Ignorance is bliss

Posted: March 28, 2012 in christian living, Jesus
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Regarding the doctrine of Christian perfection or entire sanctification –

There is a man in a dirty warehouse with a little lamp. He makes sure that the little area that his lamp illuminates is spotless. He now believes his warehouse is perfectly clean. The only reason he believes this is because he does not have much light to judge by. If you shined a spotlight in the place his perception would be shattered, the warehouse is much larger than he ever imagined with all sorts of unsightly things hiding in the shadows.

There is another man, with a burning bright lamp in his warehouse. He has been working diligently to clean it from corner to corner. He loves the owner of the warehouse and works with a good attitude. He knows there is work to do still despite what has already been accomplished. He notices a few cobwebs he needs to get to and is sure there are still others he hasn’t seen yet. Though he is satisfied with the progress made, he is humbled by what remains to be done.

One day the first man comes over and visits the second’s warehouse. He gasps – “your warehouse is not clean, you must be neglecting your duties”. All the time the first mans warehouse is in much worse condition. It is a silly proposition but this is often the story of a believer who claims sinless perfection or entire sanctification. They have little light from the Lord (probably because of pride) and so they have little they are aware of. They may claim to be entirely sanctified but… completely ignorant would often be a more accurate description. Of course the normal NT Christian life is one of walking in the spirit, victory over known willful sin, in love for Jesus. Even for those walking in that state it would be wise to say with David “Who can understand his errors? cleanse thou me from secret faults” rather than to say like a pharisee “I am entirely sanctified”.

These scriptures come to mind –

Matthew 7:3 Why do you see the speck that is in your brother’s eye, but do not notice the log that is in your own eye? Or how can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when there is the log in your own eye?

1Corinthians 4:3 But with me it is a very small thing that I should be judged by you or by any human court. In fact, I do not even judge myself. For I am not aware of anything against myself, but I am not thereby acquitted. It is the Lord who judges me. Therefore do not pronounce judgment before the time, before the Lord comes, who will bring to light the things now hidden in darkness and will disclose the purposes of the heart. Then each one will receive his commendation from God.

Of course there are righteous judgments to be made but it is so easy to make unrighteous judgments too. The difference between a righteous and unrighteous judgment can often be found in the humility and brokenness of the one making it. Just something the Lord has been convicting me of. Thous I never claimed perfection I once though it more or less. More in another post.

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Comments
  1. fleebabylon says:

    I remember hearing a brother once tell a story about the old saint that just feels like he is the vilest man because he has been neglecting to pray for the president like scripture says to.

    Now next to him is a young saint that has so much that the Lord is going to show him but he is to weak to bare it. It would crush him if the Lord showed him everything at once. So the young saint doesn’t have any knowledge of sin in his life so he may claim to be holier than the older, more sanctified than the older, etc. That only adds to areas in his life that need to be sanctified. If he doesn’t watch it his own judgments will destroy him.

  2. ian vincent says:

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    “He now believes his warehouse is perfectly clean. The only reason he believes this is because he does not have much light to judge by. If you shined a spotlight in the place his perception would be shattered”
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    Excellent teaching, bro.

    If anyone glories in themselves, and claims to have reached a certain level of sinlessness or sanctification, then that’s only cos they have little light, as your illustration so well shows.

    No one has any Scriptural justification to claim anything concerning their sanctification or maturity. What would be the point? How futile.

    Why can’t they wait for The Day when the LORD will bring every hidden thing out and judge the secrets of mens hearts?

    Why do they want glory for themselves now? Why do they want to glorify themselves? Why can’t they wait for the LORD to commend them, instead of commending themselves?

    And anyway, they could sin anytime (we all are only one step away from sin at anytime) and then what do they do? Do they have to start all over again at the beginning? And then, how long does it take them to climb back up to “sinless perfection”?

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  4. Jesus Wins says:

    They’ve forgotten the Word that says ‘Let him that glories, glory in the Lord’ and ‘…without Me, you can do nothing’.
    Excellent post. It’s a reminder that we need more often.

  5. Carolyn says:

    If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. 1John 1:8-10

    • fleebabylon says:

      For sure Carolyn, thanks for stopping by. The other half of the story is found later in 1 John to draw the line on the left and right sides of the highway of holiness for us.

      1Jn 3:5 You know that he appeared to take away sins, and in him there is no sin. No one who abides in him keeps on sinning; no one who keeps on sinning has either seen him or known him. Little children, let no one deceive you. Whoever practices righteousness is righteous, as he is righteous. Whoever makes a practice of sinning is of the devil, for the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the works of the devil. No one born of God makes a practice of sinning, for God’s seed abides in him, and he cannot keep on sinning because he has been born of God. By this it is evident who are the children of God, and who are the children of the devil: whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is the one who does not love his brother.

      God bless you in Christ Jesus -Jim

      • ian vincent says:

        RE “The other half of the story is found later in 1 John to draw the line on the left and right sides of the highway of holiness for us.”
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        You mean that the way to life is narrow, and few there be that find it? : )

        Some people make “the way” narrower, and some make it wider, than it actually is. eh.

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