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Item description for Five Views On Sanctification (Counterpoints) by Greg L. Bahnsen Melvin E. Dieter, Stanley M. Horton...

Representatives of five major Protestant perspectives join in this book to present their views on sanctification.

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Christians generally recognize the need to live a holy, or sanctified, life. But they differ on what sanctification is and how it is achieved. Five Views on Sanctification brings together in one easy-to-understand volume five major Protestant views on sanctification. Writing from a solid evangelical stance, each author describes and defends his own understanding of the doctrine, and responds as well to the views of the other authors. This book addresses such practical questions as: How does one achieve sanctification in this life? How much success in sanctification is possible? Is a crisis experience following one s conversion normal or necessary? If so, what kind of experience, and how is it verified? The Counterpoints series provides a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians. Counterpoints books address two categories: Church Life and Bible and Theology. Complete your library with other books in the Counterpoints series."

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Studio: Zondervan
Pages   254
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.08" Width: 5.34" Height: 0.63"
Weight:   0.45 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 1, 1996
Publisher   Zondervan Publishing
Edition  Revised  
Series  Counterpoints  
ISBN  0310212693  
ISBN13  9780310212690  
UPC  025986212698  

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More About Greg L. Bahnsen Melvin E. Dieter, Stanley M. Horton

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Stanley N. Gundry is executive vice president and editor-in-chief for the Zondervan Corporation. He has been an influential figure in the Evangelical Theological Society, serving as president of ETS and on its executive committee, and is adjunct professor of Historical Theology at Grand Rapids Theological Seminary. He is the author of seven books and has written many articles appearing in popular and academic periodicals.

Stanley N. Gundry currently resides in Grand Rapids, in the state of Michigan.

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Excellent Resource, though more acedemic than practical  Nov 30, -0001
Five Views on Sanctification brings together the collective knowledge of Melvin E. Dieter, Anthony A. Hoekema, Stanley M. Horton, J. Robertson McQuilkin, and John F. Walvoord to discuss the theological issue of the nature of sanctification in the Christian life. Each author argues in favor of his particular view; Dieter argues in favor of the Wesleyan perspective, Hoekema asserts the Reformed perspective, Horton puts forth the Pentecostal perspective, McQuilkin presents the Keswick perspective, and Walvoord explicates the Augustinian-Dispensational perspective.

Each of the authors presents sound arguments for their particular point of view. While all of the arguments are well thought out and clearly presented, each view is supported by scripture to varying degrees.

Each of the authors takes the opportunity to respond to the other views in a critical way, primarily showing the differences between their views and those of the other authors. The critical examinations are enlightening and for the most part they are done fairly.

The main purpose of this book is to provide with the reader with the major views on the subject. This is well accomplished by gathering scholars from across the spectrum of mainstream Christianity to present their particular views. Each of the authors present clear arguments in favor of their particular view, as well as sound refutations of those of the other authors. The book accomplishes its purpose.

In some sense, though often in differing terms, all views do in some way recognize the progressive nature of sanctification. Even while some elements of Pentecostal theology prefer a more radical immediate sanctification, the mainstream position held by the Assemblies of God, and others, recognizes this. At the core of all views is the recognition of the role of the Holy Spirit in sanctification, though the particular language and terminology here varies as well.

The Pentecostal view is alone in its extreme emphasis on the baptism of the Holy Spirit and its relationship to sanctification. All views recognize the work of the Spirit. The Augustinian-Dispensational view even speaks of the distinction between the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the filling of the Holy Spirit. Yet, the Pentecostal view is alone in its emphasis of the relationship between sanctification and baptism in the Holy Spirit.

As is likely to be expected, there is significant disagreement between the Wesleyan view and the reformed view. The Wesleyan view places a high premium on real holiness as the end of the process of sanctification. This view asserts that not only is the guilt of sin removed via justification but the propensity toward it can also be removed in this lifetime via sanctification. The reformed view recognizes the total depravity of man before salvation and the continuing sin nature after salvation. In this way, in fact, there is a close connection between this view and the Augustinian-Dispensational view.

In the opinion of the reviewer, this book is a valuable resource and useful read for any believer interested in knowing more about the doctrine sanctification. While the book is written largely for students of theology and doctrine, it has practical implications which are hard to miss. The choice of collaborative authors is superb. The arguments are well presented and even better thought out.

In the end I am compelled to adopt a view of sanctification which draws elements from each of the views presented. Clearly God has a significant role in the process but we must choose to participate. Certainly holiness is the goal of this process but my experience as a pastor and as a sinful man tells me that workable holiness will not be achieved in this life of struggle against sin and its effects. Sanctification is a process of growing in grace not an immediate transformation of action, but rather a revolution of intention. It is an upheaval of purpose working toward the goal of Christ-likeness!
Sanctification not quite complete  Nov 30, -0001
This book is a very good summarization of the top five views of sanctification in evangelicalism today. I recommend this book for college classes, in-depth discussion groups and educated laity. The only down side is that it took Zondervan too long to produce a quality copy (i.e. good paper, good graphics, etc) of this book. I have older versions of other Counterpoints books and I feel I am reading a 'theological' newspaper. Other than that, it is a well done book.
Interesting but Partial Discussion  Nov 30, -0001
Sanctification and good works are vital, interesting but easily misunderstood part of the Christian life. Here, five views of sanctification are presented, then each is given opportunity to a reaction by the other four competing views. This is the strength of this presentation.

However, problem this reviewer has is his view is not represented, that being Lutheran. Other confessional bodies could say the same. For ours, one would be benefited to read Hal Senkbeil's "Sanctification, Christ in Action" and Adolf Koberle's classic "The Quest For Holiness." What one will find there is a proper distinguishing between Law and Gsopel as it applies to sanctification, which is easily spotted from Senkbeil's excellent titled book: Sanctification: Christ in Action." It is from Christ and His gospel that our sanctification is fueled, not the Law.

Counterpoint Series  Nov 30, -0001
I'm going to apply this commentary for the entire Counterpoint Series published by Zondervan Publishing Company. My compliments to that company for creating this series. I initially purchased "Four Views on the Book of Revelation" but soon realized it was only one in a series. I got so much out of that volume, that I decided to purchase the entire set to study and keep for reference. My spiritual growth has been remarkable as a result. Seminary students and professionals would probably enjoy this series, which seems geared for them. But this series is also excellent for those college-educated laypeople who feel inclined to enhance their understanding of Christian theology. That is, with one caveat: Buy a decent theological dictionary to refer to at first. It probably won't get used much after about the third book you choose to read, but initially you will be need it to be confident of some of the terms used among advanced theologians. Then, the Counterpoint series will give you a full understanding of many different concepts and concerns of the Christian faith which have been applicable from early on until the present. I've learned a lot, and the only way I think I could do better is if I were enrolled in Seminary. A list of all the titles I am aware of from this series is:

Are Miraculous Gifts for Today?
Five Views on Law and Gospel
Five Views on Sanctification
Four Views on Hell
Four Views on Salvation in a Pluralistic World
Four Views on the Book of Revelation
Three Views on Creation and Evolution
Three Views on the Millennium and Beyond
Three Views on the Rapture
Two Views on Women in Ministry
Helpful introduction to evangelical views on sanctification.  Nov 30, -0001
This volume is one of many in the Zondervan Counterpoints series which "provide a forum for comparison and critique of different views on issues important to Christians." The five views of sanctification which are presented include: (1) the Wesleyan perspective written by Melvin E. Dieter; (2) the Reformed perspective written by Anthony A. Hoekema; (3) the Pentecostal perspective written by Stanley M. Horton; (4) the Keswick perspective written by J. Robertson McQuilkin; and (5) the Augustinian-Dispensational perspective written by John F. Walvoord.

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.

The Wesleyan perspective asserts the possibility of "entire sanctification" also called (misleadingly) "perfection." This view holds that by means of progressive sanctification, the Christian may reach a point "through the Holy Spirit [where we] are able not to sin, even though we never come to the place where we are not able to sin" (p. 137). The subtlety in this statement has to do with the Wesleyan separation of sin into conscious willing rebellion to God's law vs. unconscious, unintentional sin. The sin over which victory is said to apply is the conscious willing kind. A significant problem is that this is only one aspect of the full Biblical definition of sin which includes both intentionally and unconsciously falling short of God's ideal. It seems that entire sanctification can only result in victory over one of these categories--a sort of "partial perfection" which is really no perfection.

Unique to the Pentecostal perspective is the view that the baptism of the Holy Spirit is a subsequent work after salvation which is not necessarily experienced by all believers. Pentecostalism attaches great significance to this work in the life of the believer and its relationship to progressive sanctification-especially empowerment for evangelism and service. Typically, speaking in tongues is held to be the sign that a believer has undergone this baptism. In this, the Pentecostal view stands alone-all other views understanding Holy Spirit baptism as that which joins each believer to the body of Christ (1Cor. 12:13) at the time of coming to faith.

One of the more interesting aspects of the book is the historical discussion of the relationship between some of the views. Of particular interest is the development of the Pentecostal and Keswick movements which borrow much from the earlier Wesleyan understanding of sanctification.

Each of the five presenters engages the other views carefully and constructively and with an absence of polemics which is refreshing for a discussion among such diverse points of view.

I would recommend this book to anyone who would benefit from a succinct summary of the Biblical teaching on sanctification and an overview of the divergence of opinion which has characterized evangelical study of this topic.

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