Can a Christian be a servant of sin?


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Q: Is it possible for a Christian to sin?


A: Yes it is. 1 John 2:1-2 – My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. He is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the sins of the whole world.

This scripture shows us it is.



Q: Can a Christian also be a servant to sin.


A: No.

You can’t be born again and be a servant to sin. Once you’re born again, you are no longer under the law but under grace, so sin does not have dominion over a child of God. Rom. 6:14. Moreover, be conscious of this – your old man was put to death on the cross with him, so that the body of sin might be put away, and you might no longer be servants to sin. Because he who is dead is free from sin. Romans 6:1-7.



Q: Since I’m not a servant of sin, then why do I still fulfill the desires of the flesh at times?


A: That you’re born again doesn’t mean you can’t be tempted, and it doesn’t mean the desires of the flesh won’t come to you. They will because you still have a body/flesh (that is prone to sinning), which houses your spirit and soul/mind here on earth. But since you’re no longer a slave to sin (Romans 6:6), you can resist and overcome those desires. Take not of these;

—- Jesus said the spirit is willing but the flesh/body is weak, Matt.26:41

—- Because Paul did not want to be a castaway after preaching the gospel, He said he will put his body (the flesh) under subjection, to tame it, 1Cor.9:27.

—- The flesh and the Spirit are against each other, one seeking preeminence in you. Gal.5:17

These verses show that the flesh in itself has a will, moreover if you don’t walk in the Spirit, you will fulfill the desires of the flesh. Because the flesh is at war with the Spirit and vice versa. So here’s the deal, if you feed your flesh, you’ll yield to its lusts and reap corruption, but if through the Spirit you mortify the deeds of the flesh, then your life is guaranteed, Rom.8:12-13.

The antidote to fulfilling the lusts of the flesh is to ‘WALK IN THE SPIRIT’ Gal.5:16


Q: Does walking in the flesh make a child of God become a child of the devil?


A: NO! It doesn’t.

You didn’t become a child of God, only to become a child of the devil at any mistake or sin, or anytime you walk in the flesh, and maybe go back to being God’s child once you repent, and on-and-on in a cycle. Once you’re born again, your identity changes because you’re translated from the kingdom of darkness into the kingdom of light Eph.5:8, Col.1:13-14, 1Peter2:9. Yes! A Christian, is meant to walk in the Spirit, Gal.5:16, and Grace teaches us that, denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world… Titus 2:11-15. But if a Christian walks in the flesh, he’s not become a child of the devil

For instance, Mr. & Mrs. Tom have four kids, three are well behaved while Sep, one of the four kids is known with bad behaviors.

Sep still remains a Tom by identity, but may be called the black sheep of the family. So the parents, siblings and well-wishers just correct, pray and hope someday Sep will change for the best.

So also if a Christian walks in the flesh or sins, such is still a child of God. God wants such person to get back on track, like the prodigal son in Luke 15:12-24.

That’s why;

—- Jesus remains the only atonement for our sins, 1 John 2:1-2 and

—- Spiritual brethren should help anyone who has sinned to get back on track, in a spirit of love Gal. 6:1-2


But hey, if you’re adamant, you continue in sin, and you don’t mortify the deeds of the flesh, beware o! Cos your hope of being restored is only alive while you’re still alive. Repent now that you can and get back on track, you really don’t know if you’ll have the opportunity to, some other time.
I conclude with this, your salvation is not invalid the moment you commit a first sin after being saved. If it was, then I doubt if any man on earth will still be saved. You don’t believe right? Okay what happened to your salvation when you told a lie, or when you were angry and said what you shouldn’t have, or when you exaggerated the story just to prove a point and keep your listener entertained, or when you were not sure of the facts and you bare false witness, or when you beat the traffic light because there was no law enforcement official around… I’m sure you’re not a saint right? Okay here’s the simple fact; ‘If you fail to do what you know is right, you are sinning’ James 4:17(ESV).

—- God’s love brought you a new life by salvation, which you received through faith in Jesus, Ephesians 2:8-9. Moreover this new life places great demands on you, which you can only meet by the power of the Holy Spirit in you. You need to completely yield to God’s Spirit so you can live a holy life and become fruitful in your walk with God.


Always remember Titus 2:11 -15(ERV);

That is the way we should live, because God’s grace has come. That grace can save everyone.

It teaches us not to live against God and not to do the bad things the world wants to do. It teaches us to live on earth now in a wise and right way–a way that shows true devotion to God.

We should live like that while we are waiting for the coming of our great God and Savior Jesus Christ. He is our great hope, and he will come with glory.

He gave himself for us. He died to free us from all evil. He died to make us pure–people who belong only to him and who always want to do good.

These are the things you should tell people. Encourage them, and when they are wrong, correct them. You have full authority to do this, so don’t let anyone think they can ignore you.


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Ozioma Michaels

Mike is passionate about helping people know the truth, understand why they should believe and practice it in all areas of their personal lives; thereby living out their faith in Christ. His favourite word is ‘conviction’

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