"Matthew 28:20 Teaching them to observe (do) all things whatsoever I (Jesus Christ) have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 2 Corinthians 7:1 ... dearly beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God."
I am a retired pastor of
the Church of God (Tennessee).
My name is Isaac Livingston. I am from Neyyoor India.
1 John 1:8 says: "If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." Preachers quote this verse and say that every human being in the whole word will continue sinning until they die. If a living man claims that he, by the power of God, does not sin anymore, preachers will call this man a liar, quoting this verse. Preachers of Satan humiliate and exploit true Christians using this verse.
God knew what kind of people will fill the churches and what will they confess. 'We are saved' means that we are saved from sins and so, 'we have no sin'. Most Christians claim that they are saved, without knowing what it is. They lie ignorantly. The truth is not in them. 1 John 1:8 says "If we say, We have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." This verse is to the sinning church people. But, verse 7 is the truth of them that walk with God in the light. 1 John 1:7 says, "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." If this people in verse 7 say that they have no sin, it is not deception, but it is the truth. But those who do not walk in the light says this, then it is a lie. So, two verses talk about two kinds of people, one is godly people and the other is sinning people. Deceiving preachers, pick up the message of the sinners and preach that we all are sinners, as if there is no godly people. All preachers, who serve Satan, preach 1 John 1:8, because it is very convenient to deceive Christians, who do not know the context of the people in verse 7. Further, most Christians love sin more than they love God and this message gives them an excuse to commit their pet sins. So, they are very happy to hear this deception message with excitement. So, they commit sin without guilt.
The Holy Ghost and Satan are the two primary teachers of the word of God. The Holy Ghost preach the truth and reveals the word of God with its context. Satan pulls out selected passages from the word of God, preach them out of their context and deceive people. Further, the servants of Satan comes showing themselves as servants of God and preach. 2 Corinthians 11 says, "13 For such are false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ. 14 And no marvel; for Satan himself is transformed into an angel of light. 15 Therefore it is no great thing if his ministers also be transformed as the ministers of righteousness; whose end shall be according to their works." So, we have to be very careful about the deception, because those who preach deception will look like the light of God, meaning that they appears to be very godly preachers. But they mix poison in their messages by miss-interpreting scriptures. Know them and reject them.
Here, the message is from 1 John 1:5 to 2:1. Satan pulls out verse 8 from the other verses and presents it as a single verse, just to deceive believers. Let us study the word of God in this passage taking a few verses at a time. 1 John 1:5-7, 5) "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." Verse 5 says that God is light. Verse 6 and 7 talks about two different kinds of people. Verse 6 talks about hypocrites who say they are godly but walk ungodly. Verse 7 talks about a people who live holy and whose sins are forgiven. The hypocrites of the verse 6 are admonished to tell the truth in verse 8, but it does not apply to the people on verse 7, who walk in the light, which is holiness (the glory of God), and they are cleansed people and now they walk in holiness with God. 1 John 1:8: "If we say, We have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us." This verse applies only to those in verse 6, who walk in darkness (sin). But, the devil presents verse 8 as if, it applies to all of us, including those in verse 7, who walk in light (holiness). Satan says that everybody will be sinning until death. Satan's preachers also show themselves as God's servants, but preach the messages of Satan to deceive Christians.
1 John 1:9 says: "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." This is a parallel verse, to 7. Here, God forgives the sins that were committed by the repented sinners and cleanses all their unrighteousness. But what is unrighteousness? It is the nature to commit sin, which causes sins. So, if unrighteousness is removed, we may live without committing further sins. So, sin will be the past history for them, but not the present reality. Romans 6:22 says: "But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life." The word of God says that you will be made without sin, in holiness and you will inherit everlasting life. 1 John 1:10 says: "If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us." Even though we do not commit sin now, we should not forget that we were once sinners. 1 John 2:1 says: "My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not..." God doesn't want anybody to commit sin. It is the very reason, God has given his word to us. But, Satan and his servants, use the same word to preach that we all will sin. And, so many Christians believe that we will be sinning until we die, because they have accepted false preachers as good preachers without discernment.
Apostle John is writing this epistle to new believers. Let us look at this verse in its context. 1 John 1 says: "6) If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth:" Here we see, that some of the new believers are exactly like modern Christians, who say that Jesus has fellowship with them, but will keep sinning. They also has done the same thing. They said that they have fellowship with Jesus and keep sinning, that is walking in darkness. So, Apostle John rebukes them in verse 8 for saying this lie. In the next verse he tells them how they can correct it. "7) But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin." He tells them to walk in light, as Jesus Christ is in light, that is not to commit sin, so that their past sins may be forgiven. In verse 8, he tells them that if they do not walk in the light (walking with Christ), and say that they have no sin (meaning that they are saved), it is a lie and it is not the truth. It is truly a warning to Christians of today also. You may pick up a few points by listening to the video on this link: "If no sin, is it lie."
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