This is a spin-off of a related thread, but maybe we can focus a bit more...which of the following is more accurate?: 1. A Christian, once indwelt by the Holy Spirit, will still sometimes choose to sin... but he/she is also "able to not sin" such that it is actually possible to go for a few minutes, at least, maybe even a few hours, without sinning. Every sin is a conscious choice. -->This person would, by consequence, know true victory over sin, and be immediately aware of ANY sin he/she committed, and knew he/she should repent. 2. Even the best Christian will be plagued by his sinful desires till the day he dies such that nearly every moment he is by his thoughts, attitudes, and neglected duties failing to "Love God with all of his heart" and failing to "do all to the glory of God." He/she therefore sins nearly every moment. This view might even agree that every sin is a conscious choice, but would say that our hearts and minds are so complex that we make hundreds of small choices every minute about where to place priority, and many of these choices put our thoughts of self above our thoughts of God. -->This person would aim to please God, and battle sin, and even experience real victories over sins in his/her life, but recognize his constant failing at the heart level and so rely moment by moment on the grace of the cross. Though I have been taught that Christians are "able not to sin" based on Rom. 6. I have come to think that we will still fail in small ways nearly every minute of our lives. So I would be in the #2 camp.