March 11, 2018

Synergistic Sanctification

Synergistic Sanctification

For over a month I’ve been telling you about the certainty of sanctification; today I want to conclude this series by telling you about the synergy of sanctification. Sanctification is certain in that, in the life of a Christian, it is impossible for it not to occur. Every Christian will experience personal change without exception. By the way, sanctification is the process whereby Christians are increasingly purified from sin.

But now I have to tie up one loose end I may have created in this series; perhaps in all of my insistence that sanctification is certain, I have left you with the impression that, since it is certain, you need not do anything about it. After all, when a thing is guaranteed, we tend to stop thinking about it altogether. I know the sun will rise, therefore I won’t be too concerned about whether it will rise.

And we are the kind of church especially vulnerable to such an error; we are Calvinists. And sometimes Calvinists become hyper-Calvinists. Now the basic error of hyper-Calvinism is to eliminate the role of man in the salvation process. For this reason, with all our emphasis on the role of God, and because of my insistence that sanctification is certain, we are in danger of imbalanced theology. We are in danger of believing that sanctification is monergistic. (click on play to listen to sermon or download)