Many congregations smartly dodge a dialogue of sanctification as the topic. While, it may not sensible or even fair, it is diplomatically clever. The meaning or need for sanctification is commonly not the problem, but the leaders may not be clear on its process. Some pastors find it challenging to explain the interface where the Holy Spirit interacts with the young Christian. In the category of young Christians, meaning recent converts are many young adults who are starting to define their involvement in the Christian faith got from their parents. These minds technically pruned pose smart analytical challenges to faith-based claims. Explaining concepts such as sanctification that requires connections of a non-physical Holy Spirit component with whose modus operandi is outside of human calculation is especially difficult, if one plans not to further alienate the young Christians. In fact, debate exists within the Christian faith regarding the process of sanctification. The involvement of the ever-ethereal Holy Ghost baffles the logical calculations of the scientific mindset making some Christians to claim that the Holy Spirit is irrelevant to modern lifestyle. The result is a proliferation of theories trying to explain the phenomenon of sanctification.
Sanctification is being apart by God for holiness. Among the proposed theories is automatic sanctification included in a salvation package that comes with repentance, transformation, and justification of sins. In other words, the grace that washes away one’s old sins instantly empower the new convert for a life of ‘sin no more’. While, this is an appropriate probability, it is important that the Christian recognize the event for what is, if possible as clearly as Apostle Paul remembers the face-off with Jesus. Such encounters make it difficult for one to deny the truth of God, and a preference for holiness. Even then, it can be dangerous to assume that the unique encounter of sanctification occurs globally for Christians at the transformation event.
We remember that Jesus prayed for his disciples to receive sanctification. He confirmed that the early disciples enjoyed the protection of his own sanctification, but now that he will be leaving them to propagate the gospel, it becomes important for them to receive sanctification so that they will succeed. Definitely, these were born-again followers because he called them one by one, and they willingly chose to follow him. Yet, Jesus confirmed that sanctification is a necessary tool for their new life. Therefore, salvation does not automatically confer sanctification.