In our efforts to deal with certain sins, it seems to me that we have wandered from the Truth and into error concerning our own nature. Paul tells us that as they (the world) is so some of us were. Yet I cannot count how many times I’ve heard “us” (regenerate believers) referred to as identical to them - save a belief in Christ. What bothers me is that I cannot find this anywhere in Scripture, yet it prevails in Christian discourse (at least in my experience). Scripture presents us as being reborn, sanctified, justified, set aside as holy. It presents us as being freed from sin, able to do the right, and calls us to purity. Never are we described as “sinners saved by grace.” We were sinners who have been saved by grace. It just seems to me that we (believers) too readily identify with sin instead of Christ. I am starting to wonder if we do not share some guilt in the advancement of certain sins within our culture.