DAYS OF PENTECOSTAL THEOLOGY: What is SANCTIFICATION?

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WHAT is the ASSEMBLIES of GOD position on SANCTIFICATION today?

Sanctification in the Assemblies of God

The position adopted in the Statement of Fundamental Truths regarding sanctification was less clear. The men behind the formation of the Assemblies of God were Pentecostals who had come to the conclusion that holiness or sanctification was not a second blessing or a definite experience but instead a lifelong process. This idea of progressive sanctification was believed by many within the Assemblies of God but there were adherents who still held to the theology of the holiness movement.

The original language on sanctification in the Fundamental Truths was a compromise between Wesleyan and non-Wesleyan members which allowed the two doctrines to coexist. Under the heading “Entire Sanctification, The Goal For All Believers”, it read, “Entire sanctification is the will of God for all believers, and should be earnestly pursued by walking in obedience to God’s Word”. The term “entire sanctification” is distinctly Wesleyan, but the statement actually called “for an ongoing, process of obedience in reliance on, and cooperation with the Holy Ghost”.

In 1961, the General Council revised the statement significantly, giving it its current form. It eliminated some of the Wesleyan language, such as “entire”. Stanley M. Horton, who served on the revision committee, stated that the committee “… felt that the word entire was ambiguous because we were using it with a different meaning than that promoted by holiness Pentecostals who taught a second definite work”.[7] While the current statement does represent the Assemblies of God’s position more accurately, the denomination’s teaching on sanctification remains ambiguous.

From the FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS of the ASSEMBLIES of GOD:

Sanctification is an act of separation from that which is evil, and of dedication unto God:

Romans 12:1,2
1 Thessalonians 5:23
Hebrews 13:12
The Scriptures teach a life of “holiness without which no man shall see the Lord.”

Hebrews 12:14
By the power of the Holy Spirit we are able to obey the command: “Be ye holy, for I am holy.”

1 Peter 1:15,16
Sanctification is realized in the believer by recognizing his identification with Christ in His death and resurrection, and by the faith reckoning daily upon the fact of that union, and by offering every faculty continually to the dominion of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 6:1-11
Romans 6:13
Romans 8:1,2
Romans 8:13
Galatians 2:20
Philippians 2:12,13
1 Peter 1:5

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Church of God writings explaining the work of entire sanctification

  • That all have sinned and come short of the glory of God and that repentance is commanded of God for all and necessary for forgiveness of sins.
  • That justification, regeneration, and the new birth are wrought by faith in the blood of Jesus Christ.
  • In sanctification subsequent to the new birth, through faith in the blood of Christ; through the Word, and by the Holy Ghost.
  • Holiness to be God’s standard of living for His people.
  • In the baptism with the Holy Ghost subsequent to a clean heart.

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Current 2016 Church of God of Prophecy revised view of SANCTIFICATION Sanctification, like salvation, ultimately spans the entire life of the believer. Initially, it…

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IPHC:
10. We believe in sanctification. While sanctification is initiated in regeneration and consummated in glorification, we believe it includes a definite, instantaneous work of grace achieved by faith subsequent to regeneration (Acts 26:18; 1 John 1:9). Sanctification delivers from the power and dominion of sin. It is followed by lifelong growth in grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ (2 Corinthians 4:16; 2 Peter 3:18).
The Foursquare Church teaches that sanctification is a continual process of spiritual growth i.e. that we be sanctified daily and become partakers of His holiness; growing constantly stronger in faith, power, prayer, love and service…

BACK to the BASICS of ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION

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Church of the Nazarene in ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION: The Church of the Nazarene is part of the Wesleyan-Holiness tradition, which believes in entire sanctification, according to the Wesleyan Heritage Recovery Project. Entire sanctification is summed up on the project’s website:

“It 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. Through faith in Jesus Christ, this gracious gift may be received in this life both gradually and instantaneously and should be sought earnestly by every child of God.”

While most denominations believe in sanctification, many Protestant churches don’t believe that Scripture says entire sanctification is possible while living in a fallen world that is under the curse of sin. These denominations believe that entire sanctification only takes place when Christians go to heaven and God makes them new in both body and spirit.

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43 Comments

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 18, 2019

    Troy Day

    I believe its a real thing Melvin Harter Angel Ruiz Terry Wiles

  • Tim Dalton
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Tim Dalton

    Is sanctification synonymous with holiness in the bible or is it a term people grabbed and have traditionally handed down without obeying 1 Thess. 5:21 but test everything; hold fast what is good.

    What about the term perfect or perfection as that enters the conversation as well.

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Troy Day

    we know sanctification is NOT synonymous with salvation

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Yes we do, but is it the same as the other terms.

    • Angel Ruiz
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      Well in the Classical view regeneration occurred simultaneously with justification, this is the “New Birth” or “Born Again” and marks the beginning of sanctification. To the point that we can concluded that a consequence of the new birth is power over sin.

      In other words; a Christian is so far perfect as not to commit sin. However this no a belief in an absolute “sinless” perfection. As well live out the grace of God we understand that entire sanctification is not something labor for, understanding that entire sanctification is a work of grace received by faith that removed inbred or original sin, and this allows Christians to enter a state of perfect love, or clean heart.

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Angel Ruiz if you would have showed one scripture it would give you credence. You could use 1 John 2:1 My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin. But if anyone does sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. — It is interesting to see that John wrote that sin not in Second Aorist Active Subjunctive. The subjunctive stipulates the possible and the potentiality of the action. Active is the subject doing the action (the you) and second aorist is the same as the regular aorist

      Regardless of how we view this, John wants us to be mindful of sin and not commit it. If sin is inevitable for us, it is not because God has decreed that we must sin. All the resources for spiritual victory are ours in Jesus Christ and that resource is never withdrawn.If we do, So perhaps should not sin is another translation. Why would the possibility be given if we can’t avoid.

      There is so much more here dealing with our personal relationship with God and thus sin. But it would be helpful if you used the bible.

      Troy Day – what is your take on 1 John 2:1

  • Isara Mo
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Isara Mo

    God is light and in Hm there is darkness AT ALL..
    If we say we have a relationship with light and yet we walk(live) in darkness we lie..(scriptures say) so to me sanctification is the removal.of darkness in a man and replace it with light

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      show the scriptures that specifically states that.

    • Angel Ruiz
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      Isara Mo that scripture has nothing to do with sanctification…

      It about holding back or hiding our sin…

    • Angel Ruiz
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Angel Ruiz

      Isara Mo
      6 If we say we have fellowship with him while we walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth.

      KEY PART HERE “PRACTICE THE TRUTH”. NOW THE TURTH IS THE GOSPEL, SO FOR US TO PRACTICE THE TRUTH OF THE GOSPEL WE MUST NOT HIDE OUR SIN FROM GOD OR KEEP SOME AREAS OF OUR LIFE IN THE SHADOW OF THE DARK.

      7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus his Son cleanses us from all sin.
      THE ONLY WAY FOR TRUE FELLOWSHIP IS TO HE TRANSPARENT AND THAT IS WHAT THE GOSPEL IS ALL ABOUT.

      8 If we say we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.

      HERE WE HAVE A CHANGE IN VERSE 6 WE ARW TOLD THAT IF WE HIDE OUR SIN WE ARE NOT PRACTICING THE TRUTH (THE GOSPEL), BUT HERE IF CLAIM THAT WE HAVE NO SIN THAT WE HAVE NOT TRUTH, WE DONT HAVE THE GOSPEL TRUTH.

      9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.

      THAT IA WHY THE WHOLE THING HERE IS ABOUT CONFESSING OUR SIN AND NOT HIDING IT OR HOLDING BACK AREAS OF OUR LIFE KEEPING IT IN THE SHADOWS

  • Troy Day
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Troy Day

    No Tim Dalton sanctification is NOT like other terms

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      so perfection and holiness isn’t the same as sanctification What scriptures are you using to come to that. What about 1 John 2:1 . That is the question I asked you in the above post.

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      you are sanctified into those when sanctified entirely

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day where is the scripture. You are just going off the top of your head, That is how error and false teachings come. What about 1 John 2:1 as well.

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      nope – I can assure you I am not
      and what about 1 John 2:1?

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day lol then why no scripture and you didn’t explain your view at all.

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      cut and paste job

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus. 2 tim 3:15

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      it is not but so what – you wanted verses you got them with the Greek word Now respond to that pls

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day you are very confusing. First you say the terms ae not the same. then after finding an article by a computer search your article says they are the same. Why are you speaking this double talk. Did you just find any article to be able to answer? That is not how theologians discuss.

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day – where did you study greek?

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      I assure you I am very clear on the topic. I see you may have a good point but I just dont see it Pls keep on talking until I understand you Thanks!

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day no troy you are not. The article might be. Again do you know Greek. If you don’t how can you understand the article.

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day it is that anytime I ask you a question, you change the subject. It is like you either can’t understand or using a coverup for not knowing the answer. What greek grammars do you ise

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      You are correct – I cannot get your point because you never make one in its entirety to be understood

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day no troy. again I see so few theologians.

  • Tim Dalton
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Tim Dalton

    I guess we should just stick to tongues as usual.

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      the article is not a computer search It’ is part of our online archive where I’ve posted it before and was in one of my published papers. You can still see the bibliography and you may be even able to find the actual paper out there It is still published here and there from time to time

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day – I see very few theologians .

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Troy Day

      Tim Dalton are you changing the topic again?

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 19, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Troy Day stop repeating what I say. Troy we both know that there are few real educated theologians in here.

  • Joe Absher
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Joe Absher

  • Joe Absher
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Joe Absher

  • Joe Absher
    Reply February 19, 2019

    Joe Absher

    You are washed in the blood of Christ and surrendered to do His will or you’re not. It’s just that simple. All this Greek and scholarship is good in its place but we are sanctified by faith in Jesus Christ. The old man of sin and rebellion has walked the del a rosa and been crucified with Christ. Sin has gone the way of cursing and every other nasty habit including doubt and unbelief or you are still that old schister you ever were. You live for him his cause and his glory or you’re just a empty headed cold hearted false confesser of Christ and his redemption.

  • Tim Dalton
    Reply February 20, 2019

    Tim Dalton

    • Joe Absher
      Reply February 20, 2019

      Joe Absher

      You make assumptions if you think I haven’t studied our brother Mr John Wesley. Were you a real lawyer?

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 20, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Joe Absher Joe are you still angry with me. No assumption just a question I hope you answer honestly.

    • Joe Absher
      Reply February 20, 2019

      Joe Absher

      I’m not angry never was. Another false assumption.

    • Tim Dalton
      Reply February 20, 2019

      Tim Dalton

      Joe Absher ok

  • Tim Dalton
    Reply February 20, 2019

    Tim Dalton

    The 3 books above are only a starting point and they are never meant to replace your own study and exegesis of the bible. A good pentecostal book on beginning exegesis New Testament Exegesis, Third Edition: A Handbook for Students and Pastors Gordon Fee Here is an ot Old Testament Exegesis, 4th ed— Douglas Stuart – here are some basic greek beginning books – New Testament Greek for Beginners (2nd Edition) = Machen This is only a start – 101 level but good quality and well researched scholars – enjoy

  • Tim Dalton
    Reply February 21, 2019

    Tim Dalton

    Where are you from Tim Dalton ? My name is Tim Dalton also .

    • Troy Day
      Reply February 21, 2019

      Troy Day

      now you are talking to yourself – pls note when you start talking to yourself in tongues you may need more help than just this group

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