Mansfield Missionary Baptist Church
Bible Study
Wednesday Evening August 23, 1972

    Lesson #1 - Aim: To present the Biblical teaching relative to the "Born again" person's pursuit of holiness. Also to refute a popular and prevalent error in present day teaching which declares the saved person to be above sin, and beyond the possibility of sinning. Listed below are some of the most frequently used Scriptures (Misused, if you please.) of the contenders of sinlessness, in the flesh.

I John 3:9 "Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin: for His seed remaineth in him; and he cannot sin, because he is born of God."
    The "Wesleyites," including the Nazarenes and all "holiness" groups need to study this text in the light of the context, and to subject their notions as to the teaching of this verse against their own experiences with sin. Honesty demands they echo the cry off the dedicated Apostle Paul "O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body off this death?" (Romans 7:24).
    The advocates off sinless eradication in the flesh place themselves in an insolvable dilemma. If one cannot sin, he cannot fall away and be lost, and if he can not be lost, he is eternally safe, and secure. On the other hand if a person is lost, he is lost as a result off sinning, therefore that person was not above sin, nor was he ever at anytime free from the possibility off sinning.
I John 5:16 "If any man see his brother sin a sin which is not unto death, he shall ask (Pray), and he shall give him life for them that sin not unto death. there is a sin unto death: I do not say that he shall pray for it."  (See also Matthew 20:21-22)
    The life, and obedience of Jesus Christ is the saint's standard of holiness. I Peter 1:16 "Because it is written. Be ye holy; for I am holy." Sinlessness is perfect holiness, and it is most illogical to seek something which you already possess. Yet, Paul wrote to the Hebrew Christians, "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." (Hebrews 12:14). Let us not accuse the Holy Spirit off such vanity, as to instruct the child of God to seek something he already possesses.
    All the saved are called unto holiness, "That we should be holy and without blame before Him in love." (Ephesians 1:4b). The truth is, the more nearer the saved person draws unto God, the more he is caused to see the awfulness of his old nature, and he will all the more bemoan the fact of his failings, and his inability to conform to God's perfect standard off righteousness. Philippians 3:14 "I (Paul) press toward the mark (sinlessness - holiness) for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus." It would have been foolish of Paul to say he was pressing toward a "mark" which he had already crossed.
    The Epistles of the Apostle John were written to Christians (I John 2:1), and he says, "If we (Pronoun "we" including himself) say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves (self-deception is the most stubborn kind), and the truth is not in us." (I John 1:8). "If we say that we have not sinned, we make Him a liar, and His word is not in us." (I John 1:10).
    Based on these two single verses off Scripture (I John 1:8 and 10) the conclusion can be drawn that the advocates off sinlessness eradication in the flesh are:
    1.) Self deceived
    2.) Void of spiritual truth
    3.) Charging God foolishly by making Him a liar
    4.) In great and urgent need of hearing the gospel, for John says "God's word is not in them."
Job 9:20 "If I justify myself, mine own mouth shall condemn me: if I say, I am perfect, it shall also prove me perverse."
Mansfield Missionary Baptist Church
Bible Study
Wednesday Evening August 30, 1972
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    Lesson #2 - The false doctrine of "Sinlessness in The Flesh" considered.
    The advocates of this doctrine must of necessity relate it to the doctrine of sanctification. When correct views are held regarding the Bible doctrine of sanctification, the heresy of "sinlessness in the flesh becomes all the more glaring and repugnant.
    There is a true and genuine sense in which the people of God or completely sanctified. In regeneration (new birth) all sin from the soul, and spiritual nature of the believer is removed. In the new birth the soul and spirit are set apart from the flesh, and unto God. Thus it is that Paul says, "I delight in the law of God after the inward man." (Romans 7:22) The "inward man" or the "new man" is the Divine nature imparted by the Holy Spirit to penitent. It is this Divine nature the Apostle John refers to (I John 3:9) as the the "seed of God" remaining in the believer, and perpetuating that perfect cleansing performed by the Holy Spirit at the time of regeneration. It is in this sense the saved person cannot sin, and is entirely sanctified. It is on the basis of the soul's moral cleansing that it cannot sin, adorned with immortality and fitted for Heaven. And thus it is the born again person can say, "Absence from the body, presence with the Lord."
    The propagators of "sinless perfection" contradict themselves by their advocacy of the believer's liability to apostatize, and by this possibility of utterly being cast down (their notion) they are held in the bondage of fear all the days of their lives. They "err not knowing the Scriptures, nor the power of God." When Christ died He bore the penalty of sin as a substitute for His people. By the shedding of His blood he washed away all their guilt, (I John 1:7, Revelation 1:5). By the perfect (passive - active) obedience of Christ, and by His sacrificial death on the cross the demands of God's holy, just and good law were fully and forever satisfied. The soul of the believer has been morally cleansed, and Christ's vicarious death has provided him with legal purity.
Hebrews 10:10 "By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once --- ---."
    While it is true, that the soul and spirit of the believer are entirely sanctified, and cannot sin, it is equally true that sin has been condemned in the flesh. So then, there is further need of sanctification in the believer. These three agents are employed of God in sanctifying His people:
    1.) The "Blood" (Hebrews 13:12)
    2.) The "Spirit," (II Thessalonians 2:13)
    3.) and the "Word (Ephesians 5:26).
    The "Blood" sanctifies the penitent by setting him apart from the curse of the law. The Spirit sanctifies by quickening, and continually applying the benefits purchased for the believer by the shed blood. The Word sanctifies the babe in Christ by teaching him the things of God. Thus we are progressively set apart from self, and unto Divine service.
John 17:17 "-------- them through thy -----: thy word is -----."
1 Thessalonians 4:3-4  "For this is the will of God, even your sanctification, that ye should ------- from fornication: {4} That every one of you should know how to ------- his vessel in sanctification and honour;"
    It is through God's Word that the GREAT work of redemption is revealed and the more we know of our redemption, the more we will love God. The more we love God, the more we are set apart from the world. So is through the Word's sanctifying power applied by the Spirit that body is brought into subjection, and the power of sin nullified.
                    Pastor Mink
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