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Ambiguous terms like “fall short” or “mess up” can mean almost anything from missing an appointment to committing adultery. In respect to our Saviour, please do not sugar-coat sin --or trivialize it. Say what you mean so that everyone knows what you are talking about. Here, John defines sin:

“Whosoever committeth sin transgresseth also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law.” 1 John 3:4

NOTE: The scriptures that make a distinction between COMMITTING SIN and sins of ignorance.

If “falling short” = committing sin, which is an intentional sin of rebellion. According to John, that Christian is a child of the devil:

“HE THAT COMMITTETH SIN IS OF THE DEVIL, 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. 1 John 3:8

“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." 1 John 3:9

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 3:10

CONCLUSION: Christianity has many people whom God has called. Most of them have never fully repented; they are not born-again and are being led by a seducing spirit. They don't need to be coddled with flesh-pleasing terms like "fall short" and "mess up". They must be told that any Christian that COMMITS SIN is a child of the devil. He has either never been born-again --or he has received the grace of God in vain and will perish on judgment day.

Donna Kupp

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