Pristine Grace

Progressive Sanctification
by Bob Higby

Progressive Sanctification

     I do not accept the doctrine of progressive sanctification. In the New Testament, sanctification is a gift of a perfect status of holiness or purification imputed to the believer in Christ--even as justification is a gift of a perfect status of rightness or justness imputed to the believer based on Christ’s merit. The hope expressed that believers will be ‘sanctified wholly’ or ‘preserved blameless’ is the same as the hope expressed that believers will hold fast the beginnings of their confidence unto the end. Neither notion is progressive if we believe in the sovereign election of God in Christ.