When I was a teen, I saw a bumper sticker that stated, “Christians aren’t perfect, just forgiven.” Christians are not perfect, but Christians are able to be forgiven when they sin.                  1 John 1:8-9 states, “If we claim to be without sin, we deceive ourselves and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just and will forgive us our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness.”

Those who are Christians have believed, repented, and been baptized (immersed) for the forgiveness of their sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit (See Acts 2:36-39). As Christians, we must confess our sins to Almighty God and He will “forgive us …and purify us.”

Many times those who are not Christians see people in the Church as hypocrites. Sometimes they are right, but a lot of times Christians are called hypocrites because they are not perfect. They sin and are a poor example to others. However, if they confess their sins to God, He will forgive them.

The difference between a sinner who is a Christian and a sinner who is not a Christian is the ability to receive forgiveness. The Church is a hospital for sinners, who when they are in Christ Jesus are viewed by God as saints. “You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ” Galatians 3:26-27.

If you visit our congregation, do not expect to see people who do not sin. Expect to see people growing in Jesus so they sin less and less. We attend church services because we know we are sinners who need the forgiveness of Jesus in order to live for Him and have the promise of Heaven.