Step 7: We embrace the belief that we are, and will always be, experts at sinning.
There is a big Christian lie. That is, the belief that somebody, somewhere, got it right. If the whole point of the Gospel is forgiveness of sin, then why do we insist on continually parading these almost perfect lives in front of each other? How can the people who proclaim forgiveness of sin not seem to have any sins that need to be forgiven? Sin has a way of showing up only on the front end of salvation. But don’t we need Jesus just as much after we’re saved? Psa 90:8; 19:12-14; 1 John 1:8; 2:1-2; Heb 7:25;
Whenever not sinning takes precedence over the forgiveness of sin… beware the Pharisee. We continue to want to be deceived—to perpetuate a myth about ourselves and our leaders that keeps our sin hidden from view because the alternative—to come clean—is just too scary. If it took The Spirit to save us, it’s going to take The Spirit to keep us saved. Who else would turn down the grace of God but someone who didn’t want to be vulnerable to it? Gal 3:1-3; 1 Tim 1:15-16; Jude 1:24-25; John 17:11-12
The experience of sin in a believer’s life is not always backsliding or willful disobedience. Often it is simply revealed or brought into view because of the Holy Spirit’s work at peeling away our sin nature like the layers of an onion. Realization of sin, confession, and forgiveness continue as we find out more about ourselves. This is why older Christians keep getting more humble as they grow older. They keep finding out how much of a sinner they are and how patient God is with them. The more of God-the more awareness of sin. Deserve it, and it is no longer grace. Rom 5:20; 1 Tim 1:15-16; 1 Cor 15:9-10; Psa 139; Matt 6:9-15
We need to be experts at finding and rooting out our own sin—no one else’s. We have plenty to deal with right here in our own heart without having to take on anyone else’s sin as our personal campaign. In my sin I am an expert. Anyone else’s sin is not my business to evaluate. Matt 7:1-6; 1 Cor 4:4-5; 10:12; John 8:1-7; Psa 130:3; Phil 3:14-16