In the back of Finney’s Systematic Theology 1878 edition that is published by Bethany House Publishers, there is a glossary of terms. From what I can tell, the glossary of terms were not written by Finney but inserted by one of the publishers, as it is not in the online 1878 edition of Finney’s Systematic Theology.
This definition will give you a feel for the kind of disinformation people involve themselves in when they are trying to invalidate a doctrinal position they disagree with.
This definition is found on page 589.
Sinless perfection is not a term I have ever used to explain the “free from sin” teaching that I hold. While I do not think anyone believes the above definition of sinless perfection, I put it there to make a point.
Carnal people have always been willing to build straw men and rejoice as they tear them down. In doing so, the only ones they are tearing down is themselves and the simple people who do not have enough prudence to find out what a person teaches for themselves. “The simple believeth every word: but the prudent man looketh well to his going” (Pro 14:15).
So perhaps I should lay out what I consider the Bible teaches concerning the doctrine of “free from sin”. The following lays out clearly how I would hold the Bible teaches, when it comes to being free from sin.
1) A person who desires to become a child of God must bring forth fruits to God that are consistent, worthy, keeping with, and befitting repentance (Mat 3:8). Fruits befitting repentance have no merit in becoming a child of God, but are scriptural requirements.2) A person must have godly sorrow (2Cor 7:10) for their sins and repent of their sins (Luk 13:3) to become a child of God. Sorrow and repentance have no merit in becoming a child of God, but are scriptural requirements.
3) Repentance is a complete change in attitude toward your past sinful life and a commitment to completely change and reform your life by the power of God.
4) Becoming a child of God is by grace through faith and is not based on the merit of any works, but is the gift of God (Eph 2:8).
5) When by grace with godly sorrow and repentance through faith you believe in your heart (Rom 10:9) on the merits of the death and resurrection of Jesus, and ask God for forgiveness of sins, and believe by faith God has forgiven you (1Joh 1:9; Act 4:12 1Pet 1:9), you are converted and have become a child of God.
6) Freedom from sin (Rom 6:18) is obtained at the moment a person becomes a child of God (1Joh 1:8).
7) The sin that a person is freed from is willful acts of sins of commission and omission (Jam 4:17).
8) In order for a child of God to maintain victory over sin, the flesh, and the world (1Joh 2:15, 16), they must abide in Christ (Joh 15:4-6), in prayer obtain grace to help in time of need (Heb 4:16), be diligence to add the fruits of the Spirit to their life (2Pet 1:4-10), humble themselves before God (1Pet 5:5), build up their faith through reading the Word of God (Rom 10:17), hunger and thirst after righteousness (Mat 5:6), work out their salvation with fear and trembling (Phi 2:12), and be led by the Spirit of God (Rom 8:14).
9) If at any point a Christian commits a willful sin, they no longer have eternal life abiding in them (1Joh 3:15) and have become a child of the devil (1Joh 3:10).
Really, there is no difference between becoming free from sin and becoming a child of God.