Fear of God Devotional: Wrong Views of Holiness – The “Carnal Christian”

Historically, what have been wrong views of sanctification and holiness?

Marcus Serven briefly describes in this video two wrong views of sanctification.

First, in the 1980’s, there was a wrong idea that a person could somehow live as a “carnal Christian.” Specifically, by making a profession of faith, an individual’s current life did not need to have even a remote connection to that profession of faith. Essentially, they could be “free” to live their life however they wished. This idea leads to antinomianism where there is no law, no sense of Christian discipleship, and no sense of government.

This is a wrong and flawed understanding of holiness. Christ said that there would be the manifestation of fruit when we abide in Christ. Holiness grows in the Christian life. It is not something that remains stagnant throughout their entire life.

Another wrong view that came about in the mid-1800’s is the idea of an instantaneous sanctification. Essentially, if you had a “second experience” or “crisis point,” you would be instantaneously “sanctified.” All of the manifestations of sin in your life would be gone. However, Scripture is clear that no individual becomes sinless instantly and completely and that sanctification is a progressive process.

John 17:17 (NKJV) – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”