“Christian Perfectionism” – False Doctrine based on a false premise…

False doctrine of “Christian Perfectionism” “Sinless Perfectionism” and the teaching of Jesus? (Woman caught in Adultery, John 8:1-11). Scripture and a comment/discussion,

1 but Jesus went to the Mount of Olives. 2 Early in the morning he came again to the temple. All the people came to him, and he sat down and taught them. 3 The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst 4 they said to him, “Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. 5 Now in the Law, Moses commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?” 6 This they said to test him, that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. 7 And as they continued to ask him, he stood up and said to them, “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” 8 And once more he bent down and wrote on the ground. 9 But when they heard it, they went away one by one, beginning with the older ones, and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. 10 Jesus stood up and said to her, “Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?” 11 She said, “No one, Lord.” And Jesus said, “Neither do I condemn you; go, and from now on sin no more.”]] Emphasis (highlight) is mine: John 8:1-11 (ESV)


Inspired text or scribal addition?

Christian comment,

Before we continue, understand that: [The earliest manuscripts do not include John 7:53–8:11.]; therefore, is the “Woman caught in adultery” inspired text or added later? The better translations bracket [John 7:53 to 8:11] to indicate their absence in our most trusted manuscripts; therefore, to base doctrine or one’s theological ideology on these verses is not practicing true Biblical wisdom.

With divine inspiration of the text questionable and in contention what is the conclusion of the matter concerning “Sinless Perfectionism?”

As long as one is encumbered with a body of sinful flesh (Romans 3:23) subject to the Adamic curse (Romans 5:12), sinless perfection is NOT possible and anyone who promotes the false doctrine of “Christian Perfectionism” or “Sinless Perfectionism” does not understand the Scriptures or the Holy Spirit who provided them.

Jesus enhanced culpability of the written code with Mens Rea (the thought life)…

Jesus, if the text is actually inspired, was not suggesting that the woman caught in adultery was to become sinless but that she was to walk away, repent, from her immoral lifestyle and pursue righteousness as grace had been provided her. Jesus would not command something that is not humanly possible; in fact, Jesus enhanced the Law of sin and death (the written code) to include mens rea (the thought life) so no longer must one physiologically engage in an act of disobedience to be culpable for sin but the mere “thought” of the sin is culpability before the Father (Matthew 5:21-28); therefore, humanity, encapsulated in sinful, condemned, flesh, will NEVER be sinless or perfect in reality and to even suggest the possibility exists is absurd and defies logic.

Though the redeemed in Jesus possess a new-nature as a result of their faith in Jesus as Lord (2 Corinthians 5:17), they are NOT sinless in mind or body or deed and that New Nature in Christ wars against the Old Nature in Adam, daily, and the internal struggle between good and evil will continue until the body of sin surrenders to death and frees the spirit that belongs to our Lord and was created in His spiritual image (Romans 7:14-25; 2 Corinthians 5:8; Genesis 1:26-28).

The ONLY “perfection” we can attain in this life constrained by Time, physics, flesh, is the IMPUTED perfection/righteousness Gifted us by faith in Jesus as Lord and being declared “not guilty” or “positionally right” with the Father by covenant promise (Hebrews 8:12; 2 Corinthians 5:21). As Christians, we are to pursue obedience to our Father’s will; this, accomplished through obedience to the indwelling Holy Spirit via the redeemed conscience producing the “fruit of the Spirit” (Galatians 5) as we walk daily in the divine process of sanctification yet the struggle with evil continues…

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