Date: October 29, 2002 12:46PM
Hi Joe, David, and others,
Very good examples from the Bible re. Assembly behavior Joe and very funny story re. brothers "living together", David.
Assembly Holiness cont.: I have been discussing how Assembly teaching divides the Christian faith into two parts: The 1st faith gains justification, which only allows the opportunity for full salvation, but not the certainty for full salvation(indeed a Christian can lose out on basically everything promised in salvation under George's teaching).
The 2nd faith is for sanctification, or practical holiness. Under George's teaching you must "lay hold" on sanctification (holiness), via your own effort to have hope of heaven, the inheritance, a ressurection body, right to be raptured, participation in the Bride of Christ, and etc.
George teaches that scripture like,"reckon yourselves dead to sin"(Rom.6) and other directives in the Bible that urge we take actions by faith support his position that if Christians fail to do so their lives will end in great loss. The Bible teaches us that no single verse is to be interpreted without considering the context of scripture. When we read Rom. chaps. 6,7,8 together we can begin to understand what Paul is getting at re. the Christian life.
Sanctification occurs practically as a result of us taking our justification seriously. Only the Holy Spirit has the power to make us holy because even as born again believers, apart from the Spirit, it is impossible to live a holy life. Here George's teaching creates a major road block, as he teaches, if we sin we chase away the Spirit of God and so must struggle to cleanse ourselves of impurity in order to "lay hold" of God's provision of the Spirit. Rom. 7 teaches that we are under the power of sin, even as Christians, and "wretched men" apart from the power of Christ.
We must be honest with who we are and yet know(as sinful as we may be) we are completely secure in his love and grace. George strips us of that security when we most need it and puts us into the dangerous position of earning God's grace(oxymoron).
We can't go into a vs. by vs. study here, but the basic principle is that at initial salv. we have all of Christ and all of the promises of God in him(We are complete in Him). When we bring any other condition we cut ourselves off from life in the Spirit and set up a very harmful spiritual and psychological condition in our lives.
(next a look at the harm and then the healing) God Bless, Mark