So, the question is did the Apostle Paul really believe that he was bound to sin and that the good that he willed to do he could not accomplish, but evil and things that he detested and hated, those things he practiced even though it was against his will, it was just sin dwelling in him. In short the answer is NO, absolutely not! So, why do Christians come to the conclusion that the Apostle Paul was preaching that he himself was a sinner, therefore all of us are sinners, and we are just saved by “easy grace”.
Christians come to this conclusion for 2 reasons; 1) they themselves don’t really want to know Jesus, they would rather just trust their Bible, their own understanding of the scriptures, and number 2, they never get to the conclusion of the argument the Apostle Paul was making. So, first off we have to really want to know Jesus and we have to want to reconcile things with Him. Secondly, if we’re going to understand the Apostle Paul’s argument we certainly have to read to the END of the argument. We can’t Stop in chapter 7 of Romans. It makes sense how many Christians can come to false conclusions when they don’t get to Paul’s conclusion. See, in chapter 7 the Apostle Paul speaks about this fight between good and evil or what he calls the law of sin, the law of our flesh, verse the law of the Spirit which is spoken of in chapter 8. So, when we compare ourselves to the Law of Moses or the Old Testament Law that God gave, even when we want to keep that law with all of our heart, we find this law in us of evil and sin, and we find that we cannot keep it. Therefore, we realize that the Law is good because it is pointing out how evil we are, but when we are in THAT state, we are NOT re-born. It doesn't mean that we STAY in that state.
But the conclusion comes in chapter 8. Look what the Apostle Paul wrote in chapter 8, this is the conclusion: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus.” The conclusion does not stop there. It's not that we are just in Jesus and we just BELIEVE that we are saved because we believe Jesus has died on the cross… Look what the Apostle Paul wrote, this is the conclusion: “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus who do NOT walk according to the flesh, but according to the SPIRIT. For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has made me FREE from the law of sin and death.” THAT is the conclusion! If we truly put on righteousness, if we truly repent of our sins, there is now a new law in us, the law of the Spirit of God! No longer are we bound to our sin and the old nature, we are reborn.
So, Christians who Stop in chapter 7 and who are drawing their own conclusions are going to come to a false conclusion every time. Not only do they disagree with the Apostle Paul, not only are they coming to their own false conclusions, but they’re actually rejecting or going against the Holy Spirit. And the Holy Spirit is teaching us a new law, that we CAN overcome our sins, that we can live holy. The same Holy Spirit that resurrected Jesus Christ from the dead is able to set you FREE and to raise you from death, spiritual death, to the newness of life, and there is hope for you, there is hope for you to really repent, to put your faith in Jesus and to completely STOP SINNING. It’s not by the power of your flesh, but it is by the Spirit of God, the same Spirit that raised Jesus Christ from the dead.
So don’t believe any Christians that say that, “You cannot stop sinning, even look at the Apostle Paul, he couldn’t stop sinning, he was bound to sin, look at his own words…” Don't draw those conclusions, do not believe them, because these Christians have not come to the conclusion in chapter 8, neither do they come to the conclusion that the Holy Spirit leads us to, which is, when we are reborn we live in the newness of life, we do not practice sin, we are not bound to sin because we HAVE been set free!
Do you really want to be set free of sin and live in the newness of life? Or do you want to stop in chapter 7 where most all of the Christian Church stops, to justify their sin? Will you come into the light and live with Jesus? He loves you, He has made the way for you, but He will not do your work for you of repentance. You have to go with Him, you have to choose to leave your life of sin behind and walk with Him. He will help you to overcome all your addictions, anything that is evil He will call you OUT from, but you have to do the work of repenting. May the grace of Jesus be with you