Skip to comments.Merging Activism and Quietism (Protestant/Evangelical Devotional)
Posted on 04/23/2018 5:19:06 AM PDT by Gamecock
The two great heresies that have plagued the church on the issue of sanctification for centuries are the heresies of activism and quietism. The twin distortions are guilty of eliminating one or the other pole of the paradox. In activism, Gods working is swallowed up by human self-righteousness. In quietism, the human struggle is swallowed up by an automatic divine process.
Activism is the creed of the self-righteous person. He has no need of divine assistance to achieve perfection. Grace is held in contempt, a remedy needed only by weak people. The activist can lift himself up by his own bootstraps. His confidence is in himself and his moral ability. Perhaps the most arrogant statement a person can make is this: I dont need Christ.
The quietist insults the Holy Spirit by insisting that God is totally responsible for his progress or lack of it. If the quietist still sins, the unspoken assumption is that God has been lacking in His work. The creed of the quietist is, Let go and let God. No struggle is necessary; no resistance to temptation is required. Sanctification is Gods job, from beginning to end.
God calls us to the pursuit of holiness. The pursuit is to be undertaken with strength and resolution. We are to resist unto blood, to wrestle with powers, to pummel our bodies, rejoicing in the certainty that the Holy Spirit is within us helping, disposing, convicting, and encouraging.
Coram Deo Are you an activist, rejecting Gods assistanceor a quietist, insisting that He is totally responsible for your spiritual progress or lack of it?
Passages for Further Study
Ephesians 3:20 Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Hebrews 13:20 Now may the God of peace who brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great shepherd of the sheep, by the blood of the eternal covenant, 21 equip you with everything good that you may do his will, working in us that which is pleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory forever and ever. Amen.
Galatians 6:4 But let each one test his own work, and then his reason to boast will be in himself alone and not in his neighbor.
We’ve had some (and probably still do) quietists on Fr as well.
Thanks for this. RC Sproul is my favorite. Got many of his videos, and a backlog of Tabletalks.
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