Prof Johan Malan – A Gospel of Works – Second Work of Grace (Part 5)
Prof Malan says:
“7. The foolishness of a carnal lifestyle
Many Christians act foolishly by neglecting to seek after the second work of grace of being filled with the Holy Spirit. Consequently, they are still dominated by the flesh (their old nature) and therefore do not lead Spirit-filled lives which are under the full control of the Holy Spirit. Paul said to the carnal Corinthians: “And I, brethren, could not speak to you as to spiritual people but as to carnal, as to babes in Christ. I fed you with milk and not with solid food; for until now you were not able to receive it, and even now you are still not able; for you are still carnal. For where there are envy, strife, and divisions among you, are you not carnal and behaving like mere men?” (1 Cor. 3:1-3)….
The foolish virgins of Matthew 25:1-13 tried to practise religion without the enabling power of the Holy Spirit. In this parable the oil refers to the Holy Spirit. These five virgins did not take extra oil in their vessels with them, so their lamps went out at midnight. Christians who neglect to be filled with the Holy Spirit will find that they are not spiritually prepared and ready for the second coming of Christ. Something still lacks in their lives and that is holiness without which no one will see the Lord Jesus as Bridegroom (Heb. 12:14; 2 Cor. 7:1). How foolish to be negligent in fulfilling this important need!”
In another article Prof Johan Malan – A Gospel of Works – The Error of Partial Rapture (Part 4) I mention that Prof Malan believes in a Partial Rapture, in other words only the very holy get to go with Jesus and the not so holy remain behind. I noted the following from Wikipedia:
The holiness movement refers to a set of beliefs and practices emerging from 19th-century Methodism, and to a number of evangelical Christian denominations who emphasize those beliefs as a central doctrine. The movement is distinguished by its emphasis on John Wesley’s “Christian perfection” teaching-the belief that it is possible to live free of voluntary sin, and particularly by the belief that this may be accomplished instantaneously through a second work of grace. [ Emphasis added] —http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Holiness_movement
What is this second work of grace you ask?
[Emphasis added] According to some Christian traditions, a second work of grace is a transforming interaction with God which may occur in the life of a Christian. The defining characteristics of this event are that it is separate from and subsequent to salvation (the first work of grace), and that it brings about significant changes in the life of the believer.
John Wesley, the founder of the Methodist movement, taught that there were two distinct phases in the Christian experience. During the first phase, conversion, the believer received forgiveness and became a Christian. During the second phase, sanctification, the believer was purified and made holy. Wesley taught both that sanctification could be an instantaneous experience, and that it could be a gradual process.
After Wesley’s death, mainstream Methodism emphasized sanctification as a gradual experience, and over time it became less prominent in Methodist teaching. The Holiness Movement emerged in the 1860s in the USA with the desire to re-emphasize Wesley’s sanctification doctrine. Holiness preachers taught that sanctification was an instantaneous experience.
Later, the Pentecostal Movement emerged from the Holiness Movement, teaching that the believer could, in addition to becoming sanctified, receive power from God and the Gifts of the Holy Spirit. In early Pentecostal thought this was sometimes considered to be a third work of grace but over time it has come to be perceived as the major component of the second experience.
The Holiness Movement
In the Holiness movement, the second work of grace is considered to be a cleansing from the tendency to commit sin, an experience called entire sanctification which leads to Christian perfection.
Pentecost was born out of the Holiness Movement. Charles Fox Parham and William Seymour were both Holiness Ministers and used by God to restore Pentecost to the Church.
This is not true, there are not two distinct phases of the Christian faith. When you are genuinely born again at that moment the Holy Spirit comes to abide in you and the work of the Holy Spirit begins in your life; sanctification begins – it is not something you need to seek. The word sanctification means to be ‘set apart’ or be ‘separate’. God is setting you apart from the world for His divine purpose. The moment you are saved in Jesus Christ you are immediately sanctified and you begin to conform to be like Christ. “For by one offering He has perfected forever those who are being sanctified.” (Hebrews 10:14)
Sanctification is however different than salvation (justification). Justification is another word for sanctification. When you are born again because you believed in Jesus Christ who gave His life on the cross for you as a sacrifice for your sins and you sincerely asked forgiveness of your sins, the blood of Jesus then immediately washes way your sins and you are forgiven. You can’t earn salvation, it is a gift from of God. At the moment you were converted, the moment you became a new creature in Jesus Christ, sanctification began, because this was when the Holy Spirit came to abide in you. We no longer belong to the world, we are separate, saved by grace and the Holy Spirit seals you until the day of redemption.
Sanctification is an ongoing process, it does not stop after you get saved because people are sinners and they will sin. “And he said to them all, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross daily, and follow me.” (Luke 9:23) We give our whole life over to God, total surrender. (Romans 12:1,2; Matthew 6:33; Luke 14:25-33; 2 Corinthians 5:14,15.) Even though we are God’s children we still sin, and this is were the work of the Holy Spirit in our lives comes in. When we sin, the Holy Spirit chastises us and He brings us before Jesus that we ask for forgiveness for our sins and go and sin no more. We also ask Jesus to help us to overcome areas of sin in our lives that we are struggling with and with His power He will help us. Repentance is part and parcel of obeying God’s commandments.
As Christians there is a battle waging on between our old nature and our new nature, and in the beginning as a baby Christian the battle we wage is a hefty one but as time goes by with the Holy Spirit leading the battle we overcome and grow in holiness. Paul said regarding the inner struggle “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would..” (Galatians 5:17) Our flesh is weak but we desire to please God, but it is a constant struggle.
So what is sanctification really? Sanctification is the process where God brings about change, i.e. holiness in the life of a Christian through the workings of the Holy Spirit. All Christians will be at different stages in their life dealing with different matters and God deals with each Christians differently. But one thing is for sure, sanctification is not something that is to be sought after, an experience, it is not a so called second work of grace. This is false teaching. Seeking after sanctification or looking for to be ‘filled with the Holy Spirit’ as mentioned above forms part of the charismatic ‘seeker sensitive’ movement where they expect a ‘sign’ of sort in their life to know if they are saved or not.
[Tom’s note: Second work of grace? What utter nonsense. If carnality was the result of the negligence of a second work of grace, Jesus would never have commanded us to deny ourselves, take up our cross and follow Him. And this, as you know, is a daily on-going process until the day we die or when Jesus returns at the Rapture. Malan assumes that carnality can be totally overcome by a second blessing so that the saint may be completely free from any vestiges of carnality. The irony is that he is actually promoting carnality by suggesting that saints should seek after a second work of grace. Most Christians who seek after a second work of grace (or second blessing) are easily deceived. Why? Because the devil counterfeits what they deem to be a second blessing. I call it a “religious demon” (“godsdiens gees”). It is a false holiness perpetrated by a false humility. It is dangerous, to say the least.
Our duty is not to seek after or covet a second work of grace but to deny ourselves, take up our cross daily and follow Him. Paul says that we have already been baptized into his death ONCE. Therefore, it is a fait accompli. IT IS FINISHED. What we need to do is to reckon that we are dead to our carnal nature and to live in newness of life through Jesus Christ. How on earth can we be baptized into his death again to gain a second work of grace? Malan is denying the efficacy of Christ’s very first work of grace when we were saved.
Malan says: “Something still lacks in their lives and that is holiness without which no one will see the Lord Jesus as Bridegroom (Heb. 12:14; 2 Cor. 7:1).” What he actually means is that carnal Christians are not going to be raptured. If they remain behind then the following is a mockery “If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 1 Corinthians 3:14-16.” The works that are going to be burned are works done in and through the flesh.]
Here again Prof Malan speaks about a partial rapture and that only the really holy who have acquired holiness through a second work of grace will make it into being raptured. Please see this article that explains Prof Malan’s belief in the false teaching of a partial rapture and proper explanation for the parable of the Ten Virgins: