Conservative commentator Ann Coulter set tongues wagging with indignation this week. When asked what she would do if she was “queen for a day”, she answered that she would have everyone in America be Christians. Her Jewish host immediately lead her down a line of questioning which lead her to say this: “No, we just want Jews to be perfected, as they say. … That’s what Christianity is. We believe the Old Testament.”
Now I may be sorely mistaken, but those who immediately jumped all over her for antisemitism, hate speech and other horrible crimes against humanity, fail to recognize her statement for what it is. It is not surprising that those now condemning her is not familiar with the Christian concept of sanctification, which I believe is what she referred to.
It is one of the key Christian doctrines in the ordo salutis (chain of salvation). After election and justification, and prior to glorification, we find sanctification. It is the process, started here in this life by the Spirit (Gal 3:3), by which we are prepared to join God in everlasting life by becoming holy, in other words, being perfected.
Jesus is the perfect sacrifice for the sins of Gods children. With His sacrifice, the need for the shedding of any more blood for the propitiation of our sins became redundant. And with that deed, our justification before God was complete. What remains once you believe in Christ alone for your salvation, is the process by which the Spirit works in you to fill you with the love of God.
We find the background of this in Hebrews:
Heb 10:5 Consequently, when Christ came into the world, he said, “Sacrifices and offerings you have not desired, but a body have you prepared for me;
Heb 10:6 in burnt offerings and sin offerings you have taken no pleasure.
Heb 10:7 Then I said, ‘Behold, I have come to do your will, O God, as it is written of me in the scroll of the book.'”
Heb 10:8 When he said above, “You have neither desired nor taken pleasure in sacrifices and offerings and burnt offerings and sin offerings” (these are offered according to the law),
Heb 10:9 then he added, “Behold, I have come to do your will.” He abolishes the first in order to establish the second.
Heb 10:10 And by that will we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all.
Heb 10:11 And every priest stands daily at his service, offering repeatedly the same sacrifices, which can never take away sins.
Heb 10:12 But when Christ had offered for all time a single sacrifice for sins, he sat down at the right hand of God,
Heb 10:13 waiting from that time until his enemies should be made a footstool for his feet.
Heb 10:14 For by a single offering he has perfected for all time those who are being sanctified.
Heb 10:15 And the Holy Spirit also bears witness to us; for after saying,
Heb 10:16 “This is the covenant that I will make with them after those days, declares the Lord: I will put my laws on their hearts, and write them on their minds,”
Heb 10:17 then he adds, “I will remember their sins and their lawless deeds no more.”
Heb 10:18 Where there is forgiveness of these, there is no longer any offering for sin.
And then we learn what sanctification really means, to be progressively filled with Gods love, so that one day we may fully understand His glory and grace, so that we may love as perfectly as He does:
1Jo 2:4 Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,
1Jo 2:5 but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may be sure that we are in him:
1Jo 2:6 whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.
1Jo 4:7 Beloved, let us love one another, for love is from God, and whoever loves has been born of God and knows God.
1Jo 4:8 Anyone who does not love does not know God, because God is love.
1Jo 4:9 In this the love of God was made manifest among us, that God sent his only Son into the world, so that we might live through him.
1Jo 4:10 In this is love, not that we have loved God but that he loved us and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.
1Jo 4:11 Beloved, if God so loved us, we also ought to love one another.
1Jo 4:12 No one has ever seen God; if we love one another, God abides in us and his love is perfected in us.
1Jo 4:13 By this we know that we abide in him and he in us, because he has given us of his Spirit. 1Jo 4:14 And we have seen and testify that the Father has sent his Son to be the Savior of the world.
1Jo 4:15 Whoever confesses that Jesus is the Son of God, God abides in him, and he in God.
1Jo 4:16 So we have come to know and to believe the love that God has for us. God is love, and whoever abides in love abides in God, and God abides in him.
1Jo 4:17 By this is love perfected with us, so that we may have confidence for the day of judgment, because as he is so also are we in this world.
1Jo 4:18 There is no fear in love, but perfect love casts out fear. For fear has to do with punishment, and whoever fears has not been perfected in love.
So those who are now overcome with self-righteousness and indignation that Ann Coulter expressed a wish that everyone in the United States become as loving as God, think again.
It is a noble wish, and despite what her detractors may say, an expression firmly bound by Scripture. Or maybe it is the exact reason she is being vilified for saying this.