admitted that such a state is one, not of absolute, but only of relative, sinlessness. His error was in calling it a state of entire sanctification. See A. H. Strong, Christ in Creation, 377-384.
A. J. Gordon, Ministry of the Spirit, 116 ? ?It is possible that one may experience a great crisis in his spiritual life that there is such a total surrender of self to God and such an in-filling of the Holy Spirit that he is freed from the bondage of sinful appetites and habits. He is enabled to have constant victory over self instead of suffering constant defeat. If the doctrine of sinless perfection is a heresy, the doctrine of contentment with sinful imperfection is a greater heresy. It is not an edifying spectacle to see a Christian worldling throwing stones at a Christian perfectionist.? Caird, Evolution of Religion, 1:138 ? ?If, according to the German proverb, it is provided that the trees shall not grow into the sky. It is equally provided that they shall always grow toward it and the sinking of the roots into the soil is inevitably accompanied by a further expansion of the branches.?
See Hovey, Doctrine of the Higher Christian Life, Compared with Scripture, also Hovey, Higher Christian Life Examined, in Studies in Ethics and Theology, 344-427; Snodgrass, Scriptural Doctrine of Sanctification; Princeton Essays, 1:335-365; Hodge, Systematic Theology. 3:213-258; Calvin, Institutes, III, 11:6; Bib. Repos., 2d Series. 1:44-58; 2:143-166; Woods, Works, 4:465-523; H. A. Boardman, The ?Higher Life? Doctrine or Sanctification; William Law, Practical Treatise on Christian Perfection; E. H. Johnson, The Highest Life.
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