The Naked Gospel
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Also James, you bring up, "what about the process of sanctification?" Well, you are assuming that the ''''process of sanctification'''' is solid unchanging theology, and judging what Farley is saying against that centuries held belief. But what Farley is saying is that if we understand the NT more correctly, then we will see that there is, in fact, no ''''process of sanctification'''' at all. So its a matter of which is more correct? Does it make logical sense, in light of what Farley says, to still hold to a ''''process of sanctification?'''' I agree with Farley that it does not make sense. That aspect of centuries old theology needs a massive overhaul, as does a lot of other theology. And thank God it''s coming.
And also Mark, the NT is clear that we actually are judged by no other standard than that we have faith, and in this regard, we are ''saved'' exactly as Abraham was. This was always God''s economy, in the OT as it is in the NT. That we embrace God''s plan for salvation. For Abe, it was the coming promise. For us, it''s that the promise has been fullfilled. Abe trusted God that it will be fullfilled, we trust God that it has been fullfilled. Same economy.
Mark, Farley never states that the law is abolished, be it ceremonially or morally. He is clear that the law still stands to bring people to Christ. All he is saying is that once people ARE brought to Christ, then the law is no longer used--it has no role, be it ceremonially or morally--in our Christian lives. Romans 7 is Paul''s struggle under the law, not under Christ. Paul lived totally identified with Christ--the very life of Christ lived in him and through him!! (Galatians 2:20). So if it is Christ living in and through him, as it should be with us (Galatians chapter 3), then what need is there any longer for a moral code, or law?? We have CHRIST! We have God himself! Are we really going to say that God (living in the spirit) is not sufficient for everything? May it never be.