What is Sin?

I've heard so many competing definitions, and I'd really like to have a solid answer--what is sin?

Can Christians live above it?
Are Christians forgiven when they do it?
Do Christians lose salvation when they commit it?

If you've a good answer, please share it.

JeffLogan's picture

Very interesting...

...perhaps we are closer in our understanding than we admit to.

You said, "but only those who have passed on can be declared once and for all as actually having been Saved and a Saint in Heaven forever with the LORD . . . and those who remain on this earth, we the saints of the living Church, having not yet arrived and passed the LORD's Judgement."

Yes, it would appear that the church's authority to bind and lose is rather limited and the final judgment is the Lord's.

Then you went on to say, "The reason the Church cannot and will not declare a person a Saint until they have passed on to the next Life . . . is that this determination cannot be made until the person's Life has been sealed by their death . . . after which passing, there is nothing more which can be either gained or lost of the Unity with or of the lack of unity with CHRIST."

Yes, their life is sealed at death. "In that very day their thoughts perish." "Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest."
Psalm 146:4; Eccl 9:10 (KJV)

"Iniquitas mentita est sibi"

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“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you."