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Entire Sanctification

by Adam Clarke

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“To be filled with God is a great thing, to be filled with the fullness of God is still greater; to be filled with all the fullness of God is greatest of all,” Clarke writes in this brief essay. In it, he defends John Wesley’s teaching of “Christian perfection,” the belief that living free of voluntary sin is possible through a second work of God’s grace. In other words, Christians can and ought to live completely holy, sinless lives following conversion. This idea became hugely influential in the development of Methodism especially, and worked to begin what became known as the “holiness movement.” While some Christians criticize Clarke and Wesley’s view for reinforcing a “saved by works” mentality, others embrace it as a call to faithfulness.

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Adam Clarke
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Born: 1762
Died: 1832
Related topics: Bible, Clarke, Adam,--ca. 1762-1832, Commentaries, Faith, Jews--Antiquities
Basic information: Adam Clarke (1760 or 1762–1832) was a British Methodist theologian and Biblical scholar. He was born in the townland of Moybeg Kirley near Tobermore in Ireland.
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