"Just as the sinner's despair of any hope from himself is the first prerequisite of a sound conversion, so the loss of all confidence in himself is the first essential in the believer's growth in grace."
- A. W. Pink
"But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves of God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life." - Romans 6:22
"Are we to continue in sin that grace might increase?" (Rom 6:1) The most common usage of "continue" (epimeno) in the NT is the literal picture of one abiding, remaining on, persisting in, tarrying or staying at a place (Acts 10:48, Acts 21:4, 10, Acts 28:12, 14, 1Co 16:7, 8, Gal 1:18)