Question: What are the differences between what Wesley taught and what the Holiness people currently are teaching on entire sanctification?
Answer: The main differences between Wesley and the Holiness people on entire sanctification are as follows:
1) Wesley held the people in the OT could experience entire sanctification. Most holiness people teach that entire sanctification was only after the day of Pentecost.
2) Wesley didn’t hold that entire sanctification and the baptism of the Holy Spirit were the same thing. The Holiness people teach that it is one and the same thing.
3) Wesley taught a very high standard of entire sanctification and that it was a radical change of perfect love with no carnality in the life at all. The Holiness people today hold a much lower standard where carnality can be in the life of a person that has experienced entire sanctification.
4) Wesley taught the long method and that most people would experience progressive sanctification throughout their life and entire sanctification shortly before death. The Holiness people have gone with Phebe Palmer’s shorter method (called altar theology) of claiming entire sanctification by faith, based on the thought that Christ is the altar, and if you put your life completely on the altar by faith, the altar sanctifies the gift.