Full days have taken up my time lately, as a much-needed break from homeschooling required actually finishing what our family set out to learn this year. Now that there is a breather from formal academics, I can turn my attention to defeating the reign of Chaos and Clutter that set up camp in the house. When either side has called a truce, I can then focus on more delightful pasttimes, like this blog.
I also admit that I was sidetracked by the whole sanctification kerfuffle going on in various Reformed circles on the Internet, which had some local repercussions. Research being one of my weaknesses, I set off to find what those-in-the-know said about progressive sanctification. Several sermons I found edifying:
Progressive Sanctification With a Defined Goal (Al Martin)
The Will of God: Your Sanctification (Paul Washer – not sure if he holds to the 1689, but conservative evangelical)
Progressive Sanctification (Voddie Baucham)
Progressive Sanctification (Arden Hodgins)
And what does the Baptist Confession say about progressive sanctification?
This sanctification is throughout, in the whole man, yet imperfect in this life; there abideth still some remnants of corruption in every part, whence ariseth a continual and irreconcilable war; the flesh lusting against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh. In which war, although the remaining corruption for a time may much prevail, yet, through the continual supply of strength from the sanctifying Spirit of Christ, the regenerate part doth overcome; and so the saints grow in grace, perfecting holiness in the fear of God, pressing after an heavenly life, in evangelical obedience to all the commands which Christ, as Head and King, in his Word hath prescribed to them. (2nd LBCF 13.2-3)
After all my research on sanctification, this song kept running through my head:
Apparently my sanctification needs further progression.
As far as blog updates, “Women Behind the 1689” is not completely done yet, as a few are still hiding in the obscure pages of Baptist history. However, it is starting to slow down. Pastor’s wives in the late 1600s were apparently not writing books nor appearing at conferences for women. They worked in their own sphere of home and spoke to the local women with whom they came into contact. In our own technology driven age, how many of us are seeking to know and love the women in our locale? The online world can be a blessing, but the normal life around us should be our primary focus.
But we urge you, brethren, to excel still more, and to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you; so that you may behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need (I Thessalonians 4:11-12)