THE AMBIGUOUS TERMS: "FALL SHORT" OR "MESS UP"
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.
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