Sanctification Is Not By Faith

In his message at T4G this morning, Kevin DeYoung took on the evangelical cliché that says sanctification is by faith. He argues in fact that sanctification is not by faith—at least not in the same sense that justification is by faith. Rather, he contends that holiness in the believer’s life requires effort. It is a fantastic message, and I commend it to you. You’ll also want to bask in the afterglow of his overly hyphenated Piperian sermon title.

Also, don’t miss Thabiti Anyabwile’s excellent message, which was also delivered this morning at T4G. He asks and answers the question, “Will your gospel transform a terrorist?” You can download or listen to both messages below.

Kevin DeYoung – Spirit-Powered, Gospel-Driven, Faith-Fueled Effort [download]


Thabiti Anyabwile – Will Your Gospel Transform a Terrorist? [download]


4 Responses to Sanctification Is Not By Faith

  1. John Mark Harris April 11, 2012 at 10:25 pm #

    Thats a very 2Temple view… Search, rather, the NT and find in John, Ephesians, 1Thess, and Hebrews that we are sanctified by the (completed) death of Jesus. Not by our works, by His work, that we received and walk in by FAITH. I disagree with “sanctification is not by faith” but I don’t like the synthesis that comes from the use of such theologically constructed words.

  2. John Mark Harris April 11, 2012 at 10:29 pm #

    Or perhaps better, sanctification is faith (or the evidence thereof)


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