Hip and Thigh: Smiting Theological Philistines with a Great Slaughter. Judges 15:8

Sunday, November 04, 2007

God and Men in Sanctification

I personally believe that many Christians have an errant understanding of sanctification, the doctrine which teaches of how the Holy Spirit works in the life of a believer so as to be made personally holy.

There are two extremes.

On the one hand, people have the notion they are to be entirely passive and God is suppose to remove their desires to sin. On the other hand, is a misguided, radical expression of personal legalism born from the idea of perfectionism, or the belief men can obtain personal sinlessness here in this life, which always sends the person into a spiral of despair when he or she is unable to fulfill the requirements of personal, sinless perfection. This second group tends to emphasize conditional security and the loss of salvation.

Phil Johnson recently addressed Philippians 2:12, 13 where he talked about these two extremes and the importance of striking a proper, biblical balance. The second one goes into more detail about the historical development of sinless perfectionism and its roots with the Wesley brothers and how this pernicious false doctrine still plays havoc in the body of Christ.

I...Yet, not I Part 1

I...Yet, not I Part 2

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