Paul's Passing Thoughts

Like I Said: Protestant Sanctification Requires Remaining Under The Wrath of God

Posted in Uncategorized by Paul M. Dohse Sr. on November 12, 2022

Throughout my TANC 2022 sessions, I argued that assurance of salvation and Protestant sanctification are mutually exclusive. The Reformers argued that assurance of salvation is counterproductive to sanctification, which they believed to be the progression of salvation. When evangelicalism started to return to authentic Protestantism in the early 70’s, the teaching on this was very subtle and nuanced for a number of years. Now, not so much. The following is not arguable: the Protestant definition of a “saved” person is the biblical definition of a lost person. In fact, the likes of John Piper and others state it openly and often. John Piper has stated in no uncertain terms that Christians still need to be saved. And in light of that and many other outrageous things that he has said, he is openly and fully endorsed by John MacArthur Jr. and many other pastor celebrities. This is because Protestant orthodoxy necessarily requires the so-called Christian to remain under the wrath of God; it is a tenet of Protestant soteriology. So, I stumbled upon this Protestant placard this morning and decided to use it to further the point.

This placard is a prime example of the total lack of understanding that Protestants have concerning salvation. Notice the lack of understanding in regard to transformation from the kingdom of darkness to the kingdom of light. The focus is darkness, not light. According to Protestantism, sanctification is driven by not only remaining in darkness, but acquiring a deeper and deeper understanding of our darkness in order to have a deeper and deeper understanding of what God actually saved us from. Hence, the primary goal of sanctification, and the very definition of spiritual growth, is a deeper and deeper understanding of God’s mercy. Piper et al often state that this appreciation of God’s mercy, which makes the cross bigger, and man smaller, enables us to…”make it” into heaven. This idea is the premise of Martin Luther’s Theology of the Cross, which is the founding principle of the Protestant Reformation. What this brings to mind follows: Jesus said that when the light of the eyes (focus and insight) is darkness, “how deep is that darkness!”

So, if we actually died with Christ, and have been resurrected with him, and as Paul said, “all things are new,” where would our inner source be for discovering this contrast in order to make the cross bigger? Isn’t the primary source for that information, the old us, literally dead? And if we are now slaves of righteousness, wouldn’t the aforementioned endeavor require us to remain slaves of unrighteousness? It just seems to me that a slave to righteousness is going to have difficulty digging up unrighteous fodder. If we are slaves to righteousness, it seems like data for making the cross bigger in our own lives should be harder and harder to find, not easier. And according to this construct, if we are slaves to righteousness, wouldn’t “making it” into heaven be increasingly more difficult?

By the way, why can’t we show our appreciation for being born into God’s family by pleasing our Father, rather than obtaining a deeper and deeper understanding of what we used to be? And if this is the primary endeavor in order to make it into heaven, is time spent loving others diminishing our chances to “make it” into heaven? How does a good slave to righteousness excel at seeing things that are indicative of being enslaved to unrighteousness? It seems to me, on the other hand, that such an emphasis would please our old master, not our new one.

I realize that Martin Luther wanted to make man small and God large through emphasizing the “cross story (glory of God)” versus the “glory story (glory of man),” which encompassed his Theology of the Cross doctrine, but we also need to remember that any kind of striving can be a works salvation; even a striving to make man smaller.


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