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Topic: Entire sanctification

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  How entire is entire sanctification?
Entire sanctification is the distinctive teaching of churches in the Holiness Movement.
Entire sanctification is not a Wesleyan form of eternal security, teaching that, once we're in, we're in for good.
Entire sanctification builds on a certain measure of spiritual maturity, so in most believers there is a gradual leading up to it.
home.snu.edu /~hculbert/entire.htm   (3667 words)

 Nazarene.org :: Official Site of the International Church of the Nazarene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The Calvinistic position on entire sanctification is that it is never entire, neither is it completed in the course of this life.
Instead of raising objections to these views, I would rather have us look at reasons why we believe entire sanctification to be an instantaneous event, which produces a real change in the believer not at the time of death, but in his or her present experience.
Secondly, entire sanctification is instantaneous because it is symbolized by the act of circumcision.
www.nazarene.org /ed_didache/vol3_1holiness2.html   (2250 words)

Entire sanctification does not imply any change in the substance of the soul or body, for this the law does not require, and it would not be obligatory if it did, because the requirement would be inconsistent with natural justice.
And if entire sanctification is to be understood as implying that we love God as much as we should, had we all the knowledge we might have had, then I repeat it, there is not a saint on earth or in heaven, nor ever will be, that is entirely sanctified.
If entire sanctification therefore, implies the same degree of love or service that might have been rendered, had we always developed our powers by a perfect use of them, then there is not a saint on earth or in heaven that is or ever will be in that state.
www.gospeltruth.net /1840views.htm   (20798 words)

 New Life Church of God (Holiness) - GodsPromise2U   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
The Bible teaches that entire sanctification is that act of God, subsequent to regeneration, by which believers are made free from original sin, or depravity having the carnal nature eradicated, and brought into a state of entire devotement to God, and the holy obedience of love made perfect.
Entire sanctification is provided by the blood of Jesus, is wrought instantaneously by faith, preceded by entire consecration; and to this work and state of grace the Holy Spirit bears witness.
The former is obtained in an instant, the result of entire sanctification; the latter is the result of growth in grace.
www.newlife4topeka.org /GodsPromise2U.dsp   (1319 words)

 Wesleyan Heritage Series: Entire Sanctification
Entire sanctification is a state of perfect love, righteousness and true holiness which every regenerate believer may obtain by being delivered from the power of sin, by loving God with all the heart, soul, mind and strength, and by loving one's neighbor as one's self.
Love is the sum of Christian sanctification; it is the one kind of holiness, which is found, only in various degrees, in the believers who are distinguished by St. John into "little children, young men, and fathers." The difference between one and the other properly lies in the degree of love.
Entire sanctification, or Christian perfection, is neither more nor less than pure love; love expelling sin, and governing both the heart and life of a child of God.
www.ucmpage.org /sgca/wesley01.htm   (849 words)

 Entire Sanctification
Entire sanctification is the belief that Christians can attain complete sinlessness in this lifetime.
Entire sanctification teaches that ultimate sanctification is attainable in this lifetime.
However, entire sanctification is not possible in the life.
www.allaboutfollowingjesus.org /entire-sanctification-faq.htm   (407 words)

 Five Views on Sanctification: An In-Depth Analysis   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Wesley taught that sanctification begins at conversion, when the Spirit regenerates the heart of the believer, and that it's appropriated by faith, the same way that salvation is. Sanctification is "faith working by love": not merited but appropriated by faith.
Entire sanctification can occur at the moment of salvation but typically occurs during a crisis point in the life of a Christian sometime after conversion.
This is the sanctification spoken of in Heb.
www.xenos.org /ministries/crossroads/OnlineJournal/issue1/fiveview.htm   (12806 words)

 Entire Sanctification, by B. B. Warfield
Here we have obviously a classical passage—possibly the classical passage—for "entire sanctification"; and it may repay us in the perennial interest which attends the discussion of the theme of "entire sanctification" to look at it somewhat closely, as such.
And not content with this, he adds explanatorily, "And may your spirit and your soul and your body be preserved entire, perfect," and not that merely, but "blamelessly entire, perfect"; "blamelessly"—that is, in a manner which is incapable of being accused of not coming up to its idea.
This suspicion is entirely borne out by Paul's dealing with the whole matter of sanctification in this context, and in this whole epistle: as a matter of effort, long-continued and strenuous, building up slowly the structure to the end.
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 Nazarene.org :: Official Site of the International Church of the Nazarene   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
One characteristic of John Wesley's teaching was the importance of entire sanctification of believers by which their hearts are made perfect in love for God and other persons.
As a holiness movement we are Wesleyan-Arminian in that we believe in Wesley's teaching of entire sanctification as a second work of grace; and in Arminius' emphasis on the individual's choice to accept salvation by grace through faith, or reject it.
The first being that of justification, and the second that of entire sanctification, where original sin is dealt with.
www.nazarene.org /ed_didache/vol3_1holiness1.html   (4397 words)

 Genesis of the Doctrine of Entire Sanctification
Up to 1761 Wesley preached it most explicitly and strongly; and in 1762 "the remarkable work of sanctification was rapidly spreading throughout the whole of the United Kingdom," and Wesley, in true Baconian style, was questioning hundreds of professors, one by one, and carefully recording the answers.
This was the genesis of this doctrine: first, the theory was educed from a long and careful study of the Scriptures ; and, secondly, it was confirmed by a critical examination of many witnesses, some of whose testimonies, not being sustained by holy lives, were rejected.
It is evident from these facts that the doctrine of entire sanctification in this life as a work of the Holy Spirit, consciously inwrought by faith, was providentially evolved out of the Holy Scriptures and the testimony of many trustworthy witnesses.
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 Entire Sanctification-Objections
Here it is objected, that if a person should become entirely sanctified, he could no longer use this clause of this prayer, which, it is said, was manifestly designed to be used by the church to the end of time.
To the doctrine of entire sanctification in this life, as believed and taught by some of us, it has been frequently of late objected, that prayers offered in accordance with this belief, and by a sanctified soul, would savor strongly of spiritual pride and self-righteousness.
And I cannot see how a man, who has entirely divested himself of Pharisaical notions in respect to the doctrine of sanctification, can suppose these two prayers to be analogous in their principle and spirit.
www.stopsinning.net /objections_f.htm   (5082 words)

Men often speak of entire sanctification as though it were something so mysterious and incomprehensible that very few people know its real meaning.
The Holiness people have always believed that sanctification is an experience subsequent to regeneration, and conditioned upon entire consecration and faith and is the privilege of every believer.
Jesus is the meritorious cause of entire sanctification.
www.raptureready.com /resource/walker/w2_1.htm   (1475 words)

 Aaron Merritt Hills, HOLINESS AND POWER, Entire Sanctification, Christian Perfection
In the absence of a total renunciation of self and sin, a full and entire consecration of the entire being and possessions to Christ and his kingdom and glory, and a hearty acceptance of the will of God as the absolute law of the present and future activity, the Holy Ghost will never be received.
Webster defines sanctification as "the act of God's grace whereby the affections of men are purified." The root meaning of the original word is "cleansed," "purified." But there is no cleansing or purification in either President Fairchild's definition or discussion of sanctification.
It does not seem possible to guard the doctrine of special sanctification, whatever its form, from this false impression." Here at last in the final sentences is the real gist of the matter as it lies in his mind, namely: there is no "special sanctification" apart from justification.
www.users.bigpond.com /teamtoucan/HillsHOLINESSANDPOWER.htm   (11875 words)

Another advantage of sanctification is a perfect readiness for the judgment.
There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment, He that feareth is not made perfect in love." Men may say that they do not believe in holiness while in good health but when they come to die they invariably believe in holiness.
Sanctification is the divine act of making holy; perfect love is the experience of such as have been made holy: the result of holiness.
www.raptureready.com /resource/ruth/br-4.html   (1584 words)

 Recent Discussions on Entire Sanctification by Charles G. Finney
That is, if in his view entire sanctification implied a state in which there could be no further advances in holiness, or in which there could be no further war with temptation, he should have denied the possibility of the attainment in this life at least.
Whatever is attainable in this life may be aimed at, with the rational hope of attaining it; entire sanctification is attainable in this life; therefore the attainment of this state may be aimed at with a rational hope of success.
This denial of ability to know, whether we are in a state of entire sanctification, is a total denial of the doctrine of natural ability, as I presume it is held by every member of your body.
www.gospeltruth.net /1846-48_ob_quar_review/1847_disc_on_sanc.htm   (10692 words)

Even though Wesley may have referred to Fletcher's linking "receiving the Spirit" with entire sanctification as "a late discovery,"29 (though this is problematic), surely Wesley and Fletcher knew that Pentecost had been linked to confirmation from the earliest times of Christian tradition.
In this respect, one of the key verses which Wesleyans have used to show the relation between Pentecostal language and entire sanctification is Acts 15:8-9 where Peter declares that the disciples along with the house of Cornelius had their "hearts cleansed by faith" through the baptism with the Spirit.
Since the association of entire sanctification with the baptism with the Holy Spirit has been a main part of our Wesleyan tradition since the time of John Wesley, it should occasion a serious pause in our thinking if that association is altogether wrong.
wesley.nnu.edu /wesleyan_theology/theojrnl/11-15/15-06.htm   (4479 words)

 ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION, Dr Adam Clarke, Holiness, Christian Doctrine,John Wesley, Methodist
They fully witnessed the grand effects which in this life flow from justification, adoption, and sanctification; namely, assurance of God's love, peace of conscience, joy in the Holy Ghost, increase of grace, and perseverance in the same to the end of their lives.
It is the blood of Christ alone that cleanses from all unrighteousness; and the sanctification of a believer is no more dependent on death than his justification.
Perhaps my reader will recollect the story of the physiogimist (one who studies the face), who, coming into the place where Socrates was delivering a lecture, his pupils, wishing to put the principles of the man's science to proof, desired him to examine the face of their master, and say what his moral character was.
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This continued official desire to publish abroad Methodism's traditional focus on entire sanctification during this era is paralleled by the repeated determination of the preachers to proclaim the doctrine.
It was the plain, old-fashioned, unvarnished doctrine of entire sanctification.
Fletcher's place as a theological formulator regarding sanctification must certainly be reckoned as a significant factor in the later equation of these two doctrinal concepts during the mid-century holiness emphasis in America.
wesley.nnu.edu /wesleyan_theology/theojrnl/11-15/13-3.htm   (5701 words)

Sanctification consists in the act of freely choosing to consecrate oneself totally to God.
It is conforming completely to the law and consists in entire obedience and holiness, for the time being.
Entire sanctification is the state where a person is established, preserved, confirmed and continued in a state of sanctification.
www.biblical-theology.com /originalsin/b21.htm   (2208 words)

 Dictionary of Theological Terms
A 19th century movement producing the "Holiness Churches." Primary doctrinal emphasis is on entire sanctification by which believers are freed from original sin via a "second work of grace" (see "Sanctification").
Objective justification means that God has declared the entire world of sinners to be right with him.
While justification and sanctification must be distinguished and not confused, they can never be divided.
www.issuesetc.org /resource/journals/diction.htm   (2598 words)

A state of entire and permanent sanctification is nothing else than a state of entire and continual dependence on Christ and on the Holy Spirit.
Christ is the believer's sanctification, not his sanctifier as if He made the believer holy in himself.
The requirement to the believer is to receive the results of the promise of entire sanctification.
www.biblical-theology.com /originalsin/b22.htm   (2176 words)

 Mentally Disabled and Entire Sanctification - NazNet Community   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
He is a believer as far as she can see, but he lives in a closed setting, because you cannot trust him with the little girls at the playground around the corner.
Her idea is that entire sanctification implies that you can overcome the imperfection that you carry with you in your inner being.
What holiness is and what entire sanctification does is give me the relationship with God that allows me to work through my limitations, failings and even sins and come to a place of confidence in His love for me and give expression to that in the way I relate to people.
www.naznet.com /community/showthread.php?t=2196   (5544 words)

 The Cult of Perfection or Entire Sanctification   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
When the holiness people, any of them, claim they reach entire sanctification, they are making God a liar.
Before experiencing entire sanctification, believers often fight losing struggles against strong tendencies toward sinning and selfishness.
He just couldn't bring himself to teach the "entire sanctification" doctrine, especially because he didn't believe it.
www.blessedquietness.com /journal/housechu/perfectioncult.htm   (2302 words)

 Is sinless perfection / entire sanctification possible in this life?
Is entire sanctification / sinless perfection possible in this life?
Question: "Is entire sanctification / sinless perfection possible in this life?"
Is it possible to go an entire day without sinning?
www.gotquestions.org /sinless-perfection.html   (313 words)

 Pentecostal Regeneration and Entire Sanctification
And you allow the whole thing which I contend for; an entire deliverance from sin, a recovery of the whole image of God, the loving God with all your heart, soul, and strength.
If the Pentecostal experience represents regeneration, and if the life of the Apostles subsequent to it is the expected life of all who are regenerate, then it is apparent that drastic revisions of teaching on the subject are in order.
In summary, the work of entire sanctification as a second work of grace is a corollary of a doctrine of incompleteness in regeneration.
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An entire church, consisting of pastor and congregation, came from Wales and settled on the Delaware River on what was known as the Welsh Tract.
The Christian Church (Disciples of Christ) is the first Protestant movement founded on American soil, yet it is uniquely equipped to live up to a declaration that it is "A Church for Today." The denomination was born in the 1800s, and continues to be influenced by its founding ideals of informality, openness and diversity.
This experience is marked by entire consecration of the believer to do God's will and is followed by a life of seeking to serve God through service to others.
www.biblelessons.com /denominations.html   (8758 words)

 The Charismatic Movement: A Biblical Critique   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-10-31)
Many holiness teachers in the eighteenth century rejected the orthodox doctrine of sanctification as a lifelong process of spiritual growth, in which sin is never completely eradicated in the believer.
The second blessing doctrine of entire sanctification, of sinless perfection, is condemned by the Apostle John: “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves; and the truth is not in us” (1 Jn.
Although most Pentecostals eventually rejected the idea of entire sanctification, nevertheless the fathers of modern Pentecostalism were heretical.
www.reformed.com /pub/charismt.htm   (13653 words)

The truth is, the Hebrew has no mood to express words in the permissive or optative way; but to express this sense, it uses the future tense of the conjugation “kal.” This text has been a wonderful stronghold
for all who believe that there is no redemption from sin in this life; that no man can live without committing sin; and that we cannot be entirely freed from it till we die.
The text speaks no such doctrine; it only speaks of the possibility of every man sinning; and this must be true of a state of probation.
www.eternalsecurity.us /entire_sanctification.htm   (7707 words)

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