Sunday, October 06, 2019

Living a Life of Holiness

The word "holiness" invokes such legalistic pictures of long dresses, no jewelleries, no makeup, and a set of rules regarding what one can do and what one cannot do. Such rules may include watching certain TV programmes, dancing and playing games. In other words, holiness is moral purity and separation from sin.
Those looking forward to entering heaven must work hard to stay away from anything that doesn't resemble holiness. "Make every effort to live in peace with all men and to be holy; for without holiness no one will see the Lord." Hebrew 12:14
Holiness is a vital component of Christianity, which without it, you will never see eternity. In other words, you'll not enter the Kingdom of God. Many people wonder if they could enter heaven even if they aren't perfect enough. The Bible is very plain that sinners will have their part in the lake of fire. It also gives us a stern warning about failing to enter through the narrow door because of living a reckless life.
"The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and corruption; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambitions, dissensions, gangs and envy; drunkenness, orgies and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the Kingdom of God." Galatians 5:19-21
I didn't say this, Paul the apostle did. So if this Bible verse doesn't sit well with you, tell him about it. I am only passing on the message that anyone should not perish. If this warning from Paul is not enough to scare the living daylights out of you, how about this one:
"But the cowardly, the unbelieving, the vile, the murderers, the sexually immoral, those who practice magic arts, idol worshippers and all liars - their portion will be in the lake that burns with fire and sulphur. This is the second death." Revelation 21:8
This is a warning to everyone; God is against all sin. Anyone who understands what the torment in hell is like - would choose to pursue holiness. Honestly, if I had any doubt whatsoever that I will miss the rapture because of lies, sexual immorality, witchcraft, jealousy and other abhorrent acts, I'd do everything in my power to run away from them.
I'm afraid many so-called Christians aren't going to heaven because they refuse to live a holy life. If you call yourself a Christian and still in sexual immorality, lies, greed, and lust, I am sorry, but according to the Bible, you're not delivered from sin - you too will one day be condemned into the lake of fire for eternity.
I understand that no one can achieve 100% holiness; in fact, Jesus himself said no one is perfect. Everyone can fall into temptation and make some minor mistakes. God would not rush to condemn us especially if the sin weren't committed willfully. True believers will repent and follow the way of godliness and be saved.

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