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What we believe and teach: Holiness (Sanctification)

31 January 2016

What we believe and teach: Holiness (Sanctification)

holy-bibleWe who believe in the Lord Jesus Christ were sanctified by the Holy Spirit of God, that’s why the Scripture calls us ‘the saints’. So, as is fitting for saints, we must perfect holiness in the fear of God hating and fleeing what is evil and clinging to what is good. In other words, just as we presented our members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now we must present our members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. And since we live in the midst of a crooked and perverse generation, which calls evil good, and good evil, we must take heed to ourselves and test all things to understand what pleases the Lord and what does not please Him. We must test all things through the Scripture; the Spirit of God, who dwells in our hearts, guides us into all truth.

As He who called us to His eternal glory is holy, we also must be holy in all our conduct. Therefore we must abstain from the lusts of the flesh and the worldly lusts of this evil age. Fornication, uncleanness, revelries, drunkenness, lewdness, envy, debaucheries, sorcery, jealousies, covetousness (which is idolatry), malice, hatred, murders, contentions, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, slander, and the like, are all works of the flesh from which we must abstain (we must not associate with anyone who calls himself a brother, but is a fornicator or greedy, an idolater or a slanderer, a drunkard or a swindler; with such a man we must not even eat). Those who live according to the flesh are dead even while they live, and from the flesh they will reap corruption. Going to the cinema, to the theatre, to the circus, to the amusement parks, going to the beach to put oneself half-naked in order to get sun tanned or to bathe, going to a soccer match (as well as to a basketball match, a baseball match, etc.), listening to the worldly music, watching television, wearing indecent clothes or costly clothes, to mention just some of the worldly lusts, are all things which are not fitting for the saints, so we warn believers against these things (as far as the television set is concerned, we exhort the saints not to buy it nor to place it in their houses). Friendship with the world is enmity with God.

We must be humble, good, meek, righteous, merciful, patient with all, temperate in all things, hospitable to one another, full of brotherly love (Jesus said that by this all will know that we are His disciples, if we have love for one another), ready to confess our trespasses to one another and ready to forgive as Christ forgave us, and ready to do all kinds of good works as we have opportunity.

Without holiness no one will see the Lord. Fornicators, adulterers, homosexuals, effeminate, thieves, covetous, drunkards, slanderers, swindlers, idolaters, liars, murderers, sorcerers, the cowardly, the abominable, and the unrighteous, will not inherit the kingdom of God. (Giacinto Butindaro, from http://www.the-new-way.org/wwbat/index.html)

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