RETURN TO HOLINESS

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

A return to holiness is a must if the church of Jesus Christ is to be what He is coming back for: a glorious church not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:27).

Worldliness is contrary to a scriptural walk in the Lord.  The Church in many Western nations have deviated from the intended path that Jesus is looking for.  There is the absence of a godly walk; instead there is a substitute of worldly entertainment, pleasure seeking, and ungodliness in general.  There is a need to return to the holiness proclaimed in God's Word!  (Comment)


A Return to Holiness - A New Generation

The church, in many Western cultures, are walking hand in hand with the world and failing to recognize it.  A generation of believers has evolved that is casting away the old path of righteous living, and pursuing a path contrary to the strait and narrow way Jesus spoke of (Matthew 7:13-14).

The prophet Jeremiah, in speaking the word of the Lord, said: Stand you in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths where is the good way, and walk therein, and you shall find rest for your souls.  But the people said, we will not walk therein (Jeremiah 6:16).

A Bible commentary noted: The people stubbornly refused to walk in the traditional ways of true righteousness.  They were moving in their own paths and following their own way which would eventually lead to their downfall.  We are living in a generation that no longer walks in the path of sanctification (being set apart unto God), righteousness (doing that which is right in the sight of God), and holiness (a godly nature) in accordance with God's Word.

A Sanctified Church

Jesus desires that His Church be sanctified (or set apart) in His name.  The life of the believer is to be a living sacrifice to the Lord.  Such a walk requires a return to holiness.  

Scripture reveals that every one should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honor (1 Thessalonians 4:4).  To establish your hearts unblameable before the Lord, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints (1 Thessalonians 3:11-13).

Weeding Out Impurity

There are many traits that have taken root, in the Church, that need to be rooted out rather than allowed to grow.  If one allows a thistle to grow unabated it will soon take over and kill the grass that is beneath it.  The only way to effectively be rid of its destructive nature is to alleviate it; root and all. 

The Church, in many Western nations, has allowed thistles of another sort to take root; in the form of worldliness which can be just as destructive unless dealt with.  Such placed before the believer in Christ could spiritually trip one up; if allowed.  The gigantic hand of acceptance is dominating many;  as it spreads with the help of those who see no wrong in the ungodliness of man. 

Those Who Understand

Those who have been purged by the blood of Jesus Christ, been forgiven of sin, washed in His precious blood, made white as snow, filled with His Spirit; the Spirit of the living God, understand!  Those who have not deviated from the path of righteousness and purity in Christ, understand.

Know you not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost (or that of God's Spirit), which is in you, which you have of God, and you are not your own?  For you are brought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's (1 Corinthians 6:16-20). 

Let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of God (2 Corinthians 7:1).  A return to holiness is ordained of God by His Word!

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