God’s Remedy for Sin

by | Oct 1, 2009

For God has not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness. (I Thess. 4:7)

Holiness is the standard of God’s Word for everybody. It seems to me that when holiness is properly understood, everybody in the universe would want it. Regeneration and entire sanctification are the two crises by which He deals with the sin problem in us. He takes us out of sin in regeneration, and in entire sanctification He takes the nature of sin out of us.

This brings a positive condition in which the heart is filled with the perfect love of God, and thus we are enabled to love God with all of our heart, soul, mind, and strength, and our neighbor as ourself. Holiness is to the soul what health is to the body.

The first step to the experience of entire sanctification is to see and acknowledge the desirability of it. After I was converted I felt an uprising in my heart. I said, “There is something wrong with my experience, and I haven’t backslidden.” I prayed and became a seeker of second-blessing holiness before I knew it was theologically correct. I said, “Oh, God, if you will sanctify me, you can depend on me. I make my choice to go this way. If my mother, father, brother, or sister never go, I’ll still go on.”

I settled things so well that I never had to settle them again. I have made my choice forever, and this is the way of holiness. There is a choice in getting saved. There is a choice in getting entirely sanctified. The desire alone is not sufficient.

Another step to getting this experience is to make a full commitment of yourself to the Lord, not to some project, church, or program. When you come to repentance, you come with your hands up, so to speak, declaring, “I’m sorry I’ve sinned. I’ve rebelled.” And you repent of all your sins, and God for Jesus’ sake kisses them away.

When you come to be fully sanctified, you come with your arms full.

“Here I am, Lord. I love you.


I want to go all the way with you.


Here’s my time, friends, everything I have.


I take my hands off.


I give my all to God without reservation!”

Amanda Smith sought this experience. She recognized her need and came to the altar. She was told she would have to put everything she had on the altar and get on it herself. She got up from the altar and left. The altar workers wondered if they had said the wrong thing. But after awhile she reappeared and placed two washtubs and the washboard on the altar, then climbed over into the tub, sat down, looked up and said, “Here we are, Lord, tubs and all.” What did God do? The only thing in the universe that He could have done! And when you get your all on the altar, God the Holy Spirit will entirely sanctify you, too.

The final step is faith. Feeling will come, but it must be preceded by faith. You put your all on the altar and then believe that God the Holy Spirit comes and sanctifies you. If you have met every condition, there is nothing more that you can do. There must be that positive faith that God Almighty will do exactly what He says He will do.

A God who can raise Jesus Christ from the dead is able to sanctify you wholly. Put your faith in Him without wavering. If the devil suggests doubt, refuse to listen. You can get through so clear that if you come back next year, you will still be clear.

The Rev. V.O. Agan (1924–2006) was a GBS alumnus, church leader, and well-known preacher of scriptural holiness. He was also one of the founders of the Bible Methodist Connection of Churches and of the Conservative Holiness Movement.