97. Lutheran Theology Part 3

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Wes is back to continue the Lutheran Theology series with Andy. This episode of Reconnect covers the Material Principle of Lutheran Theology (Justification), The Work of the Holy Spirit (Sanctification), Good Works, and the Doctrine of Election.

93. Why Don’t Christians Care More About Their Sins?

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Andy received a Facebook message from a follower of his Contradict – They Can’t All Be True page that asked his thoughts on how to respond to the question, “Why Don’t Christians Care More About their Sins?”  This episode of Reconnect gives a lengthy response to this question, weaving in various Youtube videos that feature Alistair Begg, R.C. Sproul, and Paul Washer.

Show Links

“Why Don’t Christians Care That They Sin?” Video – R.C. Sproul and Alistair Begg

“Sensitive to Sin?” Video – Paul Washer

What is False Conversion?” Blog – Wrasman

85. Christianity in Five Verses

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Aaron Puls shares the Doctrine of Justification with Andy Wrasman and Jonathan Rutherford, using Dr. Rod Rosenbladt’s sermon “Christianity in Five Verses” as a guide.

Justification is God’s declaration that sinners are innocent on account of Christ’s death on the cross that atones for all of our sins.  This is pure gift!  We are declared innocent, though we are guilty.  Justice is still served, since the penalty for our sins were paid in full by Jesus of Nazareth.

Objective Justification is a doctrine that states that Jesus died for all sins, past, present, and future, for all people.  Individual receives the benefits of Christ’s saving work through faith, which is the doctrine of Subjective Justification.  This means that though Jesus died for everyone only those who receive the grace he won for us through faith are saved.

Another important doctrine is Sanctification.  Unlike Justification, which is instantaneous, and a declaration of innocence for the sinner, Sanctification is a process.  It is the process of becoming holy.  Though we are declared holy, it does not mean that we are now sinless.  In Justification, we are declared just though we are sinners.  At the exact moment of Justification, the process of Sanctification begins, and it carries on throughout the life of the believer, completed at death, at which time the sinful nature is gone for the believer, once and forever.

Sadly, many Christians look to their Sanctification as the assurance of their Justification.  This is a mistake which plagues the believer with doubt of salvation, leading to utter despair or self-righteousness.  The mingling of Sanctification and Justification points the believer away from Christ’s work inward to each man’s own heart and works.

Aaron plays video clips from John MacArthur, Francis Chan, N.T. Wright, and John Piper.  Do they get Justification right?  Or do they mingle Sanctification and Justification?  Do they point us to Christ for assurance of salvation, or do they point us to ourselves?

Show Links

Dr. Rod Rosenbladt’s “Christianity in Five Verses” Sermon

Dr. Rod Rosenbladt’s “The Gospel for Those Broken by the Church” Sermon

“The Christian Life is Like a Draft of Guinness Stout”

Reconnect Episode 19: “How Do I Know I Am A Christian?”

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Justification, Sanctification, and Conversion

I received the following question: “What are the main and general differences between justification, conversion, and sanctification?”

Sanctification may not always be such an upward slope.  I believe we will have dips in our walk with the Lord.

Sanctification may not always be such an upward slope. I believe we will have dips in our walk with the Lord.

Justification is being declared holy.
Sanctification is being made holy.

When we are declared holy it doesn’t mean that we actually are holy.  In god’s sight, through faith in Christ and his saving work, we are seen to be holy even though we still sin!  This is justification.

Justification is instaneous.  The moment a person has faith in Christ is the exact moment they are saved – seen to be holy in God’s sight.

At the exact same moment a person is justified he is converted.  He has gone from life to death, from a child of Satan to a child of God.  Just as justification is instantaneous, conversion is instaneous.

Through the life of the believer, he grows in holiness.  He becomes more like Christ.  Sin lessens and good works abound.  However, in this life, we will never become perfect. We will always still have sin.  So though we are becoming holy in sanctication, the process is never complete this side of heaven.

In summary:

Justification and conversion happen at the exact same moment and the effects are ongoing.
Justification and conversion are both instaneous.
Sanctiication is a process.