[W]ith a heart of repentance and desire to please God we are being sharpened day by day through fellow Christians, Gods Word, and the help of the Holy Spirit.
We aren’t perfect, we’re Christian
Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Philippians 3:12-14 ESV).
As born again believers here on this earth there is never a point at which we have “arrived”. Our final destination of perfection is the moment we arrive in the most glorious, eternal, and holy place of heaven where we will meet Jesus face to face. Though we have not "arrived," we are called as Christians to live and speak a life of righteousness, which can cause conflict.
In my experience at American Family Association we have never claimed to have obtained perfection, although many skeptics would claim that we have. In fact it is the opposite. We point to Jesus who is perfect. Jesus is the way, the truth, and the life and no one obtains eternal life without going through Him. His Word gives us our guide to righteous living for His glory. He is the author and perfecter of our faith.
As born again believers our goal is to press on toward the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. We understand that along the way we will have setbacks and make mistakes. Yet, with a heart of repentance and desire to please God we are being sharpened day by day through fellow Christians, Gods Word, and the help of the Holy Spirit.