Justification and Sanctification

Evangelicals cherish the doctrine of justification by faith alone, that believers are declared “not guilty” before God based on the righteousness and merits of Christ. Yet when it comes to our sanctification – the process of our moral condition being brought into conformity with our legal standing – we are quick to abandon the gospel and instead preach a salvation by works. Essentially, many believe that though we were saved by faith in Christ’s work on the cross, we are sanctified by our own intense effort to stop sinning and do what’s right. In this sermon, Pastor Leandre explains the tension between these two theological concepts and looks at a passage from Ezekiel to illustrate the beautiful relationship between them.