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Episode 31 — Sin: Perfection, Part 1

Series: Sin

Episode 31: Sin — Perfection, Part 1

This week Randy Johovich, Marlin Klingensmith and Vince Scavo continue a series on Sin.

In this episode the panel will discuss the topic of perfection in this life.

Running time: 30:28

Click here for Episode 31: Sin — Perfection, Part 1.

Program notes: The following are quoted in this discussion.

G. K. Chesterton in his book Orthodoxy

Certain new theologians dispute original sin, which is the only part of Christian theology which can really be proved. Some followers of the Reverend R.J. Campbell, in their almost too fastidious spirituality, admit divine sinlessness, which they cannot see even in their dreams. But they essentially deny human sin, which they can see in the street….

Charles Finney from Christian Perfection in the book Lectures to Professing Christians

I am to show what Christian perfection is; or what is the duty actually required in the text [Matthew 5:48 “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect”]

It is perfect obedience to the law of God. The law of God requires perfect, disinterested, impartial benevolence, love to God an love to our neighbor. It requires that we should be actuated by the same feeling, and to act on the same principles that God acts upon; to leave self out of the question as uniformly as he does, to be as much separated from selfishness as he is; in a word, to be in our mreasure as perfect as God is. Christianity requires that we should do neither more nor less than the law of God prescribes. Nothing short of this is Christian perfection. This is being, morally, just as perfect as God. Every thing is hear included, to feel as he feels, to love what he loves, and hate what he hates, and for the same reasons that he loves and hates.

Charles Finney from Christian Perfection in the book Lectures to Professing Christians

I am to show that Christian Perfection is a duty. 1. This is evident from the fact that God requires it, both under the law and under the gospel.

Charles Finney from Christian Perfection in the book Lectures to Professing Christians

If you were willing to be perfect, you would be perfect; for the perfection required is only perfect conformity of the will to God’s law or willing right.

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