It is time for believers to stop confessing something that is absolutely unbiblical and detrimentally misleading to their own souls and to the souls of others. In essence, believers must fully realize that where their spoken words lead their lives will follow.
Despite the fact that believers know that they should not allow themselves to be conformed to this world (or Age), most believers have fashioned their lives after (adapted to) this world’s external and superficial customs (traditions of men). Thus, instead of believers allowing the Holy Spirit to transform (change) them by changing the way they think—instead of allowing the Holy Spirit to work in them godly attitudes, principles, and character—so that they can prove for themselves what IS that good, acceptable, and perfect Will of God (cf. Romans 12:2), many believers are falling for worldly mantras, statements, and slogans that are being preached and/or taught as Divine Truths.
Some of the most popular worldly expressions believers accept as biblical are: (1.) God helps those who help themselves; (2.) Spare the rod, spoil the child; (3.) Cleanliness is next to Godliness; (4.) To thine ownself be true; (5.) Do unto others as you would have them do unto you; (6.) Judge not; (7.) Sinner’s Prayer; (8.) Once saved, always saved; and (9.) I am a sinner saved by grace. Of these nine unbiblical expressions, the one that will be addressed in this article is: I am a sinner saved by grace.
For believers, “sinner saved by grace” can mean one of three things. It can mean that (1.) believers were once, by nature, sinners, but after they were saved by the grace of God they became, by nature, saints; or (2.) believers are saved by the grace of God and are now saints, even though they sometimes sin; or (3.) even though they are believers saved by the grace of God, they are still, by nature, sinners. It is this third meaning that is absolutely unbiblical and detrimentally misleading to believers’ own souls and to the souls of others, which is why the believers who confess this lie not only give credence to it but also ultimately struggle with the lie that they, by nature, cannot stop sinning.
The truth is, when believers constantly refer to themselves as sinners saved by grace, they become so sin conscious that they end up reasoning that their frequent falling into sin is not only understandable but also expected. Moreover, when believers constantly refer to themselves as sinners saved by grace, they either intentionally or unintentionally make other so-called saved individuals comfortable about living lives that definitely are filled with moral and ethical compromises!
As such, because they cannot get beyond seeing themselves as “sinners saved by grace,” these believers are never able to achieve the levels of holiness and righteousness that they are expected to reach as saved children of God. Consequently, because they are living lives that are conscious of sin and filled with moral and ethical compromises, these believers never obtain the fullness of Christ.
However, when believers transform (change) their thinking by transforming (changing) the way they think, they also will transform (change) the way they live. Only through this renewing of their minds process will they be able to see themselves the way that God sees them.
Here is how God sees saved believers. God’s Word declares that:
Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new. And all things are of God, who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ, and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation. (2 Corinthians 5:17-18, KJV)
In another scripture, we learn that “…sin shall not have dominion over [us]: for [we] are not under the law, but under grace” (Romans 6:14, KJV). Furthermore, in yet another Bible verse, we are told that God through Jesus the Christ “…hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and has translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, even the forgiveness of sins:” (Colossians 1:13-14, KJV).
These above quoted Scriptures make it emphatically clear that born again, saved believers in Jesus the Christ have had their sinfully depraved natures redeemed (bought back) by Jesus the Christ’s atoning sacrifice—by His shed blood and beaten and crucified body. For this reason, the redemptive power of God’s saving grace makes born again, saved believers new creations; they spiritually are new boys or men and new girls or women. Thus, it totally is impossible for born again, saved believers to be Christians and, at the same time, sinners, which is what the sinners saved by grace expression means to the sinning Christian!
Contrary to the popular “sinning Christian” doctrine, which maintains that we are ALWAYS sinners, whether saved or unsaved, our sin nature is natural only while we are sinners (unsaved, separated from God lost souls). According to the Word of God, born again, saved believers no longer have a sin nature, because God has put His nature (His seed) in them (cf. 1 Peter 1:23 ). This Divine Truth also is mentioned in John 1:12-13, KJV. Apostle John says: “…as many as received Him, to them gave he power to become sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.”
Thus, while it is true that Jesus the Christ came into this world to save sinners, and though it is really not unnatural to see our past sinful selves as the worst kind of wretched creatures (cf. 1 Timothy 1:15), the Divine Truth is that we do not remain “sinners” once Jesus the Christ saves us. To say that we are still sinners after we are saved by God’s grace is to say that the redemptive power of God’s saving grace, which He bestows on us to compensate for our sin nature, did not do what God intended for it to do. The only way that the redemptive power of God’s saving grace doesn’t save us is if we NEVER have been born again, for the saving grace process moves us from regeneration (being born again) to salvation to justification.
Only after we have been born again—have had our spiritually dead spirits come spiritually alive, which only happens when God’s anticipatory or preparatory grace works in tandem with His Holy Spirit’s power—can God’s saving grace accomplish what it is supposed to do. Therefore, once we are born again, God’s saving grace becomes a done deal, because now God’s redemptive power of His saving grace can dispel the darkness of this sin-sick world by shining the Light of Jesus (the Divine Gospel) into our born-again spirits. When this Light is seen through the faith that God’s anticipatory or preparatory grace also has given us, we then are convinced of our need to confess our sins, repent our sins, and receive Christ as our Savior (cf. 2 Corinthians 4:6).
Then, once Jesus the Christ’s righteousness is imputed to us, we are justified by faith—presented to God just as if we had never sinned—and the Holy Spirit seals us. Now, we are in “right” standing with God who calls us His children. As children of God, we are NO LONGER sinners, for if we are still sinners who just happen to be saved by grace then it would be impossible for God’s DNA (His seed/Holy Spirit) to have been transplanted in us! This is why, since the Scriptures clearly tell us that we born again, saved believers have God’s seed in us, we are now God’s righteous sons and daughters!
Christians, thus, who believe in a “sinning Christian” doctrine mainly view the gift of salvation as the result of a profession of faith (a statement they make about who and what they believe in) rather than the result of God’s work of grace. The real truth is that anyone can make a profession of faith. Furthermore, many who profess a faith in Jesus the Christ, for a season, often can produce external evidence that supports the probability that God’s saving grace is a done deal (that these believers have been sealed by the Holy Spirit; cf. Ephesians 1:13-14). However, in the majority of these cases, the individuals involved are without the initial work of grace—they are without the regenerative work of God’s grace and, therefore, are also without the cleansing, redemptive, imputative, and justifiable work of Jesus the Christ! In essence, their mere profession of faith does not save them.
Finally, because of God’s redemptive power and saving grace, Jesus the Christ, who knew no sin, lovingly and obediently became “…sin for us…that we might be made the righteousness of God in him” (2 Corinthians 5:21, KJV). Without a doubt, physically, spiritually, and emotionally, we are NOW God’s adoptive children. Then too, as God’s adoptive children, we are new creations who NOW are joint-heirs with Jesus the Christ (cf. Acts 26:16-18, Romans 8:15-17, and Galatians 4:6-7). For all of these reasons, we must stop throwing our old sin nature back into God’s face.
We are no longer sinners; therefore, we, in essence, are consciously putting back on our filthy righteousness rags (cf. Isaiah 64:6) when we who are born again and saved continue to call ourselves sinners saved by grace, or when we judge ourselves to be the chiefest of sinners, or wretched men and women, especially since there is no longer any condemnation for those who belong to Jesus the Christ and who walk after the Holy Spirit (cf. Romans 8:1). Indeed, when we wear our filthy righteousness rags in God’s presence, we are telling Him that we believe He made a mistake when He gave us holy righteousness garments to wear!
It is time for believers to stop confessing something that is absolutely unbiblical and detrimentally misleading to their own souls and to the souls of others. The Divine Truth is that, when believers continue to call themselves sinners saved by grace, their evil communication not only contaminates them and others but also grieves the Holy Spirit, which by extension means God our Father also is grieved (cf. Ephesians 4:29-30). Moreover, the Apostle John makes it clear that true Christianity and sin are incompatible—that believers cannot claim to be Christians and go on sinning. Apostle John writes:
Dear children, don’t let anyone deceive you about this: When people do what is right, it shows that they are righteous, even as Christ is righteous. But when people keep on sinning, it shows that they belong to the devil, who has been sinning since the beginning. But the Son of God came to destroy the works of the devil. Those who have been born into God’s family do not make a practice of sinning, because God’s life is in them. So they can’t keep on sinning, because they are children of God. So now we can tell who are children of God and who are children of the devil. Anyone who does not live righteously and does not love other believers does not belong to God. (1 John 7-10, NLT)
Therefore, believers must realize that when they became saved, they did not just receive salvation (eternal life and a free pass that allows them to escape the Tribulation Period), but they also receive WHOLENESS, righteousness, healing, protection, preservation, holiness, and a reconciled and restored relationship with God, which the various types of God’s grace provide. Sinners who claim to be saved by grace do not have access to these godly benefits, because they are still sinners. Thus, if the sinners who claim to be saved by grace want to take advantage of God’s benefit package, which He makes available ONLY to His sons and daughters, they will have to change their sinners saved by grace confession to children of God/saints confession and believe that these latter spoken words will lead their lives into the presence of God.