1 I charge you therefore before God and the Lord Jesus Christ, who will judge the living and the dead at His appearing and His kingdom: 2 Preach the word! Be ready in season and out of season. Convince, rebuke, exhort, with all longsuffering and teaching. 3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, because they have itching ears, they will heap up for themselves teachers; 4 and they will turn their ears away from the truth, and be turned aside to fables. NKJV
In the last days, what will happen according to those verses? Instead of relying on what the Bible says, most will turn aside to fables (made up stories, myths). That is happening today, and most of the verses I will show you have already been rejected by many and replaced with myths, and man-made stories. I don’t mean that in a bad way, but to open your eyes to what is happening today and has been happening for a long time in this country. Welcome to the last days.
In keeping with 2 Timothy 4:1-4, the biggest churches today are more than likely the places where people don’t hear a complete Gospel, and where the truth is suppressed. Why? That is what is predicted to happen. Jesus, Himself declared that out of all the people who would seek to enter the Kingdom of God, most of them are on the wrong path, and they will not make it (Luke 13:22-28).
That’s scary when you think about and know the truth for yourself, but that’s the way it is today. Very few people will take the narrow way. So, don’t let that distrub you. Just keep praying for everyone to come to the knowledge of the truth, and move on.
Check those scriptures from your version of the Bible because they are happening today, right before our eyes. Find any huge crowd of people who call themselves Christ followers (Christians, Acts 11:26), and listen for a complete Gospel. You won’t hear it, and you won’t hear the verses on sin that I will show you either. In fact, you will probably hear the exact opposite. Therefore, never follow the crowd, and never take any preacher at face value. Always test what you hear (1 Thessalonians 5:21).
Think about this for a moment. If 1 John 3:7-9 is truth, and it is, then there are a lot of Christians today who think that they are born again, but they are not, and there are a lot of Christians today who think that they will be walking streets of gold, but they have been deceived. Will you be one of them, or will you believe the Word of God?
You cannot believe the Word of God and speak against it. You must speak in-line with it, even if you do not live up to it yet.
Watch the following videos and see for yourself just how many verses we never preach today, even on important subjects like God’s grace, and even the Gospel itself. No church in this country preaches all of the verses in the Bible on grace, or Gospel verses regardless of denomination, and therefore, no church has any right to say anything about the church across the street.
I’m not being ugly, but I’m just pointing out the truth. I haven’t found a single church in this country regardless of denomination, that preaches every verse in the Bible on important subjects like God’s grace and the Gospel, and I have been looking for the past 25 years. I’m telling you that we are in the falling away right now (2 Thessalonians 2:3, 2 Timothy 4:3-4), and even the churches that preach against false teachers, do not know that they too ignore scripture.
If I can help you or answer your questions concerning sin, and you are willing to believe the scriptures, please contact me.