Holy?, Are All Christians
ARE ALL CHRISTIANS HOLY?
One of the great scarecrows of modern religion is the word holiness. People of various churches are more afraid of this word or the word holy than they are of the very devil himself. In fact, many had rather fellowship the devil than anyone who believes in holiness. There are many holiness denominations that are looked upon as the offscouring of all things and as the refuse of all that is evil. Why not be fair and honest a few minutes and consider with us what God says on the question. Now, don’t misunderstand, we are not advocating some of the peculiarities of certain groups that call themselves holiness. We are not suggesting that you have to be branded as such before you can be saved and be holy, according to the Bible. We merely want to point out that there is no reasonable excuse for anyone to be afraid of the words holy and holiness. No man needs to think that holiness is going to jump on him and take him to Hell without his consent. One can only become holy in Christ and by full obedience to the gospel. It will not fall upon anyone. It is not some devil that seeks entrance into the lives of men. Devils are in the business of keeping men from becoming holy, hence the great scare that they have caused among honest people. They do not want you to live any kind of life that even looks like it is holy, so just calm yourself and don’t be afraid you will get something wrong while we consider what God says.
Believe it or not, everyone who is a real Christian is holy and therefore is a holiness person. This is true whether he is a Baptist, Methodist, Presbyterian, or what not. This is proved by the scriptures in points given above. If men today get the salvation of the New Testament they will be holy. The words holy and holiness are used in the following passages which prove that all children of God are holy people:
“That we . . . might serve him without fear, IN HOLINESS AND RIGHTEOUSNESS before him, all the days of our life” (Luke 1:74-75); “Even so now yield your members servants TO RIGHTEOUSNESS UNTO HOLINESS . . . ye have your fruit UNTO HOLINESS, and the end everlasting life” (Rom.6:16-23); “For if the first fruit BE HOLY, the lump is ALSO HOLY: and if the root BE HOLY, SO ARE THE BRANCHES” (Rom.11:16); “Present YOUR BODIES a living sacrifice, HOLY, acceptable unto God” (Rom.12:1); “Ye are the temple of God . . . the temple of God IS HOLY, which temple ye are” (1 Cor. 3:16-17;1 Cor 6:19-20); “That she may BE HOLY both in body and in spirit” (1 Cor. 7:34); “Cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, PERFECTING HOLINESS in the fear of God” (2 Cor. 7:1); “He hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLAME before him in love” (Eph. 1:4); “And that ye put on the new man, which after God is created IN RIGHTEOUSNESS AND TRUE HOLINESS” (Eph. 4:24): “That it [the church] should BE HOLY AND WITHOUT BLEMISH” (Eph. 5:25-27); “To present you HOLY AND UNBLAMEABLE AND UNREPROVEABLE in his sight” (Col. 1:20-23;Col 3:12); “For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but UNTO HOLINESS” (1 Thess. 4:3-7); “I charge you by the Lord that this epistle be read unto all THE HOLY BRETHREN” (1 Thess. 5:27); “I will therefore that men pray everywhere, lifting up HOLY HANDS, without wrath and doubting” (1 Tim. 2:8); “She shall be saved in childbearing [from death in child birth], if they continue in faith and charity AND HOLINESS with sobriety” (1 Tim. 2:15); “Who hath saved us, and called us with an HOLY CALLING” (2 Tim. 1:9); “A bishop must be blameless . . . sober, just, HOLY, temperate” (Titus 1:8); “That they be in behaviour AS BECOMETH HOLINESS.. . Teaching us, that denying ungodliness and worldly lusts, WE SHOULD LIVE SOBERLY, RIGHTEOUSLY, AND GODLY, IN THIS PRESENT WORLD” (Titus 2:3,11-14); “Wherefore, HOLY BRETHREN, partakers of the heavenly calling. . . Follow peace with all men, AND HOLINESS, WITHOUT WHICH NO MAN SHALL SEE THE LORD: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God” (Heb. 3:1;Heb 12:10,14); “But as he which hath called you IS HOLY, SO BE YE HOLY IN ALL MANNER OF CONVERSATION [manner of life). . . Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, AN HOLY PRIESTHOOD” (1 Peter 1:15-16;1 Peter 2:5,9;1 Peter 3:5; 2 Peter 3:11).
In face of such plain Scriptures can anyone with a clear conscience claim to believe the Bible and still deny that Christians are and must be holy to be saved in the end? These passages speak for themselves. It matters not what modern religious leaders say, these passages demand holiness from every believer. If men are not holy, they are not saved; if they are saved, they are holy. In fact, every born again person is holy according to the above passages and 1 John 2:29;1 John 3:5-10;1 John 5:1-4,18; 2 Cor. 5:17; Gal. 5:24; etc. No man will have any part in the first resurrection without holiness of life: “Blessed AND HOLY is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign a thousand years” (Rev. 20:4-6;Rev 22:11).
Modern religionists can argue all that they want to that no man can be holy and live free from sin, but it is certainly clear that no man who does not live this way will ever see God in peace. If men cannot live this way, then there cannot be any such thing as Christians and saved men either now or in eternity. Men do not have to belong to any particular group who are classed as holiness on Earth, but it is certain that without being holy in God they are lost, so let us all become holy in Christ and be more tolerant toward other holy people.
The new birth means more than mere profession of faith that Jesus is the Son of God, or that one is saved because of church membership, water baptism, church attendance, partaking of the Lord’s Supper every Sunday, and a lot of other substitutes that some men are trusting in to save their souls. One must become honest and face facts and be saved the Bible way or be lost. We have given to you the truth about the new birth, how to get saved, and how to live a saved life in Christ to the end. The responsibility of conforming to truth is yours. You will be saved or lost as you accept the message of God and obey the gospel. Give your heart to God and do not be satisfied with anything short of becoming a new creature in Christ and then you can experience eternal life.
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