Andreu Seu reflects on a recent time she sinned and how important it is to think properly about why we sin and our culpability in it. She writes of two Christian anthropologies (view of man):
The first one speaks of the metaphysical necessity of sin and the continuing bondage of the believer to a sinful nature, and of Christ’s role as constant forgiver but not enabler to escape sin. This view sees what I did yesterday morning as proof I have a sin nature and cannot help but sin.
The second view is that the Christian is no longer controlled by a sin nature and no longer sins by necessity but only by choice in every instance. This view sees the atonement of Christ as not merely a spring of constant forgiveness of a constant stream of sinning but as the enablement to say “no” to temptation at any given moment.
Which is the right view? The way I feel as I go about my business will have everything to do with which notion I carry around in my head, so the answer to this question is not academic but of the utmost practicality.
From “A Failure Observed”