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Home The Light Articles from 2008 What Happened to Holiness?

What Happened to Holiness?

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True Christianity is not just talk but also a walk, and a way of life. That is why the question we have under consideration is so important. As we all stand before that perfect mirror and inspect ourselves, we must change if we don't see holiness. Most in the religious world today recognize that we have a trend that is alarming, and that is the diminishing of holiness in our lives. I believe we in the church today must be equally alarmed, and we should be giv­ing it our urgent attention.
I am talking first of all to us dads and moms because that is where it all starts. We must have homes today that will promote holiness so our children will understand its value and would desire to have it as a part of their life as they grow older.
I am talking to the leaders of each individual congregation. We do not need to allow this alarming trend of stamping out holiness from our pulpits and from our daily teaching.
I am talking to you and me as preachers. We do not need to become afraid to teach sermons that will pro­mote holiness in all of our lives.
I want us to notice what Peter said in 1 Peter 1:14-15. "As obedient chil­dren, not fashioning yourselves accord­ing to the former lusts in your igno­rance: but as he [God] which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation." The word conversation, as it is used here, means "behavior." So when I say that I believe we should be a holy people today;, is that my opinion or is it scriptural? The inspired Word of God states very clearly, ".. .so be ye holy in all manner of conversation."
When we use the word "all" in our workplace today we are seldom misun­derstood. Are we misunderstanding the word "all" in our Christian life concern­ing holiness or are we playing like it is not in the Bible? These verses promote holiness in our life in all things, so that means in our speech, in the places we go, in what we wear or in the lack of wearing, and in our love for one an­other. I want to see the Lord one day, and I know each of you would like to do the same.
Notice what the Hebrew writer said in Hebrews 12:14; "Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord." Each one of us gather from this verse that we must be a holy people if we expect to spend eternity with the Lord. With that, I ask again what has happened to holiness.
We preach against sin in the church and some of our brothers and sisters become angry. Maybe we have ex-changed piety for pleasure, conscience for convenience, and modesty for moral looseness. People have taken God's holy Son and reduced Him to a popular Jesus. Why do I say that? He is now supposedly the Jesus of the professional athlete, of the rock and country music stars and of the semi-nude beauty con­testant. People now have made Jesus out to be the one who would smile and forgive as one participates in some of the darkest sins. We are forgetting that the Bible teaches us to be holy and peculiar. We are not to be different just to be different, but different because we are holy and we want to see the Lord, Jesus is not smiling when he watches us become less holy in His blessed church,
Today divorce and remarriage, immodest dress or (undress), Hollywood fashions, sports, and the pleasure craze, along with the peace-and-prosperity gospel, is beginning to settle into com­fortable acceptance in some congrega­tions. We are deceived brethren when we believe that we can do our own thing and still be the center of God's will and under His blessing. Is Jesus saying to you and me today what he said long ago in Matthew 15:8, "This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips: but their heart is far from me." Or maybe he is saying what he said in Luke 6:46, "And why call ye me, Lord, Lord, and do not the things which I say?"
I trust: you will consider these few thoughts in accordance to the scriptures and may God help us to help each other to become more holy. A holy people in our world today will shine brightly. What has happened to holiness? Maybe we allowed it to slip from us for a mo­ment, but I encourage all to reclaim it and reestablish it in our homes, congre­gations and in our lives, so we will see the Lord one day in that glorious city.
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