Is Sanctification Complex or Simple?

Is progressive sanctification complex or simple? We asked biblical counselor David Powlison in our recent trip to the CCEF in Philadelphia. Progressive sanctification is impossibly complicated, he said. And yet there's a biblical simplicity that addresses the complexities of life. In this video clip, he explains this complexity-simplicity dynamic:

Other videos from our trip to CCEF and Westminster Theological Seminary

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Tony Reinke is a staff writer for Desiring God and the author of Lit! A Christian Guide to Reading Books (2011) and John Newton on the Christian Life: To Live Is Christ (2015). He hosts the Ask Pastor John podcast, and lives in the Twin Cities with his wife and their three children. He also blogs at