reply to post by newnature
Motivation is the key component when it comes to self-sanctification.
The Bible is not a self-help guide.
There is no such thing as self-sanctification in the New Testament.
In the NT, sanctification is always a group thing, either the church in general or a congregation.
Justification is the process of becoming justified by the measure of God, and that comes through the spirit of God that is given to us by Jesus and
our faith in him.
. . . becoming more righteous in practice will make them more righteous in God’s sight . . .
I don't know anyone who
Being righteous is a yes or no question and we don't decide it for ourselves and we don't decide it for other people. God is the judge of that.
Paul lets us know that in the book of Romans that God did not make Heaven for good people, God made Heaven for sinners who are justified freely by
No, Paul said "do not be deceived, sinners will not enter heaven."
. . . it will not help them avoid the second
The "second death" is in Revelation, where it talks about the books being opened and the dead judged by the works recorded there. Being
righteous would come in real handy at that point.
Setting oneself apart for holiness is one thing, setting oneself apart because of the holy
standing God has already given that individual in Christ is something altogether different.
This is where you get confused because of your
wrong definition of sanctification which you get from your cult. The biblical definition of sanctification belongs to the church. The church is what
is set apart for sanctification, which means when you step into it you have a demand set upon you to conform to that standard of holiness. Membership
in the church is not unconditional.
Being in Christ is not unconditional.
You may believe yourself to be in "right standing" as you put it, but it is self delusion if you are not living righteously because the unrighteous
are not part of Christ, sorry but that is the way it is.
Now there is an opportunity there for everyone, that is unconditional, you don't have to be from a particular tribe, or not be a slave, or not be
rich, to believe and repent and be baptized and to enter Christ's church. That is available.
What is not available is a permanent seat in the church when you just go through the motions and are not converted by changing your behavior according
to the spirit that God gives you.
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