In this episode we will continue to discuss the doctrine of Christian Perfection from an Orthodox Wesleyan-Arminian perspective. We will be discussing three main points in this episode that surround one significant theme: Christian Perfection is "Imperfect Perfection." We will discuss how Christian Perfection is NOT "sinless perfection." We will also discuss how the differences between the Latin and Greek terms for "perfection" make everything more confusing. And finally, we will discuss the debate concerning whether this work is "instantaneous" or "gradual." We hope you come away from this episode with a better understanding of this controversial and often confusing teaching.
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In this episode we will be discussing the controversial teaching of Christian Perfection in an attempt to "de-mythologize" the doctrine. It is our conviction on Remonstrance that Christian Perfection (Perfect Love) is an important doctrine for the Church, as long as it is taught accurately and in accordance with Wesley's teaching. We will be approaching this doctrine from the perspective of what Wesley taught and not what those who followed him taught. Unfortunately many who claimed to teach this doctrine in his name actually ended up changing the doctrine into something he would have never supported. We spend most of the episode defining Christian Perfection (Perfect Love). The best definition is simply, "Love Excluding Sin." We distinguish Perfect Love from "Sanctification" and talk about other issues related to this doctrine. Along the way we receive help from T.A. Noble, Randy Maddox, and Kenneth J. Collins. In the next episode we will continue our conversation so stay tuned.