This blog gains its name from the book Steele's Answers published in 1912. It began as an effort to blog through that book, posting each of the Questions and Answers in the book in the order in which they appeared. I started this on Dec. 10, 2011. I completed blogging from that book on July 11, 2015. Along the way, I began to also post snippets from Dr. Steele's other writings — and from some other holiness writers of his times. Since then, I have begun adding material from his Bible commentaries. I also re-blog many of the old posts.

Friday, February 1, 2013

Progressive and Instantaneous

QUESTION: How do you harmonize Wesley's doctrine of progressive sanctification and instantaneous cleansing?

ANSWER: On the principle implied in Christ's words, "Be it done unto you according to your faith." A Christian may have faith to conquer some evil habits while he is not conscious that he is wholly sanctified, because he does not have faith to claim this complete heritage of the Christian. This is the condition of many persevering Christians. They aspire after complete purity, but do not grasp it by an all-surrendering, mighty faith, till in some extremity of need, or of life itself.

QUESTION: What is the teaching of the National Holiness Association on this subject?

ANSWER: While their teaching is Wesleyan, that holiness is progressive, beginning with regeneration, entire sanctification is a decisive and instantaneous act of the Holy Spirit.

— from Steele's Answers pp. 39, 40. 

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