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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. [...] ...


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In paragraph 480 of St. Thomas Aquinas' Commentary on the Epistle to the Hebrews, he explains that the way sacrifice was done in the past was to wipe out past sins. The people sinned, and then a priest offered an animal sacrifice in reparation for those sins. This verse states that by Christ's one sacrifice, past and future sins are being accounted for, thus ...


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I think you are referring to a doctrine called Entire Sanctification (also Sinless Perfection), which is taught by some Wesleyan and holiness churches. A Google search on that term will give you more information, but basically, the idea is that it is possible with the Holy Spirit's help to avoid sin completely. Some Scriptural basis for this belief can be ...


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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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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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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 place, ...


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Welcome to the group. I'm new here myself. Do those verses show that the Christian is more able to fulfill God's commands than the old testament believer was? No, they do not, but maybe not in the way you might initially think. Jer 31:33 and Ezek 36:26 are both in the OT, and indicate that they are the only way to fulfill God's commands. Your question ...


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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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Indeed, in chapter 6 ("Human Pain") of The Problem of Pain, Lewis explicitly connects the idea to Aristotle: Kant thought that no action had moral value unless it were done out of pure reverence for the moral law, that is, without inclination, and he has been accused of a 'morbid frame of mind' which measures the value of an act by its ...


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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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What is Wesley's concept of Entire Sanctification? If that is the question that is posed, I will try to provide an answer. Wesley's brand of Christian perfection was a reviving of what he considered to be an Apostolic doctrine. "Perfect" (Grk.- telios) in simple terms means "complete". Wesley used 30 texts to defend this doctrine. The only OT text was ...


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How refreshingly honest of your daughter to say what she thinks rather than simply give the answer that is expected. But how prove to her that sanctifying grace is real? By example, by demonstrating to her that the practical effects of sanctifying grace result in a transformed life to; to illustrate how God’s sanctifying grace sets believers apart for ...


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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 that ...


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The proof of Sanctifiying Grace is found in the testimony of God’s people. Can you talk about the changes in your own life that have come only because of your realtionship with God? The initial changes at the time of Salvation can be powerful, there are also great stories of another process of sanctification in those who seek God. Find testimonies that can ...


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Here is the testimony of David Wood, a formally anti-social-disorder-diagnosed atheist turned Christian. Here is a variation of his testimony given to an audience, in 23:30 he states his formal diagnosis as anti-social personality disorder made by the mental hospital he was put into.


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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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Our most likely example of perfection in the New Testament age, short of Jesus Christ, would be the Apostle Paul. This excerpt from Philippians 3 would indicate, however, that he either did not embrace this concept or considered himself shy of the mark. You might also consider the questions, "Once you become perfect, how do you stay perfect?" or "If I ...


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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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The righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees consisted of seeking the acceptance of God by their careful adherence to their rules and traditions. “I keep more rules than you do, so I’m more righteous than you!” But the righteousness that exceeds this comes from faith in God. When we act in faith before God, God grants us His own righteousness. Romans 9:...


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Jesus goes on to show what he means in the following verses. The Pharisees taught that you should not murder, but Jesus said hating someone is just as bad. The Pharisees taught that adultery was wrong, but Jesus said lustful thoughts is just as bad. Many times outside the Sermon on the Mount Jesus corrected the teachings of the Pharisees too. In general, ...


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The Pharisees and the scribes never kept the word of God. Instead, they obeyed Traditions of the Elders which nullified the word of God. Jesus Christ severely criticized the Pharisees and the scribes for obeying Traditions of the Elders which nullified the word of God (Matthew 15, Mark 7). That's why Jesus Christ's biggest opponents were the scribes and ...


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Jesus' ultimate sanctification occurred at the cross. The cross was the primary reason Jesus came to earth: to die, the just for the unjust, that he might bring us to God (1 Peter 3:18). Unlike all the members of the human race who are born to live (though ultimately they will one day die), Jesus as the God-Man was born to die. We know, of course, his ...


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Sanctifying grace is a habitual gift, a stable and supernatural disposition that perfects the soul itself to enable it to live with God, to act by his love. Habitual grace, the permanent disposition to live and act in keeping with God's call, is distinguished from actual graces which refer to God's interventions, whether at the beginning of conversion or in ...


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To the question of "Whether man can know that he has grace?" (Summa Theologica I-II q. 112 a. 5), St. Thomas Aquinas responds by explaining the ways the reality of grace can or cannot be known: There are three ways of knowing a thing: by revelation, and thus anyone may know that he has grace, for God by a special privilege reveals this at times ...


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A key passage which might seem at first blush to indicate New Testament believers have an easier time fulfilling God's moral law than Old Testament believers is Romans Chapter 8, an excerpt of which I include here: 8 There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus has set me free ...


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In John 17:19, what is Jesus referring to specifically regarding His sanctification, and how does this then apply to us being sanctified? In the context of this portion of the prayer Jesus is making to the Father Jesus is concerned with his disciples. He declares that they are not of the world as a result of the word which they have been given. In ...


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JUSTIFICATION: BEING DECLARED RIGHTEOUS Think of justification as a legal term, which is--in a sense--what it is. God, the judge of all humankind, has every right to demand satisfaction for our having broken his laws. We are culpable, each one of us, and as the Scripture says, "Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father, so also the soul of ...


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The scribes were teachers of the Law and the Pharisees were the most zealous followers of the Law, so by common reckoning and their own generous self-estimation they were the most righteous people around. Jesus, in this passage, is, however, outlining a different, non-legalistic view of righteousness, in which following the rules to the letter is not what ...


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