This question arises from something I heard long ago in my Arminian years... I can't recall who told me this, but it was either from SBC or an Assembly of God teacher at my school.
Anyway, today as I confessed to God that my heart is dirty and sinful, this question crossed my mind.
The person told me that it IS possible, though not probable, for a person to live a sinless life after salvation. I think their argument was based on the idea that God commands us to be holy, and that He would not command us to do something that's not possible. Living a sinless life with God's help is possible.
Is this true, false? I know it's not practical or probable, but my motivation behind this question is this: If God has made us new, then perhaps He has purified our hearts. Along side this, the same teaching tells that we are sinless from the time we get saved until our first sin after that. What is good theology on this matter? Does it slap God in the face when I confess to Him that my heart is full of sin and utterly evil, when/if He has brought it out of that state?
Please forgive my ignorance on matters such as this. But I do certainly thank all of you who contribute to my learning.
Grace in Him,
[Edited on 6-15-2004 by ace]