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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 love....


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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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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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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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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 there's any one denomination finds itself consistently in accord with "broad evangelicalism," it's gotta be the Southern Baptist Convention. Certainly that's true on this issue; article 4 of the Baptist Faith and Message says: In its broadest sense salvation includes regeneration, justification, sanctification, and glorification. [...] Sanctification ...


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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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The article the original poster referenced itself has a link that explains reasons why Pope Francis may have decided to concelebrate Mass with Fr. De Paolis and kiss his hand. For the benefit of readers, here is a summary of the analysis offered by this article: Possibility #1: Pope Francis did not know about De Paolis’ pro-gay activism In the first ...


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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, for most people the believer cannot be perfectly free from sin in this lifetime. Indeed, the case is even worse. We must constantly fight against the concupiscence (bias toward sin) we inherit through original sin. Through God's grace present in the Sacraments the believer may gain forgiveness of sins, and she must aim for ...


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I also found it in Mere Christianity under "7. Let's Pretend": Why? What is the good of pretending to be what you are not? Well, even on the human level, you know, there are two kinds of pretending. There is a bad kind, where the pretence is there instead of the real thing; as when a man pretends he is going to help you instead of really helping ...


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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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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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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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The Scribes and the Pharisees were the religious leaders. They were role models for the people to follow. They were blameless in their religious observances. The people looked at them for guidance. The people must have believed that the Scribes and the Pharisees were the first to enter the kingdom of Heaven. However, Jesus was teaching them that God's ...


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In chapter 9 ("Charity") of book III ("Christian Behaviour") of Mere Christianity, Lewis writes: It would be quite wrong to think that the way to become charitable is to sit trying to manufacture affectionate feelings. Some people are "cold" by temperament; that may be a misfortune for them, but it is no more a sin than having a bad digestion is a sin; ...


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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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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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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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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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It has to do with understanding strongholds..... 2 Corinthians 10:4, "For the weapons of our warfare are not carnal, but mighty through God to the pulling down of strong holds." John 8:34 ESV, Jesus answered them, “Truly, truly, I say to you, everyone who commits sin is a slave to sin. For the first time ever in human history we have easy ...


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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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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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