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Sanctification, Perfection, And Apostasy

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This chapter begins by investigating Jacobus Arminius’s general doctrine of sanctification, and then proceeds to a more detailed examination of his opinions concerning the possibility of Christian perfection and the possibility of apostasy. It engages in a comparative analysis between Arminius and his colleagues in the Staten College by means of the public disputations that were essential to the debate, albeit little known today. This comparison provides additional context for understanding Arminius, the debate over assurance, and the Leiden theology. The importance of sanctification for this study of assurance is evident because assurance is a question specifically for participants in the Christian life of sanctification. All the Leiden theologians agreed that good works are a necessary part of sanctification, though not a condition of justification. Thus, Arminius and his colleagues agreed that justification is not dependent on sanctification.

Keywords: apostasy; assurance; Christian perfection; Jacobus Arminius; Leiden theology; sanctification; Staten College



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