Years ago, I was in a systematic theology class looking at different models of sanctification from different Christian traditions.
Having more Reformed tendencies, I was able to read John Wesley’s A Plain Account of Christian Perfection. While I don’t agree with Wesley’s doctrine of Christian perfection, I did appreciate the opportunity to broaden my horizons. Wesley did incredible things for the kingdom of God, for which I am grateful.
A one paragraph summary for those who are interested and may be confused by Wesley’s doctrine of Christian perfection:
Essentially, Wesley believes that Christians are able to become perfect in this lifetime. Before we immediately dismiss him however, two things must be understood to put this into context: his understanding of sin, and his understanding of perfection. He has a much narrower understanding of sin than the Reformed position, i.e., fewer things count as sin to him. And second, he has a lower understanding of perfection: the perfect Christian can still make mistakes. Perfection means to love God fully.
While I still disagree with this doctrine and think that Scripture reaches a different conclusion, reading his own argument helped me to realize the gap between us was much smaller than I first thought.