Can Christians Go On Sinning 1 John 3:9 by Dan Corner

Can Christians Go Back To A Life Of Sin

No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in him; he cannot go on sinning, because he has been born of God. (1 John 3:9)

Does this mean that someone who is truly saved cannot go back to a life of sin?

To say a truly saved person can’t go back to a life of sin contradicts the extreme version of once saved always saved.

To conclude from that verse that one can’t go back to a life of sin is obvious error, as the Biblical examples of Solomon, the younger widows of 1 Tim 5:11-15, those referred to in 2 Pet 2:20-22, etc. show. Such a possibility is also implied from 1 Pet 1:14:

As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.

God’s seed (his word) impedes sin if it is hidden in our hearts (Psa 119:9-110). However, as one might not remain in the Vine (John 15:6), God’s seed might not remain in the person who gets born of God.

If 1 John 3:9 had the meaning the once saved always saved folks give it, then Paul’s warning to those born of God, which he gave multiple times (Gal 5:19-21), would be meaningless.

Copyright Dan Corner.