Christians generally recognize the need to live a holy, or sanctified, life. But they differ on what sanctification is and how it is achieved.
How does one achieve sanctification in this life? How much success in sanctification is possible? Is a crisis experience following one's conversion normal--or necessary? If so, what kind of experience, and how is it verified?
Five Views on Sanctification--part of the Counterpoints series--brings together in one easy-to-understand volume five major Protestant views on sanctification:
- Wesleyan View – represented by Melvin E. Dieter
- Reformed View – represented by Anthony A. Hoekema
- Pentecostal View – represented by Stanley M. Horton
- Keswick View – represented by J. Robertson McQuilkin
- Augustinian-Dispensationalism View – represented by John F. Walvoord
Writing from a solid evangelical stance, each author describes and defends his own understanding of the doctrine sanctification and then responds to the views of the other authors.
The Counterpoints series presents a comparison and critique of scholarly views on topics important to Christians that are both fair-minded and respectful of the biblical text. Each volume is a one-stop reference that allows readers to evaluate the different positions on a specific issue and form their own, educated opinion.
About the AuthorsMelvin E. Dieter is the former provost of Asbury Theological Seminary. Anthony A. Hoekema was late professor emeritus of systematic theology at Calvin Theological Seminary.
Stanley M. Horton is professor emeritus of Bible and theology at the Assemblies of God Theological Seminary. He has a degree from the University of California, master degrees in theology from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary and Harvard University, and a doctorate in theology from Central Baptist Theological Seminary. He chaired the Bible department at Central Bible College for thirty years.
J. Robertson McQuilkin is the former president of Columbia Graduate School of Bible and Missions. John F. Walvoord was president of Dallas Theological Seminary and author of numerous books on eschatology and theology. He held the A.M. degree from Texas Christian University in philosophy and the ThD degree from Dallas Theological Seminary in Systematic Theology.