I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God. – Romans 12:1-2
The following excerpts came from the book, A Box of Treasure, by Beverly Carradine, which is found on Internet Archive (https://archive.org). Some revision was done for easier reading.
“We are confident that the explanation of much of the offence that is manifestly associated with the doctrine and experience of entire sanctification springs really from the announcement of the price necessary to be paid for its obtainment.
A consecration that is confessedly defective, that allows certain mental reservations, is one that is not fought by demons, nor opposed or objected to by the church. It is the devotion of the whole man to God for all time that seems to arouse the hatred of hell and earth.
The adversary (Satan) well knows that a partial or imperfect consecration will never bring the Baptism with the Holy Ghost upon the soul. It is the individual who is walking in the light (not standing, or worse still, backing out of the light), who gets the cleansing from “all sin” that *John writes about.
*But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. – 1 John 1:7
A perfect consecration includes every moment of our time. It will not allow us to be devoted to God on the day that we attend church and then be careless, prayerless, unspiritual, and even worldly on the rest of the week days. The perfectly consecrated man is God’s man everywhere and anywhere; anytime and all the time.
When Christians wholly and forever give themselves up to God in perfect consecration, something happens! God’s holy fire falls from heaven; men and women are wholly sanctified; the Holy Ghost witnesses to the distinct work; a revival begins; and salvation free and full begins to roll like a tidal wave through the church and over the community.”