Saturday, July 19, 2008

The believers at the Church at Corinth repented!

Some have recently used passages from 1 Corinthians to assert that there are carnal Christians that remain carnal without repenting or being sanctified in any way. By claiming that Christians can be all carnal all the time, they can assert that reformed theology is a works based theology since it affirms that repentance and sanctification are part of the Christian’s life. However, we see the following passage in 2 Corinthians:

2 Corinthians 7:9 As it is, I rejoice, not because you were grieved, but because you were grieved into repenting. For you felt a godly grief, so that you suffered no loss through us.

The believers of the Church of Corinth repented. They did not remain carnal, but were convicted of sin and repented. This is exactly what reformed theology asserts. All the writers of the New Testament affirm the same principle. Lordship sanctification happens to all Christians unless they are providentially prevented from doing so!


mark pierson said...

This was an EXCELLENT post! Their new nature responded to Paul's rebukes, corrections, and instructions in righteousness. Their new natures would not permit a persistent walk in the flesh.

jazzycat said...

Well said, "Their new natures would not PERMIT a persistent walk in the flesh."

If one professes faith but is in the flesh all the time, he is not saved. This is the report of Scripture over and over again.....

Ike said...

America's evangelical churches have done well with the "gate" being narrow and that Christ is the only way, but.....they have not done so well with the "path".... which is also narrow?
How many times have you heard this said...."there is as much sin in the church as there is outside the church"?? That is an outright lie! That may be true with "church buildings" but NOT the bride of Christ!