****I’ve heard many fundamentalist churches have what they call ‘doctrinal statements’ to sum up their beliefs so I googled around some to see what these were like. I found the statement below (it’s actually part of a larger statement) and thought I’d use it as my example because it was more detailed than the others I came across.
I’m confused by the parts I put in red:
*]****First, it first says we are fully sanctified “positionally” before God when we’re saved
*]****Second, it then goes on to say we grow in our sanctification by the unhindered power of the Spirit. ****
*]****Third we are again, “fullly sanctified” when we see God. It doesn’t say how, but I guess just by seeing him we become fully sanctified?
****[/LIST]So, it appears there are 3 different types of sanctification going on here. The Scripture references don’t help support this from what I can tell…
I have a lot of evangelical/fundamentalist friends and would like to try and understand this line of thinking since I’m guessing it’s pretty common. Anyone understand these statements and the mindset for this type of theology? (positional sanctification, personal sanctification, full sanctification (combination of both??)**
Salvation by Grace**
We believe that salvation, the gracious gift of God, is freely offered to all, but individually received by personal faith in the Lord Jesus Christ. His shed blood enables the forgiveness of sins and satisfies all God’s righteous demands for our salvation. Salvation by grace through faith, of necessity excludes all of man’s attempts to procure salvation by meritorious efforts of any kind including baptism, partaking of the communion meal, good works, or any such thing. All the redeemed, having been born again, are retained in that state by the power of God and are therefore secure in Christ forever, without interruption. The believer’s assurance of salvation is based upon the declared Word of God and reassured by the Holy Spirit. Ephesians 2:8-10; Romans 6:23; Romans 3:24-26; John 3:16-18; I Peter 1:18-19; Acts 16:30-31; John 10:27-30: Romans 8:1,16, 38-39; I Peter 1:5; I John 5:11-13.
We believe that every saved person is set apart unto God in three ways. First, he is completely sanctified in his positional standing before God. Second, although the believer in Jesus Christ is given a new nature, he retains the old sin nature throughout this life. There is, therefore, progressive sanctification wherein the Christian is to grow in grace and to be changed by the unhindered power of the Spirit**.** Third, the believer will ultimately be fully sanctified when he shall see the Lord and be “like Him.” John 17:17; II Corinthians 3:18; II Corinthians 5:17; II Corinthians 7:1; Ephesians 4:24: Ephesians 5:25-27; I Thessalonians 5:23; Hebrews 10:10, 14; Hebrews 12:10; I John 3:2-3