Sinless perfection

A few people have asked me if I taught what is known as “sinless perfection.” My answer was, “If it is in the Bible I teach it, but I don’t even know what that is, since it’s not written in the Bible anywhere." I’m a Bible teacher, and not a crowd pleaser (Galatians 1:10, 1 Thessalonians 2:4-6). I've been called by God to teach His Word, and not called by man to fill a building; huge difference.

Curiously, I decided to do a word search on the internet to see what I was being accused of teaching, and I found a white haired, George Washington looking guy who teaches “Methodism,” which is another word that is not in the Bible. Therefore, I won’t be teaching it; end of discussion. However, if the Bible says that we can be sinless, and perfect, I will teach that.

Now I do see words like sanctification, holiness, and perfection in love, which I will teach because those are in the Bible. I’m writing this article as I am scanning over some of these pages.

There are several thousand articles, and most of them seem to be against sinless perfection, which I am assuming means being sinless, and perfect. Like any other Bible subject, the unbelievers clog the pages with philosophy, but if we strip away all of the philosophy, and all of the man-made fifteen letter words, what we are left with is one or two verses. So, lets get to the point.

Can Christians be sinless? I think I have already answered that question several times over on this website for those who believe their Bible, but one more verse won't hurt anything. Can we cease from sin in this lifetime according to the following passage of scripture?

1 Peter 4:1-5
Therefore, since Christ suffered for us in the flesh, arm yourselves also with the same mind, for he who has suffered in the flesh has ceased from sin, 2 that he no longer should live the rest of his time in the flesh for the lusts of men, but for the will of God. 3 For we have spent enough of our past lifetime in doing the will of the Gentiles — when we walked in lewdness, lusts, drunkenness, revelries, drinking parties, and abominable idolatries. 4 In regard to these, they think it strange that you do not run with them in the same flood of dissipation, speaking evil of you. 5 They will give an account to Him who is ready to judge the living and the dead. NKJV

Obviously all Christians can stop sinning completely according to that passage of scripture. We either believe God, or we don’t believe God, hence the terms believers, or unbelievers. We are one or the other, but believers do not speak in opposition to the faith just because we don't live up to it (Romans 10:6-8, 2 Corinthians 4:13).

No, believers, believe God unto salvation (Romans 10:10), and repent when they fall short. Unbelievers mock God's Word, and in the last days mockers (scoffers, ridiculers) will come speaking against the Word of the Lord (2 Peter 3:1-7). So, what is happening today should not be a shock to anyone who knows the truth, but it's probably confusing to those who don't know the truth for themselves. My advice is to never side with anyone who does not accept and believe everything that is written in the Bible.

So, as I look at the search results, most of these people are unbelievers, disguised as believers. An unbeliever will always have a good reason why he can’t just accept what his Bible says. So, don’t be tricked by their titles.

Jesus used the title of a servant, and made Himself of no reputation, and so should we (Philippians 2:5-8, below).

Philippians 2:5-8
5 Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, 6 who, being in the form of God, did not consider it robbery to be equal with God, 7 but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross. NKJV

We can be sinless, but what about perfect? Continued below.

Can Christians be perfect?

I could list the many verses that have the word perfect in them, but let’s just answer the question. If someone asked me if Christians could be perfect, I would ask them, “What does the Bible say?” We may not like what it says, but one thing is for sure. If God said it, believers believe it just as Abraham believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness (Romans 4:18-24).

Why? The only way that we can be imputed righteousness is to believe as Abraham believed. He is our example of how we have got to believe in order to be credited righteousness (Romans 4:19-24 below) and according to Jesus Christ, only the righteous make it into the Kingdom of Heaven (Matthew 5:20).

Romans 4:19-24
19 And not being weak in faith, he did not consider his own body, already dead (since he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb. 20 He did not waver at the promise of God through unbelief, but was strengthened in faith, giving glory to God, 21 and being fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform. 22 And therefore "it was accounted to him for righteousness." 23 Now it was not written for his sake alone that it was imputed to him, 24 but also for us. It shall be imputed to us who believe in Him who raised up Jesus our Lord from the dead, NKJV

By that alone you will know where the people who speak agsint the verses I'm about to show you will end up unless they repent. How can we be fully convinced that what God has promised, He will also perform (verse 21 above) if we speak in opposition to it? We can't.

So, does the Bible say we can be perfect? Yes it does, and it also tells us how.

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

Now, according to God, not Alan, who is perfect, and how can we be perfect, and what will it benefit us to be perfect? Whenever I teach perfection, someone always starts their question with, “you believe,” which I finish with “God.” I believe God, point, blank, period.

I believe God, and God has defined what He calls “a perfect man” in the verse above. So, first things first, take all of those who do not believe God and label them “unbelievers,” since that is what they are according to God unless they repent. Never sit under an unbeliever, because when the blind lead the blind, both fall into the ditch (Matthew 15:14).

Can Christian believers be perfect according to God? The answer is “yes!” How can Christians be perfect according to God? According to James 3:2 above, we would have to “never stumble in word,” which is something that all Christians should be practicing already, and I will prove it.

Also, notice that James 3:2 above says that we all stumble in many ways. It has nothing to do with stumbling. Once made perfect, we will have the ability to control (bridle) our whole body. In other words, we should all be seeking perfection in God’s eyes in accordance with God’s ways first, so that we can stop stumbling.

We got the cart before the horse! People without understanding like to point out every little sin that a righteous person may do, but if they would repent and turn they would understand what the righteous are trying to accomplish. We have to be righteous before we can stop sinning, and the seal of our righteousness is the putting off of our sinful nature (Colossians 2:11, Romans 4:11).

Jesus came to call sinners to repentance, but the righteous have already repented and are now heading in the right direction; belief, and living by faith (Romans 1:17). Grace reigns through righteousness (Romans 5:21).

Luke 15:7
7 I say to you that likewise there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance. NKJV

Luke 5:31-32
31 Jesus answered and said to them, "Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. 32 I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance." NKJV

The righteousness of faith includes saying certain things and not saying certain things, even in our heart.

Romans 10:6-8
6 But the righteousness of faith speaks in this way, "Do not say in your heart, 'Who will ascend into heaven?'" (that is, to bring Christ down from above) 7 or, "'Who will descend into the abyss?'" (that is, to bring Christ up from the dead). 8 But what does it say? "The word is near you, in your mouth and in your heart" (that is, the word of faith which we preach): NKJV

Notice that these are the verses right before Romans 10:9, which we all use to get a new convert saved, but if we would start at the beginning of Romans chapter ten, we would see that this passage is about submitting to God’s way of being righteous (Romans 10:3), which includes speaking in-line with the faith.

Romans 10:3-4
3 For they being ignorant of God's righteousness, and seeking to establish their own righteousness, have not submitted to the righteousness of God. NKJV

How can we be righteous by faith if we speak in opposition to what God has said? We can’t, and if we never make the tree good, the fruit will never be of any count either, and that is what we see today.

We see millions of well-trained unbelievers today, who cannot possibly speak in-line with the faith because they do not submit to God’s way of being righteous, and so they have to reject what God said because they can’t live up to it. Therefore, they have established their own way.

How do we make a bad tree good? Out of the abundance of the heart, the mouth speaks (verse 34 below). We’re either speaking in accordance with God’s Word, or man’s garbage, but only God’s Word leads to perfection.

Matthew 12:33-37
33 "Either make the tree good and its fruit good, or else make the tree bad and its fruit bad; for a tree is known by its fruit. 34 Brood of vipers! How can you, being evil, speak good things? For out of the abundance of the heart the mouth speaks. 35 A good man out of the good treasure of his heart brings forth good things, and an evil man out of the evil treasure brings forth evil things. 36 But I say to you that for every idle word men may speak, they will give account of it in the day of judgment. 37 For by your words you will be justified, and by your words you will be condemned." NKJV

Now, I know that unbelievers will try and twist what I am saying into some type of undesirable label like fakeism or some other made-up word, but you learn the verses for yourself, so that you will not be tricked.

Does this involve human effort? Again, it’s not what Alan says, but what does God say? What is our part of the promise?

James 3:2
2 For we all stumble in many things. If anyone does not stumble in word, he is a perfect man, able also to bridle the whole body. NKJV

Our focus should be on “never stumbling in word,” if we want to have the God given ability to bridle (control) our whole body. So, call it what you want, but that’s our part of the promise, and praise God it’s working for me. That’s another reason why I refuse to use words like “trinity,” and phrases like “go have a personal relationship.”

In light of that verse, guess what happened over a hundred years ago, when evangelist started skipping over Romans 10:1-8 in their rush to count the number of people coming to the stage? They started making Christians who knew nothing about the righteousness of faith, which is what the promised inheritance given to Abraham is based on (Romans 4:13).

Guess what the outcome has been. Now the church is full of “saved” people who cannot control their body; no self-control, addictions, bad habits, etc. Sounds like 2 Timothy 3:1-5 (below) is happening right on schedule doesn’t it, and if I decided to follow those instructions, what would I do?

2 Timothy 3:1-6
3 But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away! NKJV

Better hurry up and repent! Time is running out my friend. Start reading the New Testament, out loud like there ain’t no tomorrow. After my dear wife edits this page, she will replace that word, ain’t.

I'm Alan Ballou; a servant. If you have any questions for me concerning the things I have discussed, please ask.

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