9.29.2015

WHAT ABOUT THE LEAST HOLY?

In light of the current debates surrounding the doctrine of sanctification, we should be careful to stay close to the language of our confessions. With that in mind, Heidelberg Catechism, Lord's Day 114 asks the following:

 114. Q.

But can those converted to God
keep these commandments perfectly?

A.

No.
In this life even the holiest
have only a small beginning
of this obedience. 

Nevertheless, with earnest purpose
they do begin to live
not only according to some
but to all the commandments of God.

I have a few questions: If the "holiest" have only a "small beginning" of this new obedience, what are we to say about least holy in this life? Are they in danger with less than a small beginning of holiness?  How can the least holy who lack even a small beginning of holiness find any comfort?

3 comments:

  1. We find our comfort in the Gospel, NOT in our law keeping! Thank God!

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  2. No regenerate person lacks a beginning of holiness. Point them to the WCF which has a fulsome, comforting description of the ongoing renovation of the whole man in holiness, "without which no one shall see the Lord."

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