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Five Views on Sanctification Paperback – Unabridged, September 28, 1996
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That being said, because all 5 indeed attempt to do justice to all of Scripture, they are actually not that far different from one another. Where they differ is in nuanced visions of sin, "walking in the Spirit", the question of the old v. new nature struggle, and in "being filled with the Spirit".
Don't be put off if the terms "Keswick" and "Augustinian-Dispensational" are unfamiliar to you. They are actually very common views in evangelical Christianity -- and related forms of both are taught throughout the evangelical Christian church (just not often identified by those terms)! Two very well-known ministries that espouse Keswick teaching are the Christian and Missionary Alliance and Campus Crusade for Christ. "Augustinian-Dispensational" is just a term Walvoord uses to identify the teaching on personal holiness which has been historically associated with Augustine, the early Reformers, and many dispensational and Bible churches today. You'll find it in Jerry Bridges' "Pursuit of Holiness", and probably much other contemporary Christian devotional and theological literature.Read more ›
Each perspective is presented in turn. Following the presentation of each of the five perspectives, the other four authors provide responses which critique the perspective just presented. This provides a point-counterpoint dialog which is most helpful in clarifying the essential elements in which each perspective differs from the others. The volume concludes with both a subject index and a scripture index.
Although a main purpose of the book is to clarify the differences in which each of the five perspectives understands the Biblical teaching regarding sanctification, it becomes evident during the process that the five views have much more in common than one might at first assume. Although differences remain, one finds that many of the secondary disagreements have more to do with how definitions and terminology are used than with incompatible views of what scripture teaches on the topics discussed. The result is a strengthened confidence in what scripture teaches concerning the core issues of sanctification-which all the views recognize.
Among the five views, two of the views stand out as holding perspectives which are markedly different than the rest.Read more ›
This is a well-written book, but you might find that it delves too deeply into fine shadings of difference between several of the views. The general consensus I heard over the years from nearly all my students to this textbook was that it really should be titled the Two Views of sanctification. This was because of the strong similarities of McQuilkin (Keswick), Walvoord (Dispensational), Dieter (Wesleyan), and Horton (Pentecostal). Only Hoekema's "Reformed" chapter stands out as distinct from the other four.
Not to say that there aren't differences between the other four. Dr. John Walvoord went to great lengths to defend the so-called two nature view of the Christian soul, to which Robertson McQuilkin particularly did not subscribe. But the foundations of Walvoord's view were the same as McQuilkin's.
Robertson McQuilkin takes great pains to distinguish his toned-down version of Keswick from Methodist perfectionism, which he does not accept; yet the only real difference between the two is a denial of eradication. And Horton's only real difference with the other three is his addition of speaking-in-tongues. My undergraduate students often got lost in the authors' small points of detail. But it seemed as if those four writers needed to focus on small, technical details of difference, because the big elements of their mutual views were so similar to each other.Read more ›
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I enjoyed reading the different views individually, then reading the responses of each view by the differing view.
5 solid theologians sharing their arguments and then critiques on each others sanctification arguments. IT is well thought out and gives a good view of sanctificationPublished 20 months ago by Paul D. Singleton
These five views are given in the words of their own proponents. Each view is then critiqued by the other four authors. Read morePublished 21 months ago by Amazon Customer