The church at the current time has lost the radical nature of Christianity. I once spoke to a sincere person who said that he was almost completely sanctified.
I am sure this person’s faith is quite sincere but it is really a loss of the law of God. His will is we are perfect as he is perfect.
If we think we are nearly perfect we are in denial about the nature of man. Paul called himself the chief of sinners. You see modern theologians wish to be clever and turn this into Paul's pre-Christian self.
Let us give them that even though they are wrong. Now we must deal with the teachings of the bible which are very clear such as 1 John 1:8-10:
"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. If we claim we have not sinned, we make him out to be a liar and his word is not in us."
Really it is folly to say we are without sin. You see the need to say we are without sin is also irrelevant. We should desire to live rightly but there is more grace in God than sin in us.
You see the grace of God is infinite and we need simply to rest in grace. Resting in grace enables following the law rather than hindering it.
I recently wrote a post on my older blog on a Christian's value before God:
A Christians Value Before God