Entire Sanctification (Part 2)
Believers are not perfect in knowledge. No state of grace is so lofty that one cannot fall. It doesn't mean you won't make omissions or mistakes in judgment. Wesley distinguished between sin properly speaking and improperly speaking. Wesley teaches that at justification, a person is freed from the guilt of sin, at regeneration, a person is freed from the power of sin, and at entire sanctification, a person is freed from the being of sin. It not only includes a "heart and life all devoted to God," but it also embraces the purification of the relation between God and humanity such that the imago dei, especially the moral image, has been renewed in its glory and splendor. Assurance of sanctification comes from the direct witness of the Holy Spirit and the indirect witness of the fruit of the Spirit. Wesley taught that the gift of entire sanctification is not usually received until just prior to death and that entire sanctification must take place before death. Perfect love casts out all fear.
Note: the two lectures on entire sanctification are contrary to our Statement of Faith, which asserts that “The disciple's life will be characterized, among many, by battle with sin.” They have been included because the are central to Wesleyan theology, and BiblicalTraining is committed to being broadly evangelical.
I. WHAT ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS NOT
A. Believers are not perfect in knowledge
B. No state of grace is so lofty that one cannot fall
C. It doesn't mean you won't make omissions or mistakes in judgment
D. Christians are not free from infirmities
E. Perfect love does not eliminate temptation
F. Wesley rejected the idea of a static perfection
II. WHAT ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION IS
A. Free from evil thoughts
B. Free from evil tempers
C. A genuine healing of the soul
D. Love replacing sin
III. ENTIRE SANCTIFICATION AND ASSURANCE
A. Direct witness of the Holy Spirit
B. Indirect witness of the fruit of the Spirit
IV. PASTORAL CONSIDERATIONS ON THE WAY TO ETERNITY
A. The gift of entire sanctification is not usually received until just prior to death
B. Wesley taught that entire sanctification must take place before death
C. What does Wesley teach about a person who dies before their heart is fully cleansed of inbred sin?
D. Why will most people not realize the graces of perfect love until just prior to death?
V. QUESTIONS AND ANSWERS