May 3, 2012

Tullian Tchividjian on Sanctification (Midweek at Coral Ridge April 25, 2012)

(note 6-22-2015): I have since come to the conviction that even though I don't believe all the critiques of Tullian are fair, they do have some good points. Tullian's message has been going off the rails for a while and his associations and messages are getting more vague.  He seems to have gone from assuming the gospel to assuming the law.)

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Midweek|FAQ: Part 9|Pastor Tullian "What Is Sanctification?"

This was just so good. I have been so blessed listening to Tullian Tchividjian lately. He admits his focus has changed in the last few years, as he used to be a bit more focused on law-based sanctification. A change for the better.

Some excerpts as he explains that justification and Sanctification are distinct ideas that are inseparably linked. Sanctification follows justification by necessity. He says: ‎
"...if you are in Christ, if you are justified, Sanctification IS BEING DONE TO YOU whether you feel it or not. Even if you are in a season of sin right now. It is being done to you, somehow, some way..."

"The only way sanctification happens is if we continually revisit your justification - when we go back to what Jesus has done."

"The goal is love, the benefit is freedom. It's something God is doing IN us, FOR us, he's ALWAYS doing it, he'll never stop doing it, he's sanctifying you and me right now. Sanctification is getting used to your justification. It's continually revisiting the truth of justification. We become increasingly sanctified as we focus on what Jesus has done, not on what we must do and that is why I talk so much about justification, because I want you to be sanctified!"

"My goal as I preach, as I teach, as I write, is to so talk about Christ's finished work, that by God's grace, love will begin to develop in your heart as you contemplate his unconditional love for you. ... when you are at your worst God is still giving you his best. ... when you begin, just BEGIN to believe that, when you ACTUALLY begin to believe that, that even when I am at my worst, God is still, in Christ, giving me his best,... his love for me is never ever wavering, it's not conditioned on how I'm doing. It's not conditioned on what I'm accomplishing or achieving. It's not conditioned on how stable your home life is, or what a good guy you are, or what a faithful wife you are. ... It's conditioned solely on what Jesus has done for you. "
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"That's my hope for you and for me, is that we become increasingly sanctified. That we grow increasingly holy. And that happens only as we fix our eyes not on our holiness or lack thereof, but on Christ's holiness and who he is."
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Midweek|FAQ: Part 9|Pastor Tullian "What Is Sanctification?"
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