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Neo-Calvinism (Refuting Error)

Justification - Sanctification Difference
Bobby R. Holmes and Mark Roberts


I. Error

    A. Neo-Calvinists:
      1. "Justification is done by God, makes one right with Him. Sanctification is an ongoing process wrought by the Spirit."
    B. Passages Misused
      1. Romans 5:1-5, 17; 8:1ff
      2. 1 Thessalonians 4:3-4
      3. 2 Thessalonians 2:13

II. Truth

    A. Justification
      1. Simply means to pronounce righteous. Comes from the same Greek root word as righteous (didasko).
      2. God pronounces righteous when we obey Him:
        a) 1 John 3:7
        b) Romans 3:24-26; 4:21-25; 5:1
      3. Word is used for saints and aliens - 1 Corinthians 6:9-11
      4. Justification is conditional
        a) James 2:24-25
        b) Romans 3:26
      5. "Justify" refers to man's actions:
        a) Luke 7:29; 10:29; 16:15
    B. Sanctification
      1. Means "separation, set apart"
      2. "To purify from sin" - 1 Corinthians 6:11; Ephesians 5:26
      3. Sanctification happens at the point of salvation, and is an ongoing process
        a) Acts 20:32
        b) 2 Thessalonians 2:13-14
      4. It is seen as completed action and a continuing process:
        a) 1 Corinthians 6:11
        b) 2 Corinthians 7:1

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