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I had reached a point after decades of struggling with this sin where I had just resigned myself to this being part of who I am. I honestly figured I would just struggle with this sin for the rest of my life - I would take it to my grave. For me, freedom came through Christopher West's teaching on Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. The MP3 version ...


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When you fight against sin you rely on your own strength. When we rely on our own strength we turn away from Christ. Instead we should focus on turning towards Christ. Basically when you fight sin you focus on the sin instead of Christ. This explains why the more you fight it, the stronger it gets. Instead focus on what you want. Man cannot serve two ...


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I think Paul said it best, "Flee from sexual immorality." (1 Corinthians 6:18) I understand this, and Jesus' comments about cutting off hands (Matthew 5:30, 18:8, etc.), to mean, "Take whatever steps you need to get away from temptation!" In other words, you won't make it on will power. You need to get away from temptation. Wth respect to pornography, that ...


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The book of 1 John explicitly makes the case that loving Jesus, and by extension loving others, is the fundamental sine qua non of a Christian life. In chapter 4, John writes: Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is ...


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Justification - being declared perfect, a single act of Grace by God to the repentant sinner Sanctification - the process of being made perfect, a day by day activity of God and the Christian working in partnership Glorification - becoming perfect, the moment when the struggle is over, heaven is entered and God completes his masterpiece: You. Relevant ...


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Unfortunately, I can't say it any better than an article I found. Source Wesley believed that Christ's death on the cross made it possible not only for sinners to be saved by grace, but, indeed, for them to be saved to the uttermost. Entire sanctification was restoration to the image of God, being made perfect in love toward God and neighbor. ...


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The word "sanctification" derives from the Latin noun "sanctificio". This original Latin word means "to separate and set aside" (source--using the WayBack Machine). To me, this rings of Isreal being set aside as God's holy people. (As seen in Deut. 7:6-8 and Leviticus 20:26) Also, it seems to reverberate in the New Testament with Jesus' words in the ...


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If cutting off a body part will stop your sinning, then you should do it. But will that really work? No! The sin is not the fact that you have a hand, which allows you to masturbate. The sin is that you are lusting after women. "In my opinion it's very likely that masturbation is a sin that leads to death." Before you start making judgements on ...


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Apologize for he length, the question is so good that I am answering not just for you but digging up worthy references for myself. A good place to start for an evangelical answer is with two evangelical theologians famous for having an acute sense of the sinfulness of man and the nature of God's grace in the Christian. John Owen and Jonathan Edwards both ...


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There are good answers already listed here, but I wanted to add a comment. The putting off of the old self is only half the equation... or maybe even less than half. We are not transformed by determination or self effort, but by the renewing of our minds. Abiding in Christ--in His presence--is the key, I believe. Luke 6:45 says, "The good man brings good ...


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Essentially the answer is "No, the believer cannot be perfectly free from sin. Indeed, the case is even worse. Through God's grace present in the Sacraments the believer may gain forgiveness of sins, and she must aim for perfection throughout her life, but she cannot hope to achieve it for more than a relatively short amount of time, so that she must be ...


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First, remember that God is the one who created our bodies the way they are. The desires of the flesh are there for a reason. Without hunger we could easily starve to death, for example. And if you were to really analyze it dispassionately, the act of sexual intercourse is kinda slimy and gross. Without the sex drive in place being both strong (to attract ...


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In the Eastern Tradition, we are told the following: Lust starts with thoughts These thoughts should not in any case even be entertained, they must be ignored If they are entertained, one must do things to counteract the effects of them Primary in this process is confession (which should be to God in the presence of a confessor) and praying for the grace ...


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In nuce: The sanctification is the divine imperative "Ye shall be my people" while justification is the divine indicative "I want to be your God". Luther Martin Luther and later the Lutherans focus on the doctrine of justification by faith alone. Is that all? "No" they say – there's also sanctification: true faith is manifested in the works. But as soon ...


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What can keep him calm? The ninth blessing: Blessed are ye, when men shall revile you, and persecute you, and shall say all manner of evil against you falsely, for my sake. Rejoice, and be exceeding glad: for great is your reward in heaven: for so persecuted they the prophets which were before you. You should be happy when you are persecuted for ...


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Of course, nothing holds true for what all Baptists believe, but according to the theology taught in our Church, there is a distinction between what we are and what we do, or at least, what we currently are doing. It is upon that distinction that this question can be answered. From our understanding of the doctrine of original sin, it teaches that we are ...


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Most Wesleyan/Holiness denominations teach that it is at least theoretically possible. This would include Methodists, Wesleyans, Nazarenes, and the Salvation Army, as well as most churches that have "holiness" in their name. This doctrine is known as Christian Perfection or Entire Sanctification (depending on the denomination) and was outlined by John ...


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This answer is probably close to the Lutheran teaching. Accept that there's no way to succeed. The thing is, while we are already saved, we still fall. We are 100% holy because God has granted us righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, yet at the same time we're 100% sinners. (Romans 7:15-25) Accept that you will not win sin. Christ already has done ...


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Please see IV. CHRISTIAN HOLINESS in the Catechism of the Catholic Church From the section, all these: conformed to the image of his Son, [b]e perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect, [t]here is no holiness without renunciation and spiritual battle, and [h]e who climbs never stops going from beginning to beginning, through beginnings that have no end. ...


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I chose what I think. I stay away from places where I get tempted easily. Whenever a lustful desire comes up from my nature (my flesh), I deny it and I resist it and pray to God that He will help me not to give in to the temptation: For we have not an high priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted ...


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Surround myself with good people. Do good things. Prayer -- lots of prayer. Basically, make sure you are always worth of the companionship of the Holy Spirit and he will do a pretty good job of helping you resist (and I would even say avoid) temptation.


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Tullian, in his blog, mentions that over the past several years he felt the messaging of the Gospel Coalition had changed (he used the word "morphed") to the point where he was finding himself for drawn to Liberate's specific message, also saying that "So, now is the right time to pull the trigger. In fact, it's probably over due. It was also noted ...


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The proximate cause appears to be a falling out over allegations of a sexual abuse coverup, which Tchividjian blogged about publically. According to Christianity Today, Maheny was accused of covering up sexual abuse, and Tchividjian couldn't associate himself with that.: Mahaney resigned from The Gospel Coalition (TGC) last weekend in the wake of the ...


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My short answer is yes, they are compatible but you're correct to observe a shift in emphasis. The reason for the divergence in eastern and western thought is that in the Bible there are a variety of different analogies and explanations for the nature of salvation. The west at some point latched more onto the juridicial/courtroom analogies, while the east ...


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Theosis is really more of a non-issue. Comparing two faiths with (more or less) the same scriptures means that this is going to have some extra-scriptural material. These are some well-researched, thoughtful articles on the subject. Becoming like God: Am Evangelical Doctrine of Theosis The idea of divinization, of redeemed human nature somehow ...


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First, I want to be clear that perfectionism doesn't mean being perfect as in without error. So committing a sin, such as adultery, doesn't "remove" perfectionism. Perfectionism, in the Wesleyan sense, essentially means making up your mind to do your absolute best to keep the first two commandments: love god with all your heart, mind, soul and strength and ...


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Sanctification is a word that has multiple meanings within Christianity. To answer your question we need to examine the definitions, and the teachings of the various groups. One definition (the more "ordinary" one) of Sanctify is "to set apart". A person or object can be sanctified (set apart) for a particular purpose. From ...


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In Romans Paul clearly states that Christians are free from the POWER of sin. Not sin. That is because when Jesus died on the cross, salvation became possible for all, simply through faith. A person is called to faith by the Holy Spirit. Once called, as in Gal. 2:20, 'you' 'die.' "For i have died, and now Christ lives within me. We are of two parts: flesh ...


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Paul is speaking to believers who have been exposed to the teachings of the church, which is that selfishness and greed is sin: Luke 16:13-17 NET No servant can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money.” The Pharisees (who loved money) ...


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According to a reformed position it is the duty of every believer to yield inwardly, under the covenant of grace, to the work of the Spirit, in order to put to death our remaining sinful desires. That this work is never ending, personal and intense, like men wrestling against the smell, sweat, and struggling power of two 'wrestlers' within us, is everywhere ...



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