Church of God of Prophecy Changes Doctrinal Statement to Include Progressive Sanctification

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Church of God of Prophecy Changed its Doctrinal Statement to Include Progressive Sanctification

Back in 2014, the Church of God of Prophecy delegates voted to accept a revised view of sanctification—that it is not only a second definite work of grace after a person accepts Christ as Savior but also is an ongoing process in the life of a believer.

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At the upcoming UNITED 99th International Assembly of the Church of God of Prophecy in 2016, the delegates will be presented the newly revised Biblical Doctrine and Polity Committee Report to include: the current Church of God of Prophecy teaching on the Doctrine of SANCTIFICATION as follows:

Sanctification, like salvation, ultimately spans the entire life of the believer. Initially, it is a work of grace subsequent to being justified, regenerated, or born again. It is an instantaneous work, which both sets one apart for God (1 Corinthians 1:2) and crucifies and cleanses the old nature, enabling the believer to be free from the dominant rule of sin: “Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For, he that is dead is freed from sin” (Romans 6:6, 7). “And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God” (1 Corinthians 6:11). This dethroning of the old nature, this cleansing, this setting apart, places upon the believer the scriptural demand to “mortify the deeds of the body” through the Spirit (Romans 8:12, 13) and to “Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication [sexual immorality], uncleanness, inordinate [abnormal] affection, evil concupiscence [desire for earthly things], and covetousness, which is idolatry” (Colossians 3:5). Second Peter 3:17, 18 further encourages growth in God’s grace and in the knowledge of Jesus Christ: “Ye therefore, beloved, seeing ye know these things before, beware lest ye also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” There is then in sanctification, a responsibility on the part of the believer to “put off” some habits and practices, and to “put on” others, which means there must be intentionality to holiness (Ephesians 4:22–32). Sanctification empowers us against sin’s control; the believer responds with a renewed mind to be transformed into the image of Christ (Romans 12:1, 2) and to be holy in life and conduct (2 Corinthians 7:1).

15 Comments

  • Reply July 9, 2016

    Melvin Harter

    The International Pentecostal Holiness Church added Progressive sanctification to their second, definite work of sanctification. Does not fit together but they are hoping to please both groups.

    • Reply October 27, 2016

      D. Bruner

      When the COGOP accepted sin, God led me back to His Church. I knew it still existed but didn’t know where until 2011 when He literally led me back.

  • Reply July 9, 2016

    Melvin Harter

    With this new generation of modern CoG preachers, it may be changed.

    • Reply July 9, 2016

      Charles Page

      from my view it will have to be changed
      The practice should match the doctrine.

  • Reply July 9, 2016

    Charles Page

    however it is impossible to hold both views. two objects can’t occupy the same space.

  • Reply July 9, 2016

    Joseph D. Absher

    The heading reads, “social proxy by mailchimp” what does that mean?

  • Reply July 10, 2016

    Varnel Watson

  • Reply July 10, 2016

    Varnel Watson

    Fr. Timothy Cremeens This may help you start on your search brother https://www.facebook.com/groups/thelogy/permalink/1050813088307039/

  • Reply July 12, 2016

    Sia Khan

    “Sanctification: it means being made one with Jesus.
    Sanctification is not something Jesus puts into me : it
    is Himself in me. 1Corin 1း30

  • Reply May 29, 2019

    Varnel Watson

    is this your lean too Charles Page Link Hudson

    • Reply May 29, 2019

      Link Hudson

      I would prefer a tent to a lean to. Not sure what it has to do with the article, though.

    • Reply May 29, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      Link Hudson the Anderson, Indiana oneness Pentecostalism you grew up actually do not believe that

    • Reply May 29, 2019

      Link Hudson

      Never been to Anderson Indiana or visited a Oneness service as far as I know.

    • Reply May 30, 2019

      Varnel Watson

      what is a Oneness service ?

  • Reply May 30, 2019

    RichardAnna Boyce

    LORDSHIP SANCTIFICATION is compulsory to earn rewards in Millennium, and a blessed Christian life now. But refusal (apostasy) does not mean loss of eternal security; but will mean loss of rewards in Millennium, and possible premature loss of physical life allowed by God’s chastisement.

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