Good mornin to you my friend, thank you for sharing some of your valuable time with me.
As a result of my experiences with the doctrine known as “progressive” sanctification,” I believe it to be among the most dangerous of all heresies within professing Christianity. I know of few false doctrines that escalate pride, hypocrisy, & depression more than this one.
There’s no escaping it, to believe in “progressive” sanctification, one necessarily believes that they are holier than other children of God.
First understand that the words “sanctification” & “holy” have the same meaning.
Basically these words mean God’s special property that He has dedicated/assigned to use in His service (in contrast to what is His common property).
An example of this contrast would be the ground that the tabernacle sat on.
The ground that the tabernacle sat on was no different (physically) than the ground that was right next to it.
Both identical pieces of ground were God’s property, but the ground that the tabernacle sat on was God’s special property, holy/sanctified, (because it was separated by God for His service).
And so it is with man.
There is no dual (imaginary) form of sanctification anymore than there’s a dual form of righteousness, (positional and practical).
Someone is either entirely sanctified & righteous, or they are none sanctified & righteous. Why? Because God does it, not us.
Now let’s deal with the word “progressive.”
The word “progressive” means that which is in a state of increasing, moving forward, changing.
So let’s look at how people use that word in regard to their sanctification shall we?
Someone who believes in “progressive” sanctification sees theirself as increasing in holiness. They see theirself as being more sanctified (more holy) than they were when God first saved them.
And since that person sees theirself as holier than they themselves once were, then if they’re consistent, they have to see theirself as holier than someone else.
Because (according to that doctrine), every Christian is at their own (transitory) level of sanctification. And since no two people are exactly the same, some people are necessarily holier than other people.
Do you want a test to see whether or not you believe that you’re holier than someone else?
(I’m speaking to the professing Christian)
Consider the person who’s still addicted to drugs whom God saved just yesterday. They haven’t grown in the faith whatsoever, and they are as rough as they come.
Do you think that you’re more sanctified than that person?
(The person who believes in “progressive” sanctification thinks so).
Therefore if you’re such a person, you think that you’re holier than other children of God.
It’s as simple as that.
Don’t be that person.
That’s the sinful-thinking of pride and unbelief.
Pride in thinking that something you do makes you holy, and unbelief in the sufficiency of what God has accomplished for us in Christ.
Understand that we Christians play a role in sanctifying our attitudes and actions as we grow in grace and mature in faith, but none of us are ever getting any holier, more sanctified.
We’re as sanctified/holy as we’re ever going to be from the moment God saved us, until the time He calls us home.
That’s what honors God, because all credit rightfully goes to Him, and no credit goes to us whatsoever.
Learn what God teaches us in scripture:
1 Corinthians 6.11
“And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.”
1 Corinthians 1.30-31
30 “But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:
31 That, according as it is written, He that glorieth, let him glory in the Lord.”
10 “By the which will we are sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
11 And every priest standeth daily ministering and offering oftentimes the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins:
12 But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God;
13 From henceforth expecting till his enemies be made his footstool.
14 For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified.”
1 “Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called:
2 Mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.”
Here are some helpful videos pertaining to the perfection & sanctification that every saint has been made in Christ: