This warped doctrine teaches that there is a class of Christians who achieve moral perfection in this life, that is, total victory over sin. Certain Grace? Believers have taken it and modified it though, but a a fish by any other name still smells fishy.
There is elitism in perfectionism because smugness and pride have a way of creeping in, and in effect it corrupts the mind instead of renewing it. Imagine how deluded a person must be to imagine that they’ve actually reached a state of sinlessness.
What is the mindset of those who propagate and adhere to this canker?
- Gross over-estimation of one’s own moral performance, and
- Under-estimation of God’s grace and/or how He operates in this current dispensation.
Perfectionism seeks to distance itself from (this big word) : antinomianism, which means the opposite of perfection, a good example of antinomianism is when someone is newly saved and they believe or are under the impression that saved people can behave like heathens, the Corinthians are a good example, but this is not antinomianism per se, antinomianism is when this attitude/belief is a permanent “fixture” in a saved person’s life, and believe me, the majority are antinomianists.
The irony of perfectionism is that it inevitably comes full circle to antinominism, why? because these people annul God’s grace by seeking their own (sinless) perfection. They reduce God’s grace/righteousness to the level of their own performance, and in the process of doing so, they lie not only to themselves but to others as well.
The true mark of the ongoing sanctification (of our earthly bodies) while we’re on this planet is to study the word of truth rightly divided, absorb it, then act upon it. This is part of God’s plan for our lives as saved people, to come unto the knowledge of the truth as per 1 Timothy 2:4. In layman’s terms it can be called building the innerman to take charge over the outerman, to dominate the outerman. He (the innerman) won’t always succeed over the outerman, but as he grows stronger with study, which takes time (longer than 100 hours (wink)), he will eventually dominate, another term for it is MATURING SPIRITUALLY. Example: by studying, we will know we must crucify the flesh and turn away from temptation, so this would inevitably be heeding one’s conscience and thinking before doing something you do not feel comfortable with, that you know is wrong. The question one needs to ask oneself is: does it glorify God? Does propagating and believing heresy glorify God? Does associating with certain people glorify God? Whereas antinomianists will think and say : I’m saved anyway, it doesn’t matter what I say or do.
Those who think they’ve reached perfectionism are in reality far from being perfect. They are basically perfect by their own standards, in their own eyes. Perfect people do not deny the gospel for one and perfect people do not transgress dispensational boundaries to work out their inheritance as saved members of the body of Christ by using Israel’s inheritance as a basis, i.e., the firstborn son and applying same doctrine to the body of Christ – that is not rightly dividing the word of truth.
The Apostle Paul clearly states in 2 Timothy 2:15 that to be approved unto God, one needs to rightly divide the word of truth, to study in order to obtain the goal of rightly dividing the word of truth, which further tells me that a person can be saved and not be approved unto God. Saved and approved aren’t the same things. The end result of being approved is a reward or rewards (in heaven), and the end result of not being approved is having one’s bad works (during one’s tenure on this earth) burnt up at the Judgment Seat of Christ and receiving no reward, which would include failure to rightly divide the word of truth.
Perfectionists so-called do not understand that one does not deny the Judgment Seat of Christ. It’s there in 1 Corinthians 3, and it was specifically made known to the Corinthians because they behaved like heathens because they were still on spiritual milk, meaning they were babes in Christ, still carnal, i.e., in the flesh. In other words the flesh dominated the innerman, yet Paul called them Saints, said they were sanctified (in the spirit) as part of their salvation, also justified (declared holy/righteous) (1 Corinthians 6:11).
Perfectionism isn’t posting scripture on Facebook and stating you have now arrived or making out as if you have arrived. Perfectionism doesn’t exist on this planet in any form or shape or size. Spiritual maturity is being realistic, humble in your intentions (e.g., not wishing grace and peace sarcastically and using it as ammo against those you argue with or those you disdain). That never worked for me. I prefer being honest. “Grace and peace!!” and off they trot in a huff. If that’s your version of grace and peace, well thanks, but really, no thanks!
Stilted conversations and make pretend were and still aren’t my ball game. I’m down-to-earth – I don’t do elitism period. I’m a nobody who became a somebody purely because of faith in the Lord Jesus Christ’s finished work on Calvary’s cross and His resurrection. I am not a somebody due to my own doing, and hence I am eternally grateful to Him for His grace because I could have been a nobody with a false perception of being a somebody.
I kinda became allergic to the pretentious grace and peace brigade on Pentecostal forums, who play the “perfection” card really well. “Answer my question with either a “yes” or a “no” – self-elected lawyers who win an argument by being totally underhanded – so much for grace and peace. Then you get a repeat performance of it on Fakebook and Grace forums and Groups.
There are more answers to questions than either “yes” or “no” – there’s also “maybe”, there’s “yes, but”, there’s “no, but”, there’s “I think so”, and there’s “I’m not sure”.
There’s our salvation, and then there’s our service – our reasonable service:
Reasonable : appropriate, fair, moderate, which is the opposite of going overboard with so-called perfectionism, two salvations, two blessings and condemning the body of Christ in the process.
Your body needs to be a living sacrifice – in other words : no fornication (which means no sex before marriage; sleeping around; or it being used for any immoral purposes), parading around with hardly any clothing on – but I guess that doesn’t count in their eyes because you cannot tell them anything, why? because they’re already perfect. After all, perfect people cannot be judged…..
How many of the so-called perfectionists out there can say their bodies are a living sacrifice to God during their tenure on this earth?