You have heard it said that once a sinner always a sinner but I tell you “though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool. (Isaiah 1:18)”
This phrase “once a *blank* always a *blank*” has been used by members of all classes in society to keep the downtrodden down, to keep those who would renew themselves lose hope, to keep those who would repent and return under the leadership of the One True Savior, our One True God, Jesus Christ, stay in their sin and die.
I tell you this day that this statement, and all others like it are nothing but lies. Lies, that began with Satan since the beginning and are being perpetuated by his followers till this day. I call them lies because only one of these two ideas may be true: Either man is imperfect and that’s all he will ever be in this life, or Jesus came to die so that imperfect man may repent and be transformed into righteousness and become perfect. Either we remain sinners perpetually and thereby render Jesus’s sacrifice void, or Jesus’s sacrifice, for the forgiveness of our sins unto righteousness, is upheld and thereby renders void our old sinful ways. Both cannot stand.
I call all statements like “once a sinner always a sinner” and “we all know we’re not perfect” lies because, like in the beginning, they contradict the Word of God. In the beginning God said “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat of it YOU SHALL SURELY DIE. (Gen 2:16, 17)” What did Satan say to Eve in contrast? “YOU WILL NOT SURELY DIE. (Gen 3:4)” Only ONE of those two statements and ideas can be true.
When Eve lived according to the Word of God, she had life abundantly. But what was the result of her believing a lie (an idea opposing what God decrees) and living her life according to that lie? Death, Pain, Suffering and all that currently ails mankind.
This same phenomenon is happening today. Jesus, God Almighty, and any true follower of His, come to offer mankind the same choice God presented in the garden – Believe my Words and Live according to them. Likewise, Satan, The Deceiver, and his minions, come to offer another opposing idea – You do not need to believe God’s Words and live according to them to have life – one that if believed will keep mankind in a state of death.
Jesus, the King Himself, tells us to “Be ye therefore perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.”Matthew 5:48
Therefore, any word, any interpretation that contradicts this, is a lie, no matter their subtlety or ‘good’ intentions.
If you would believe it, any statement contradicting this Word of God, any Word of God, is said only to keep us in our current state of disobedience and death. Even if the speaker is none other than ourselves.
What most people do not realize is that each time they utter the phrase “We’re only human” or others like it, they are in fact “conforming to this world” and thereby rejecting the very salvation Jesus suffered and died to bring them. They are accepting their current situation, knowledge, understanding over the one Jesus taught, lived, and died upholding.
Consider for a moment when people say “once a *blank*, always a *blank*.” What they are communicating is that it is impossible to be or to do anything except what you currently are.
Let us run a quick test. Fill in the blank with a word of your choosing:
ONCE A ___________, ALWAYS A ____________.
I bet that pretty much all of you fill in the blanks with something negative. You can also be certain that whenever this type of language is used it is referring to a negative state of being.
Perhaps the most debilitating lie man ever utters is “We all know we’re not perfect” or “We’re only human” because it perpetuates living a sinful life continually, and it provides its believers with a sense of unity, a sense of community, a sense of belonging, all while bestowing upon them a death sentence. It essentially says “at least we’ll die together!” This all too common phrase is a subtle killer. It paralyzes those who are able to save themselves by lulling them into a false sense of peace under a banner of togetherness. A concept often utilized by cult leaders.
It is not the togetherness, nor the dedication to an idea greater than oneself that is evil or deadly, but the devotion of oneself to a lie.
Here is the lie: That is it better to accept defeat – to accept the status quo; to accept what the eye can see – and do little to nothing differently, rather than hope – to strive for the better that we all know and are able to perceive beyond our current situation- and live differently by accepting the gift of God which is righteousness unto eternal life.
On the one hand, if you believe that “once a sinner always a sinner” or “man can only be imperfect” then all that awaits you is eternal death. On the other hand, if you believe there is an opportunity, another way, to not only live a better life here, but to have life eternal – a way made possible by the sacrifice of Jesus – it is only logical, reasonable, to pursue that hope with all of your faculties; that is if your true intent is to have life.
Imagine being in a house on fire and you are told by people you trust and love that there is no fire, or that there is no way out, that inhaling smoke and/or burning until you die is the way of things. That is the way of those who say “Once a *blank* always a *blank*” or “We’re not perfect”.
Imagine on the other hand while you are in that burning house, a seeming stranger enters the burning house to let you know that not only is the house indeed on fire but there is also a way out – a challenging path for sure- and all you have to do is give up your imminently-fading life in the burning house and follow Him. That is the way of those who believe that Jesus “who knew no sin [became] sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him. (2 Cor 5:21)” “That we might be “therefore perfect as [our] heavenly Father is perfect.”
If your priority is to remain with those you trust and love, then you will surely stay in the burning house either believing that it is not ablaze, or believing that it is indeed on fire, but choosing to cherish and spend the short and precious time you have left together with them.
If your priority is to have life and have it abundantly however, you will do your best to persuade those you love of the truth of their situation and to follow you on this newly-learned path to life. If you are unable to convince them, you will surely continue to follow this seeming stranger towards life, safety, and freedom.
The sad reality about this analogy I use is that too many people do not perceive that this world is much like a house set on fire, and because of this lack of realization, they have no sense of the impending danger they face: eternal death.
So, Is Once A Sinner Always A Sinner? Is Imperfection ALL that man can hope for in this life?
Ultimately, like all things in this life, God offers you a choice: it is up to YOU to DECIDE. You can believe in what your eyes have always seen and what others have told you or you can believe in what God has told you and came to our existence to show you:
“For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”John 3:16