Holiness History 1 - Conservative Holiness movement

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Did Wesley originate Entire Sanctification?
Who are we?
Where did the doctrine of Entire Sanctification begin?
Was Entire Sanctification taught in the early church?
Where did we come from?
What happened to the doctrine in the Middle Ages?
Where did the CHM come from?
Why are there so many CHM denominations?
Where are we headed?
Why are there so many independent CHM churches?
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Lessons from History
We can:
 Relive History
 Revise History
 React to History
 Research History
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Lessons from History
We are not alone in serving God
 Why don't all Christians accept Holiness?
A. They do. Holiness is God-likeness.
 Why don't all Christians accept ES?
A. Concurrence.
We are not alone in problems
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The Scriptural Basis
Holiness begins in creation
Holiness is lost in Eden
Holiness is described in the Law
Holiness is restored in Christ
Holiness is experienced in Acts 2
Holiness is explained in Romans 6
Holiness is exhorted in Romans 12
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The Early Church
The Church Fathers
The Second Generation
• Clement of Rome
• Ignatius
• Iraenius
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The Early Church
Their roots
 Jewish—ritualism
 Pagan—ritualism
Christianity became ritualistic
 Baptismal regeneration
 The Church dispensed grace
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The Divide: Augustine
• No carnal nature
• We save ourselves, with God's help
• Holiness is a matter of the will only
• Total depravity
• Salvation is unconditional
• Holiness is positional
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Middle Ages
 Church's act of consecration
 Individual's act of separation
 Sought direct encounter with God
 Sought a higher spiritual experience
 Had no Bible
 Had no biblical teaching
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Middle Ages
Symeon the New Theologian (c. AD 1000)
Do not say that it is impossible to receive the Spirit of
God. Do not say that it is possible to be made whole
without Him. Do not say that one can possess Him
without knowing it. Do not say that God does not
manifest Himself to man. Do not say that men cannot
perceive the divine light, or that it is impossible in this
age! Never is it found to be impossible, my friends. On
the contrary, it is entirely possible when one desires it.
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John Huss
 Led reformation 100 years before Luther
 Excommunicated and burned (1415)
 Followers: Moravian Brethren
 1722: Herrnhut (Count Zinzendorf)
 1727: Herrnhut was divided
 Aug. 13: Visitation of the HS
 "Learned to love one another"
 Center of Christian revival and missions
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Martin Luther
 Augustinian Monk
 Justification by Faith
 Sola Scriptura
 Followed Augustine's doctrine of holiness
 Followed Luther's doctrine of holiness
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Theodore Beza
 Calvin's star pupil
 Took over for Calvin
 "HyperCalvinistic"
Jacob Arminius
 Beza's student
 Sent to refute Koornhert
 Became convinced of his views
 Became spokesman/leader
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 After Arminius' death (1609)
 5 remonstrances (points of disagreement)
 Outlawed at Synod of Dort (1618)
 Remonstrants expected theo. debate
 Synod was heresy trial
 Every voting member was Calvinistic
 Persecuted until 1625
 Granted full religious freedom in 1630
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