The False Doctrine of Gospel Sanctification
…the New Calvinists teaching that confuses justification with sanctification makes justification progressive – and that, my brethren, is the difference between Protestant thinking, and Roman Catholicism. – Joel Taylor
Many Christians within the Reformed camp are thinking like Roman Catholics. I’ll explain….
Timothy Kauffman of the Trinity Foundation has written an outstanding refutation of the false and destructive doctrine of Gospel sanctification in an article entitled Sanctification, Half Full: The Myopic Hermeneutic of the “Grace Movement”.
Among others, he addresses the erroneous and harmful teachings of Steve Brown, Tim Keller, Tullian Tchividjian and how the Protestant reformer Martin Luther is ‘played’ and whose writings are abused in order to convince many of this teaching of Gospel sanctification – a teaching that conflates justification with sanctification.
It is, in my opinion, a most important read. For the New Calvinists teaching that confuses justification with sanctification makes justification progressive….and that, my brethren, is the difference between Protestant thinking, and Roman Catholicism.
It’s that serious.
Paul Washer writes in Gospel 101- An Apostolic Introduction:
Now I make known to you, brethren, the gospel… I Corinthians 15:1
In this simple phrase, we find a truth that must be rediscovered by all of us. The Gospel is not merely an introductory message to Christianity. It is “the” message of Christianity, and it is not only the means of salvation, but also the means of continued sanctification in the life of the most mature believer. The Apostle had already preached the Gospel to these people! He was their father in the faith!
Yet he sees the greatest need to continue teaching the Gospel to them, not only to remind them of its essential ingredients, but also to expand their knowledge of it.
At their conversion, they merely began a journey of discovery that would encompass their entire life and carry on through the endless ages of eternity – the discovery of the glories of God revealed in the Gospel of Jesus Christ. (emphasis mine)
The words I have placed in bold, brethren, is the New Calvinists teaching of Gospel Sanctification, and Gospel sanctification is not why the Apostle Paul ‘made known’ the Gospel to the Corinthians. Gospel sanctification is contrary to the Word of God – throughout!
I urge you to read Kauffman’s article and encourage you to refer it to everyone who reads New Calvinists material: Al Mohler, Tim Keller, Tullian Tchividjian, John Piper and material or videos of any others who are teaching this highly deceptive doctrine under the guise of ‘recovering the Gospel.’
The Gospel of Jesus Christ has never been lost. The battle we engage in is not against men, but against falsehood, for the sake of the Church.