Kevin Watson has a post about the history of entire sanctification as a Methodist doctrine. He includes a story about having asked his students about it:
Yesterday, I asked the students in my United Methodist History class if any of them had ever heard a sermon preached on entire sanctification or christian perfection. Not one of the nineteen students present had.
Had I been in his class, I’d have to say I have not either – at least none that I remember. But I’ve not heard many doctrine sermons, for which I am grateful.
Just curious though. Has anyone out there every heard or preached a sermon on entire sanctification?
Watson thinks you should.
United Methodists should not become familiar with this teaching only if they go to seminary. It should be preached in every Methodist pulpit, as the result of every UM pastor’s wrestling with what Wesley did and did not mean by “perfection,” and their efforts to present this to their parishioners in a way that they can understand.