that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar, and the
truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is the love
of God perfected: hereby know we that we are in him. 1 John 2:4, 5.
The sanctification now gaining prominence in the religious world carries with
it a spirit of self-exaltation and a disregard for the law of God that mark
it as foreign to the religion of the Bible. Its advocates teach that sanctification
is an instantaneous work, by which, through faith alone, they attain to perfect
holiness. "Only believe," say they, "and the blessing is yours."
No further effort on the part of the receiver is supposed to be required.
At the same time they deny the authority of the law of God, urging that they
are released from obligation to keep the commandments. But is it possible
for men to be holy, in accord with the will and character of God, without
coming into harmony with the principles which are an expression of His nature
and will . . . ?
for an easy religion that requires no striving, no self-denial, no divorce
from the follies of the world, has made the doctrine of faith, and faith only,
a popular doctrine; but what saith the word of God? Says the apostle James:
"What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and
have not works? can faith save him? . . . Wilt thou know, O vain man, that
faith without works is dead? . . ."
of the word of God is against this ensnaring doctrine of faith without works.
It is not faith that claims the favor of Heaven without complying with the
conditions upon which mercy is to be granted, it is presumption; for genuine
faith has its foundation in the promises and provisions of the Scriptures.
deceive themselves with the belief that they can become holy while willfully
violating one of God's requirements. The commission of a known sin silences
the witnessing voice of the Spirit and separates the soul from God. . . .
"He that saith, I know him, and keepeth not his commandments, is a liar,
and the truth is not in him. But whoso keepeth his word, in him verily is
the love of God perfected" (1 John 2:4, 5).
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