Faith Sanctifies; Churchgoing Doesn’t

To be sanctified is to be set apart, to be made holy.  Jesus said that we would be sanctified by faith in Him.  That is, what distinguishes us from our old selves is faith in Him – trusting in His being.  There are those who would alter the gospel and say that sanctification is achieved by church membership.  Oh, they may not use those precise words.  They may use terms like “fellowship with other believers” or “submission to the brethren,” or “faithfulness to His body the church” but they all amount to the same thing.  None of these things sanctify you, but people act like they do.  Clergy scour the world looking for people who don’t go to church so they can get them to go to church (I used to be one of those pastors). 

They believe that if everyone went to church, that the world would be a better place – but it wouldn’t.  Morality is no better among church members than among society at large.  This is because church attendance does not sanctify; only faith sanctifies.

If you would walk with God, if you would be continually cleansed by His forgiveness, then walk by faith.  Faith in Him.  He is alive.  He is present.  Stop acting like He only opens His eyes when you call on Him.  He sees and hears everything.  He knows the secrets sins of your heart.  If you don’t remove these sins then your faith is defiled and you cannot please Him.

Bible notes on this post.

The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join something.

3 Replies to “Faith Sanctifies; Churchgoing Doesn’t”

  1. This is whole post seems like a false dichotomy. You’re right, church membership barely considered is not a means of sanctification. But the ministry of the church, which is to preach the Word, administer the sacraments, and exercise discipline, is a means of sanctification when received by faith. In that sense, church membership (which places one under the derived authority of the church) is a sanctifying thing.

    1. The activities of church that you mention were appropriate in New Testament times when the Lord’s apostles were building His church in preparation for the coming of the kingdom of God. That kingdom came at the end of the New Testament age. The kingdom of God is greater than the church in the same way that the church was greater than the temple.

      That the church is no longer God’s vehicle of salvation should be apparent. There was one church in New Testament times; the apostles would not allow divisions as long as they were living. Today there are over 30,000 different Christian denominations, and that doesn’t even count the nondenominational churches. Jesus said a kingdom divided cannot stand. If Jesus were the head of the church, there would only be one of them. As for the kingdom of God, there is indeed only one – and Jesus is its king.

      We who live in the kingdom of God should look to the Lord Himself as our pastor – not to fellow human beings. It is faith Him that sanctifies us.

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