Podcast Episode 002

#002: The 3 Biggest Reasons Christians Still Sin & How You Can Be Set Free From Them [Podcast]

The scriptures are extremely clear that as Christians we have been set free from sin. We no longer live under the bondage of sin.

But the truth is we all mess up occasionally (or frequently if you are like me!) in some way or another.

So what are the biggest reasons Christians still sin and how can we be free from sin?

That’s the topic of today’s podcast. I hope you enjoy it.

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What is sin?

Before we discussed the 3 biggest reasons we addressed the question “what is sin?”

The best resource if you want to look at this in more depth is the “Romans” series on the “The Grace Course”

The 3 Biggest Reasons Christians Still Sin & How You Can Be Free From Them

The biggest reasons as discussed in the podcast are:

  • The Sinful Nature
  • A False Identity
  • Habits

As I mentioned in the podcast there are some great resources on this site which will help with some of these things. I highly recommend you start by downloading my free eBook, “You Do Not Have A Sinful Nature”.

Questions Addressed in this episode

John Plummer: “What is sin?”

Collins Oleche: “What about 1 John 1:9 what should a believer do after realizing that he has committed sin?”

Jurgen Domacassee: “Are there different levels of sin? Greater sin or smaller sin?”

Madhavan Gunalan: “Mathew 12:31 & Mark 3:28-29. What is blasphemy against the Holy Spirit?”

Aaron Dudfield: “Phil, are you genuinely free from (or certainly well on the way to being) sin? In a very literal, practical sense.”

Cory Eighan: “If we are free from sin, why does Jesus and Paul command us not to do certain sins?”

Additional resources mentioned during Q&A portion:
Paul Ellis – Is 1 John 1 for believers?
“If we say we are without sin we deceive ourselves”

Be featured on the next podcast

Next week I will be interviewing my good friend Dan Heroy on the importance of our language as Christians. Dan has so much great stuff to say on how the way we speak as Christians can greatly determine our beliefs and the beliefs of those around us.

If you want to leave a question for Dan and I to answer or have a topic you think would be especially good for us to tackle then please do leave a comment below!

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If you have any questions about today’s topic please do leave them below.

Additionally I’d love to ask you a question. What are some of the biggest things you have found have made sin an issue in your life and how have you overcome them?

Please do share your thoughts in the comments below.

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    • Thanks Paul – that’s a huge thing… so easy to get caught up in the action but we will never be free from sin unless we start addressing the beliefs that cause them!

  1. Awesome Podcast Phil!

    I have a question for next week’s podcast on our language as Christians. For me, this topic on identity and not working on our sin and grace was a huge leap for me, and for some Christian friends I know it was hard for them to understand that they shouldn’t work on themselves but rest in who God has made them to be.

    So my question is, how should we speak to a new believer who may may not understand God completely, and their church/people around them are still speaking to them about their “sinful nature” and giving them the wrong identity?

    • Hi Nick – great question – I’m just about start recording the podcast and we’ll definitely tackle it! Should be out Thursday! :)

      Thanks for asking man!

  2. Really appreciating your podcast Phil. One thing that seems to be lacking in our understanding of grace is lordship, if it is based on holiness and my understanding of holiness is that if you had a white sheet the size of Australia then you could not find so much as a grain of black sand on it, then is anyone really walking in His lordship, or am I just getting it wrong. I would really appreciate your input. Bless you Phil .

  3. Love your work Phil. Particularly in regards to our identity and LACK of sin nature. You invited us to comment on how we have overcome “sin” in our lives or a revelation that has truly set us free.

    Mine came in a discipleship intensive with Kevin Weaver, author of the upcoming book Re_Orient. (keep an eye out for it, addresses how we misuse the 9 most common words in Christianity, SIN is one of those words.)

    In a nutshell, Ive started viewing “sin” as “perceived separation” from God. This lines up with your statement that “sin” is a belief. NOT an action. Its more of a relational state. To take it a step further, I believe its the belief that we are separated from God. John the Baptist prophecied, “The Lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world.” He didnt take away our actions, he took away the separation between God and man. This lines up in my life very practically. When I perceive that I am separated from God (perception, not reality) then my behaviors are in danger of being inferior, producing what we call “sin”. The problem wasnt my action, the problem was my perceived state of separation from the father. When I survey my life, every “sin” could be avoided if I TRULY believed that God the father was in the room with me, let alone actually in my heart. This works not because i’m “in the presence of a punisher” but because im mindful of Gods heart and want to protect that connection.

    Ive been asking people what a practical solution to “sin” in our lives would be, and though they can’t define sin, most everybody agrees the solution to it is to “have a closer connection with God, be more aware of his presence in our lives.” I think by considering the solution to the “sin” problem, we can help define what SIN really is: Belief in the lie that you and the Father are separated. Ive stopped being mindful and terrified of my “sin” and just focused on being more aware of his presence in my life and my connection with him, and this has produced great fruit.

    Thanks for your ministry.

    • Wonderful thoughts Tyler!

      Benjamin Dunn puts it this way – “Sin isn’t what causes separation – it is separation that causes sin.”

      Thanks so much for sharing!

  4. Hi Phil, Absolutely love your teachings and now the pod casts. As I am getting more and more attuned to living in grace, now I am finding I’m not quite sure the best way to pray. When I thought that God was in control of everything I would pray that God would save, heal and deliver. Now my understanding is that people have free will and God wants them saved healed and delivered, but He most likely isn’t going to wham.. give them a Paul experience. Instead we are here, the body of Christ to do these things. Also regarding evil people.. can’t really pray for God to “get them”. Plus most of the things I might ask for.. God has already given spiritually. So that leaves fellowship time and getting to know Him. I think declarations and commands are great for a specific situation.. But how to pray for others — intercession? I know Jesus is our intercessor.. Wondering if you have any thoughts about this and/or know of any good book about prayer?

    • Hi Holly! Thanks for your kind words!

      I think it’s tough because we don’t want to try to control someone else’s beliefs and conduct. The Bible refers to this as witchcraft!

      But I think it is OK for us to pray that God would continue to bless that person, put the right people in their path, continue to make His grace obvious to them etc.

      I think ultimately prayer is summed up best by union with Him… an awareness and enjoyment of His presence. Out of that place we speak the life and power of Jesus into everything.

      Hope that helps! Sorry I took so long to reply… your comment disappeared in the system I had to go hunt it out!

  5. I knew this podcast was going to really speak to me because I kept getting distracted and had to listen to it twice, and then going back listening to pieces a few times. I really do appreciate everything you said in it. A few months ago, I was having a grumble at myself over something and one of my pastors walked up to me and said that I wasn’t allowed to have a thought about myself that Jesus doesn’t have. It knocked me backwards….what a powerful statement! And your podcast echoed the same thoughts… Thank you for your awesome ministry.

    • Thanks Bev – I’m so glad you liked it! That is a really great statement! A life changing one if we let it become so!

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