Entire Sanctification

Entire Sanctification

I Will Not Go Out Free

Pastor Ray digs deeper into the book “Coals of Fire” by G.D. Watson and would encourage you to intently listen. What will you do when you discover that following Jesus won’t make you “somebody” and will you make the choice to simply be the love slave of Jesus, come what may in your life? That’s the real litmus test of being a Christian or being under the law… Are you willing to fully volunteer  or unconditionally surrender everything, including your…

The Blood of the New Covenant (2005)

After conversion, Christians are to mature. The writer of Hebrews speaks of this as eating “meat,” or “solid food,” instead of milk. A key feature of this maturity is entering the rest of God. Another is consecration and power for service. This includes answered prayers, souls saved, and Satan’s kingdom destroyed. Yet another feature is a willingness to endure suffering and persecution with joy, counting it as discipline (or education) from God. We attain all this not through self-discipline, but…

Sanctification Can Be Lost

A Christian can lose sanctification, or the second work of grace. But, you may ask, wouldn’t someone jealously guard such a precious gift? Often, Christians lose the blessing by refusing to testify of it. They may also lose sanctification if they allow the soul to become burdened again, or through deliberate disobedience or neglect. Usually, the loss is not sudden. Rather, it’s a gradual, slow leakage of joy, liberty, and power. For example, you may lack the deep, steady peace…

The Fullness of the Beatitudes

The beatitudes outline what happens in a person’s heart in conversion. But the fullness of the beatitudes consists in its application to heart purity. As in conversion, the path to entire sanctification begins with poverty of spirit. You begin to see the disparity between your walk and the apostles’ walk. Every area of your spiritual life–the music, sermons, prayers–seems poor. This leads to mourning, then humility. A hunger and thirst for righteousness clamor in your heart. An intense longing to…

If We Confess Our Sins

“If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” (1 John 1:8-9). These words combated the first-century Gnostic heresy that the soul could be clean while the body remained sinful. Today, this heresy continues as, “When God looks at you, he doesn’t see you, he sees Jesus.” This fantasy…

The Goat of Departure

As we enter Holy Week, the familiar story of the death and resurrection of Christ comes to the forefront. The two-fold problem the church faces during this time is that, for many, this message doesn’t result in a change in thinking and life, because, we think, “I already know that story.” Like Nadab and Abihu, much of the church today is pretending to worship Jesus and be filled with Holy Spirit when in fact they are offering the strange fire…

You Must Call on the Name of the Lord

Following Sister Michelle’s welcome message on humility, Pastor Ray’s sermon examines the three accounts of Saul’s conversion. Acts 26:16 shows that the removal of all sin–including the carnal nature–and the revival, Pentecost power of the Holy Spirit are to be obtained together. To “baptize ourselves” in this way means to give ourselves to committed prayer until the blessing is obtained. Without this committed prayer in our hearts, God will not move. Will you come under this word of God?

Experiencing the Holy Spirit

Have you wondered, “What does entire sanctification look like?” Pastor Ray finishes this week’s doctrinal teachings on this subject with a reading from Charles Finney’s “Conversion to Christ,” found in the memoir Holy Spirit Revivals. In the same day, this dear brother was first born again, then baptized in the Holy Spirit of liquid love and soul-winning power. God’s heart is to do this work in each of his children, including you. As in the apostles’ days, this experience of the…

Do Not Despise the Word of the Lord

This fiery, impassioned close reading of Psalm 51 throws light on King David’s cry for entire sanctification. He confronted the reality that his commission of adultery and murder rose out of a wicked, bent heart and spirit that had despised the word of the Lord. It wasn’t enough for David to simply have the sinful actions removed; he needed God to “un-sin” him by removing the old, carnal nature out of which these actions arose. Have you been driven to…

Un-Sin Me!

King David’s prayer in Psalm 51 is that God would “un-sin” him. Though usually translated “wash” or “purge,” this literal meaning of “un-sin” reveals that David was crying out for entire sanctification, which is the total removal of the old man/carnal nature. We find this taught by the apostle Paul in Romans 6: our old man is crucified with Christ, and we should never sin again after conversion. In direct opposition to this, the general current of modern Christian teaching…

Are You Washed in the Blood?

The question is not, “Are you saved,” but, “Are you washed in the blood of Jesus”? Just as surely as dirt is removed from washed hands, sin is presently and actually removed from a person washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. Of the specific acts of sin from which the apostle Paul indicates that we are saved, the most relevant for the modern, American church is idolatry. This is putting anyone or anything in the place of Jesus–be it…

The Second Work of Grace

In the first work of grace, a person is born again and saved from acts of sin. However, as in the Corinthian church, the inclination to sin remains. Jesus desires to sanctify entirely every believer so that this carnal nature is removed and the Christian is made perfect in love. This “high road,” as John Wesley called it, is largely denied by the modern Christian church, and we have fallen so low that many even deny the soul-saving first work of grace.…