Protestant purgatory?

How do people who are imperfectly sanctified at the time of their death enter into heaven?

For what it is worth, there are some indications in John Wesley’s writings that he might agree with the views expressed in this video.


3 thoughts on “Protestant purgatory?

  1. The main Protestant view I’ve heard before was that God finishes it in a stroke of omnipotence at the moment of our death. This was how he dealt with everyone, according to opponents of Christian perfection like B.B. Warfield, and Methodists usually agreed that that was what happened to the non-entirely sanctified, at least. The Protestant view on purgatory has usually been that this life is the only probationary period there is, and not an after-life purgatory–just a present-life one.

  2. I guess I’d have to read the book, but a similar theory was floated by a guest lecturer in my seminary Christology class. The lecturer wanted to be a universalist, but then took a tour of a Nazi concentration camp and discovered a deep seeded need for God’s justice. However, he also couldn’t reconcile any human act as being worthy of eternal divine punishment. Thus, he settled on a belief in purgatory. (I’m not doing justice to his argument here, merely summing it up.)

    However, that thought doesn’t address this video and this video leaves me with a lot of questions on this theology. Since Dr. Walls invoked Jack Handy, I’m going to appeal to the Wendy’s marketing department, at least in paraphrase: “Where’s the grace?” For that matter, where are the mercy and love of God? If God has a “get sanctified” method set aside for us, what is the purpose of Christ’s sacrifice? Would this mean that Christ justified us through Good Friday and Easter, but that work was not sufficient to get us the whole way home?

    There’s a lot here that, despite Dr. Walls assurances of consistency, still strike me as inconsistent with the grace of Christ as I understand it. Maybe I’m just a fourth option thinker.

    1. Arminianism has always — as I understand it — had space between justification and sanctification. We work out our sanctification in cooperation with grace. Wesley most often spoke of moment of death or instant blessing in this life, but he did not totally reject sanctification by degrees and left a couple things that suggest he might have been open to ripening in grace post-mortem.

      Walls is no Universalist. His doctrine is not an attempt to avoid hell.

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