Paul's Passing Thoughts

Submitted to the Committee on Resolutions for the 2011 Southern Baptist Convention

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on May 14, 2011

Resolution On Distinctions Between Justification And Sanctification
June 2011

WHEREAS, A major contribution to the spiritual weakness of many Protestant denominations has been erroneous teachings in regard to sanctification; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that Christians are sanctified by the exact same means of justification only; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that Christians should preach the Gospel of justification to themselves everyday for sanctification purposes; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that contemplation on the Gospel of justification alone is the primary duty for the Christian, and from that one duty, all other duties find life; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that a worshipful doxology resulting from a contemplation on justification always precedes obedience acceptable to God; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that Christians need to be justified continually until glorification, and enablement to participate in sanctification has not been granted by God in any portion more than those who need to be justified; and

WHEREAS, Some teach that personal exertion by Christians in response to all that Christ has commanded in Scripture is works salvation.

BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED, That the Southern Baptist Convention affirm Scriptural distinctions between justification and sanctification; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we affirm these distinctions according to Scripture and those that are clearly evident in Article IV of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Statement. Concerning enablement in sanctification, Article IV (C) contains this statement as follows: “Sanctification is the experience, beginning in regeneration, by which the believer is set apart to God’s purposes, and is enabled to progress toward moral and spiritual maturity through the presence and power of the Holy Spirit dwelling in him.”

Concerning justification as a one-time legal declaration by God, Article IV (B) contains the following statement: “Justification is God’s gracious and full acquittal upon principles of His righteousness of all sinners who repent and believe in Christ”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we believe that the Scriptures are not for the sole purpose of contemplating justification only, but rather according to Article I of the 2000 Baptist Faith and Message Statement which contains the following in regard to the Scriptures: “It is a perfect treasure of divine instruction. It has God for its author, salvation for its end, and truth, without any mixture of error, for its matter. It reveals the principles by which God judges us; and therefore is, and will remain to the end of the world, the true center of Christian union, and the supreme standard by which all human conduct, creeds, and religious opinions should be tried”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we affirm our belief in the biblical truth that Christians are new creatures in Jesus Christ, and therefore, we also agree with Article XV of the 1925 confession which contains this statement: “There is a radical and essential difference between the righteous and wicked”; and

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, That we affirm as true and biblical, any endeavor or teaching concerning sanctification that likens to these words written by JC Ryle: “In justification the word to address to man is believe–only believe; in sanctification the word must be ‘watch, pray, and fight.’ What God has divided let us not mingle and confuse”; and

BE IT THEREFORE FINALLY RESOLVED, That because of the aforementioned convictions commonly believed by Southern Baptists as described in these resolutions, that those who persist in confounding two things that differ–that is, justification and sanctification, be deemed unfit as ministers or teachers of the Gospel.

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  1. Bill said, on May 16, 2011 at 11:58 PM


    These are very interesting comments by Southern Baptists. This goes beyond anything the PCA is doing, that I am aware of. I’m personally surprised that any Southern Baptist would bring up these issues. The Anti-Lordship Salvation issue (Christ can be Savior, but not Lord to be obeyed) doesn’t seem to be a problem with them since Charles Stanley and others continue same as usual. The Anti-Lordship Salvation issue is just as harmful as the GS/Sonship teachings. Somebody out there must believe that these GS/Sonship teachings, that you have been exposing, have made significant inroads into Southern Baptist churches. The statements reveal that they also have a good understanding of the theological error. Good to see that somebody is awake over there. I hope they end up throwing the “unfit” ministers out!

    Arkansas Bill


    • pauldohse said, on May 17, 2011 at 12:59 AM


      Sorry, I didn’t make it clear that I am the one who submitted the resolution. GS and anti-lordship: it seems that the latter would make the SBC ripe for GS. It could also unit the Calvinist/anti-Calvinist factions.

      > —–Original Message—– >


  2. Bill said, on May 17, 2011 at 4:21 AM

    Oh!!!! Ok, no wonder. I was thinking Wow, sounds like these guys have been reading Paul’s Passing Thoughts! This blogging is powerful stuff.

    Anyway, they will be hearing about these issues. Now or later. The sooner the better for them and everybody else.

    Arkansas Bill


  3. paulspassingthoughts said, on December 6, 2013 at 10:08 AM

    Reblogged this on Paul's Passing Thoughts.


  4. Christian said, on December 6, 2013 at 10:37 AM

    We need it submitted again. Who could do this for us? Would there be a SBC pastor willing to do this?


  5. Christian said, on December 6, 2013 at 2:38 PM

    Would it be possible for us to reach out to each individual SBC church? This needs to be decided by the pew sitters who fund the SBC. Do you think the SBC would give us the addresses of each church? I realize there are thousands, but what a ministry! Your study and research needs to be available to all! Thank you so much!


    • paulspassingthoughts said, on December 6, 2013 at 3:27 PM

      We have been looking at a newsletter for some time. Have also toyed with a radio show.


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