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David W. Jones: Why Do Christians Still Sin?

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Why do Christians still sin? In this video, Dr. David W. Jones, Professor of Christian Ethics and Associate Dean for Theological Studies, explains the four reasons given by Paul in Ephesians 2 that believers still sin. Watch the video above, or read a few excerpts below.


The course of the world is sloped downhill. If we believers put it in neutral, we’ll start going backwards.

Why do Christians still sin?

Ephesians 2:1-3 gives us four reasons:

  1. We’ve trained ourselves how to sin.
    “We’re used to allowing our passions to vent. Until our minds are transformed, we still sin.”
  2. We live in a fallen world.
    “The course of the world is sloped downhill. If we believers put it in neutral for a minute, we’ll start going backwards. We always need to be progressing towards Christ because the world is sloped downhill.”
  3. Demonic temptation.
    “I think it’s reasonable to assume that from time to time supernatural temptation will come upon us because of the prince of the power of the air.”
  4. The lusts of the unglorified bodies.
    “We as yet wait the glorification of our fleshly bodies at the resurrection…. The flesh tempts us to sin.”

What hope do we have to fight temptation?

“We have the resources of the word of God, the people of God, and the Spirit of God that we can rely upon to not give in to these temptations and to draw closer to Christ.”

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David W. Jones

Dr. Jones is a Professor of Christian Ethics and serves as the Associate Dean of Theological Studies and Director of the Th.M. Program at Southeastern Seminary. He is the author of many books, including Every Good Thing, An Introduction to Biblical Ethics and is the co-author of Health, Wealth, and Happiness. He comments on the Bible over at redeemedmind.com.

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