Am I Really a Christian If I Still Sin?

Episode 264 Show Notes 

Am I Really a Christian If I Still Sin?

From the Show

Paul isn’t saying here that we will completely kill indwelling sin in our life. Rather, he says that we “have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.” So this is not an imperative; it’s an indicative. He’s telling us what is true of every believer. Every Christian has repented, decisively turned from making myself the center of the universe. I have turn from the idol called me, to the living Christ. Repentance and faith, that’s what we call conversion. Now, in order to be converted, we have to be regenerated. And so the new birth is God’s gift from above. The holy Spirit creates faith in our hearts by the preaching of the gospel. Paul says, Romans 10, faith comes by hearing the word of Christ and then, regenerated by the Holy Spirt, we repent and believe. Regeneration or the new birth leads to conversion which is repentance and faith. And so we’re involved. We don’t cooperate in our regeneration, our new birth. We’re acted upon. We are spiritually dead, and he raises us to life. But in our conversion, we repent, and we believe. It’s a gift, but we do it.

— Michael Horton

Questions in this Episode

1. Does it matter if a person is cremated or buried?

2. What do you think is more important for a church good preaching or heartfelt worship?

3. Since Galatians 5:24 says, “And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires,” does this mean that if a person hasn’t completely killed sin are they are not really a Christian?

4. Is the doctrine of the Trinity biblical? I believe in the Trinity I have just never heard this taught from the Bible.

5. What should we look for in a good Bible translation? How do we know if a translation is accurate since we don’t have the originals?


Michael Horton, The Gospel Driven Life


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