THE WRONG VIEW OF SANCTIFICATION

THE WRONG THEORY OF SANCTIFICATION AND HOLINESS EXPLAINED: CHRISTIAN PERFECTIONISM AND THE PRINCIPLE OF COUNTERACTION
What is the Biblical Pattern for the Christian Life?
Charles e Whisnant, February 11, 2012

INTRODUCTION:

1A       For our understanding of the actual teaching of Paul, this enables us to follow his argument as he works it out in this whole section. It is not enough to note his doctrine; Paul always wants to apply it. Paul wants to make sure that you don’t fall into what is called “antinomianism” which is not putting into practice what you claim you believe. We must more than just understand the doctrine, we must apply the doctrine to our daily lives.

2A       These two verses have an important place in the New Testament doctrine of sanctification. These two verses will help us understand what sanctification is.

Paul is going to give us some practical application to the doctrine of justification. We have thus been given a description of a Christian – his character and his position..

Just as a footnote: It is the responsibility of the preacher not only to give a positive exposition but also to oppose wrong teaching.

Paul constantly exposes the false, warns again it, then pleads with the believer to avoid it, and at the same time he gives the positive truth.

If the teaching of the Word of God is not going to affect your living and your conduct and your mind and soul, what have we done in our preaching?

My reason for presenting this portion of our study is not to attack or belittle what others teach

about holiness, but to encourage you to understand, pursue, and experience true holiness

INTRODUCTION:

1A       For our understanding of the actual teaching of Paul, this enables us to follow his argument as he works it out in this whole section. It is not enough to note his doctrine; Paul always wants to apply it. Paul wants to make sure that you don’t fall into what is called “antinomianism” which is not putting into practice what you claim you believe. We must more than just understand the doctrine, we must apply the doctrine to our daily lives.

2A       These two verses have an important place in the New Testament doctrine of sanctification. These two verses will help us understand what sanctification is.

Paul is going to give us some practical application to the doctrine of justification. We have thus been given a description of a Christian – his character and his position..

Just as a footnote: It is the responsibility of the preacher not only to give a positive exposition but also to oppose wrong teaching.

Paul constantly exposes the false, warns again it, then pleads with the believer to avoid it, and at the same time he gives the positive truth.

If the teaching of the Word of God is not going to affect your living and your conduct and your mind and soul, what have we done in our preaching?

My reason for presenting this portion of our study is not to attack or belittle what others teach

about holiness, but to encourage you to understand, pursue, and experience true holiness

unhindered by theological confusion. Unfortunately, in getting to the truth of the matter, it will be necessary to address some errors.

FALSE TEACHING TODAY ABOUT HOLINESS

Over the decades several contradictory and confusing holiness theories have been introduced, including eradication,” “counteraction,” and “identification,” Second Blessing, or Christian Holiness Perfection. Or “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Or Higher Life movement.

Pentecostalism has developed a distinctive view of the Christian life too. That stands to reason. Doctrine and life, principles and practice, always go together. What one teaches by way of Christian doctrine will always produce a certain way of life, a form of practical Christianity.

FALSE TEACHING TODAY ABOUT HOLINESS

Over the decades several contradictory and confusing holiness theories have been introduced, including eradication,” “counteraction,” and “identification,” Second Blessing, or Christian Holiness Perfection. Or “the baptism of the Holy Spirit.” Or Higher Life movement.

Pentecostalism has developed a distinctive view of the Christian life too. That stands to reason. Doctrine and life, principles and practice, always go together. What one teaches by way of Christian doctrine will always produce a certain way of life, a form of practical Christianity.

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