• By John Hicks

Sin should be confessed and repented of and not defended and excused...


Context is very crucial to truly understanding scriptures. Case in point... 1 John 1:8 and 10 should be handled in the same manner contextually as their close neighbor verse 6. First here are verses 8 and 10 for reference: If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:8,10 And now verse 6: If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1 John 1:6 In verses 8 and 10 John is not saying he was a sinner because to do so in the same manner as with the matching context of verse 6 we have a serious problem or rather John had a serious problem with God. We should not believe John was out of fellowship with God, at least we shouldn't for obvious reasons, the most obvious being that he wrote the epistle under divine inspiration. He was actually referring to a potential scenario regarding someone who has sinned but incorrectly believed that they were ok with God despite their sin.

"If we say" does not magically change context between verse 6 and verses 8 and 10. God hates magic anyways. Verse 9 is the gracious fix that God provided for people who fit this scenario. Sadly enough, most professing Christians today are the very ones that these verses are addressing. This is proven in that so many people today use verses 8 and 10 to actually defend sin. This is just wrong in God's eyes. Sin should be confessed and repented of and not defended and practiced under any excuses! God hates sin and that is what separates us from Him. Here are all of the verses now, 6 through 10, for reference: 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. [8] If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. [9] If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. [10] If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1 John 1:6-10 People who use verses 8 and 10 to defend sin will likely not reference 1 John chapter 3 verses 6 and 9 because that would be self-defeating towards their intentions which is to excuse or allow sin in their lives. Whosoever abideth in him sinneth not: whosoever sinneth hath not seen him, neither known him. [7] Little children, let no man deceive you: he that doeth righteousness is righteous, even as he is righteous. [8] He that committeth sin is of the devil; for the devil sinneth from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that he might destroy the works of the devil. [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. [10] In this the children of God are manifest, and the children of the devil: whosoever doeth not righteousness is not of God, neither he that loveth not his brother. 1 John 3:6-10

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