“Christian Perfectionism” – a fallacy promulgated by the Devil and under girded by spiritual ignorance, hypocrisy, false teachers…
There are those who teach the fallacy that Christians become perfect in word, thought, deed, and therefore are no longer subject to sin and the ravages of same within the Realm of Time. This is a lie of the Devil.
“You therefore must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect.” Matthew 5:48 (ESV)
“Christian Perfectionism” is a deceptive work of Satan and false teachers…don’t fall for it. The ONLY sinless perfection, noted by Messiah in Matthew 5:48, that one can attain in this life constrained by Time, is the perfection and righteousness of Jesus imputed – gifted into our life by faith in Jesus as our Messiah and receive the forgiveness of the Father by covenant promise (John 3; 2 Corinthians 5:21; Hebrews 8:12; Hebrews 10).
As a result of the sin-nature inherited from our earthly father, Adam, (Romans 5:12), Christians DO sin in word, thought and deed; difference being, the redeemed in Jesus are declared “not guilty” by the Father via covenant promise, a covenant founded upon “grace” (a gift of unmerited favor) through “faith” (trust-belief) in Messiah Jesus and 1 John 1:9 is provided us as a means to maintain “intimacy” with our Lord via a cleansed conscience.
Christians don’t repent and seek forgiveness of sin to maintain salvation as our salvation is secured and guaranteed by the blood of Jesus and the presence of the Holy Spirit indwelling us (John 10:28-30; Ephesians 1:13-14), but Christians repent and ask forgiveness to restore and maintain personal INTIMACY with our Lord as that INTIMACY and RELATIONSHIP is the most precious entity provided by Jesus through His sacrifice for us at Golgotha. Christians ask forgiveness and apologize to our Heavenly Father as we would a dear friend that we have wronged in word or deed; a true friend does not alienate you for your moment of indiscretion but your apology engenders restoration of intimacy, communication, the joy of fellowship. We apologize to our Heavenly Father for OUR BENEFIT and the benefit of our conscience.
Our Heavenly Father knows our heart, knows our weaknesses, knows our love for Him and the veracity of same; therefore, it is that love and grace of God within us via the Holy Spirit that motivates us to pursue righteousness, sinless perfection, but as long as we’re encumbered by corrupted flesh under the curse of sin, we struggle yet the Holy Spirit faithfully intercedes for us minute-by-minute in sanctification via the conscience; therefore, we’re granted peace with our Father through our faith in His Son, forever (Romans 8:26; Romans 5:1). Walk in peace with God seeking excellence in the security of covenant (Romans 8:35).
It is written and promised by the Holy Spirit,
35 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or danger, or sword? 36 As it is written,
“For your sake we are being killed all the day long; we are regarded as sheep to be slaughtered.”
37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8 (ESV)