going sinless for 50 years
At a conference earlier this year (which I’ll not specify to protect the innocent and the guilty), I’m having a conversation about what some Christians believe with 2 other guys. We were talking about differences and nuances between some Christian sects and denominations. While most of them agree on major doctrines, most have various differences on minor practices. I know it’s confusing, especially if you have to know which of the 3,000+ denominations in the US (or 30,000+ in the world) is the right one.
So we get to talking about a particular Christian group. Person #1 described that group of Christians that believed one could attain “entire sanctification” or “sinless perfection”. Yes, Christians of that stripe believed they could go sinless for 50 years!
In my utter amazement, I commented to Person #2, “Wouldn’t you like to know the secret?” Person #2 quickly snapped back, “No, I don’t!”
The three of us roared in empathetic laughter. (And I’m kicking myself for making such a naive comment.)
I don’t think even during my most spiritual high times that I can be sinless for a week, or honestly, even a day. Call me an optimistic realist.
The question here is: how long can you actually go without sinning? Not very long, by my own personal standard, much less God’s standard.