The message entrusted to the church is always one of forgiveness and reconciliation with God. It’s never one of condemnation and judgement. Yet there is a call to live a holy life; therefore what are we to do about sin.
The first point to make is that we are made holy because of what Christ has done and not because of what we do. Further more we become overcomers of sin simply because God empowers us with his Holy Spirit to overcome sin. Now if we who have the Holy Spirit still struggle to overcome sin, even though we have the empowering presence of God living within us; how can we expect those without the Holy Spirit to stop sinning?
Therefore the context of overcoming sin within the New Testament is always within the framework in that we have been given the Spirit of God to over come. Therefore we are cannot expect any to stop sinning and nor does God expect any to stop sinning without his empowering presence to overcome. Its a bit like putting someone into a v8 supercharged car without breaks and tell them to drive flat out, at full throttle towards a wall and stop just before it.
Therefore why do we act as if we have the power to over come sin through any act of self will and call on society to stop sinning? Society does not have the empowering presence of the Holy Spirit dwelling within them. Our message is and has to be….All of humanity struggles with Sin…in Christ God offers a full pardon of sin and promises to forgive and empower you to overcome sin…