Sanctification: So Why the Long Word?
It's such a long word — sanctification. And it has such a churchy ring to it. No one uses this language outside the church.
So why not adopt a simpler term from the secular world and freight it afresh with Christian content?
While expositing Romans 6:23, John Piper went off script (it's in the audio, but not the manuscript) to tackle this question and also provide a short but substantive definition of what Christian theology means by the term "sanctification."
Now I know sanctification is a church word. I don't think I've ever seen the word sanctification in the Minneapolis StarTribune. It's a church word.
So someone might say, "Why don't you choose a non-church word?" There are reasons for that — not the least of which is that sanctification is built on the Latin word sanctus, which means "holy," and the world doesn't know anything about holiness…