The Sinful Christian

In my lifetime of Christianity I’ve come across a lot of Believers who insist on calling themselves horrible names. They like to say they’re sinners.

That’s fine, I get it, we all make mistakes. We’re not perfect. We’re not Jesus, blah blah blah…

But sinners? Really?

They don’t just stop there either, they usually go on to say that they’re filthy, dirty, rotten, good for nothing sinners. Now I don’t care too much of what you call yourself but I think you take it a step too far when you say all those things and include me in that description.

I’m not filthy, dirty, rotten, good for nothing, and I am not a sinner.

The reason I say this is because I was taught that a sinner is someone who is unsaved. They do not believe in the Holy Trinity, they have not devoted themselves to the Lord, and they have not declared Christ as their Savior. On the contrary, someone who has declared Christ as their Lord and Savior, someone who does believe in the Holy Trinity, and someone who has devoted themselves to the Lord is saved. They are a Believer and are, therefore, not a sinner. Yes, they still sin but their sins are forgiven and are covered under the blood of Jesus so they are not labeled as a sinner but as a Believer. That’s what I learned and, after doing my own studying and research, that’s what I continue to believe.

Now, you are more than welcome to disagree with me. I don’t really care! Call yourself what you want, but this is my blog so I’m going to continue with my rant.

I have been viciously attacked by those who call themselves Christians because of my opinion on this matter. I’m not being stubborn, I just refuse to call myself something that I’m not. I sin every single day of my life. I will not deny that, I am not ashamed of admitting that I need Christ in my life, that’s why he died after all. That’s why we’ve been given the Holy Bible to guide us through this life. But I will not call myself a sinner. Why not? Because that’s not what Jesus called me.

Matthew 5:14 KJV says “Ye are the light of the world…”

Those are Jesus’ words, not mine. Why would Jesus Christ call me the light of the world if I’m a filthy, dirty rag? Why would he say such a wonderful thing about such a horrible person?

Romans 3:23 KJV For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had that scripture quoted to me. Yes, I know that we all have sinned and continue to sin, I know that we are not on par with Jesus. I know that I fall short of the glory of God. However, that doesn’t make me a filthy sinner. Why? Because my sins are forgiven. They’ve been washed away by the blood of Jesus.

Why would you want to call yourself something so horrible? A sinner is someone who has not accepted Jesus as their Lord and Savior. Why would you want to consider yourself someone who is separated from God?

Some who disagree with me say that sinners aren’t just the unsaved, they’re everyone. Any person who has sinned even once is a sinner.

Ok, that’s fine. If you believe in this definition of a sinner, then by all means you’re a sinner.

But I don’t. And I will not ever believe in that definition.

I am a child of the Most High God. I am a beautiful being sculpted by the creator of the universe. There is no one else like me on this earth. I have been created in the likeness and in the image of God. I am fearfully and wonderfully made.

Those are the things that Jesus said I am.

Hebrews 2:7 KJV says Thou madest him [man] a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands.

That scripture is referring to man, as in humanity. So if we’re all humans, then we’re all sinners. Which means, even though we’re sinners, we’re a little lower than the angels. Then where does that leave those who are covered under the blood of Jesus? Where do they fall?

Before I continue I just want to say that I’m not trying to change anyone’s mind here. I absolutely do not care what you choose to call yourself. And I don’t too much care what you call me either because I know in my heart what God calls me. And it’s not filthy, it’s not dirty, it’s not good for nothing, and it is not a sinner. This post is based on my own definition of a sinner backed up by scripture. If you disagree and have scripture to share about it, by all means post it in the comments and make sure you leave a signature line saying ‘I’m a sinner and proud!’ Just kidding.

Anyways…

Jesus came and died on the cross so that we can have a chance to make it to heaven. If you give your life over to Christ you are walking away from a life ruled by Satan. You are covered under the blood of Jesus and are made new. So if you continue to go around calling yourself a sinner then you are denying the blood of Jesus that was shed on cavalry for you. Yes, we all sin every single day. Yes, we are nothing without Christ. But we do have Him, so that makes us something.

It makes us the salt and the light of the earth. It makes us kings and queens within the heavenly realms. It makes us divine inheritors of the throne of God. Coheirs with Christ. A sinner can’t call himself that.

You can’t be a sinner and a Believer. You can’t be filthy and washed clean by the blood at the same time. You have to be one or the other. You can be a Believer who still makes mistakes but is forgiven by Christ. You can be a Christian who messes up and constantly calls on Jesus for guidance. But you cannot be a sinner and a Believer.

Let me put it this way. A sinner is someone who is unsaved therefore, by calling yourself a sinner, you are saying you are unsaved. An unsaved Christian. That makes sense…

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing. My brethren, these things ought not so to be. James 3:10 KJV

You can’t spew negativity and positivity at once. How can you say such horrible things about yourself and then claim to be a child of God? Why would someone give their life over to Christ if they’re still going to be called a sinner? That makes no sense, they may as well stay where they’re at because, by the sound of it, nothing will change.

Stop denying the blood of Christ. Stop claiming a terrible thing over yourself. You are not a sinner, you are a faith-filled child of the Most High God. Start going around claiming that and see the changes that will come in your life. Your words have power, so use them wisely. Call yourself a sinner and you’ll manifest a sinner. Call yourself a coheir with Christ and the gates of heaven will open to pour out your just reward.

I mean, really, is it such a bad thing to call yourself a child of the King? Think about that.