The outward evidence of salvation to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness. True salvation does not desire to mimic the word or indulge in worldly passions. True salvation desires “a life of righteousness and true holiness.” Sadly, today we see leaders who have accepted activities as normal for “Christians” which the scripture forbids.
These activities are not only acceptable to some leaders, but are taught as permissible and promoted in church. In fact, these leaders will deride you publicly for taking a stance for purity by claiming you are living under the law and thus placing people in bondage by calling for true holiness.
Just as bad are the leaders of leaders who have not taken a stand. These remove themselves from the conflict so as to hold on to their positions of authority. This is nothing short of trusting in a position or money rather than God. It is condoning sinfulness for the purpose of maintaining public standing.
“The outward evidence to all men is a life of righteousness and true holiness.” True salvation is marked by holiness which desires to be pure (1 Jn. 3:3). True salvation is evidenced by holiness which desires to put away the sinful pleasures of the world in order to show love to God who has called us to holiness (1 Thess. 4:7). This kind of salvation is not motivated by a desire to follow the law but from love. Love which desires to please Jesus through obedience (Jn. 14:23, 15:10). This kind of salvation is not a burden, but a delight because it is born from the presence of the Holy Ghost and grows through the putting to death of the flesh (Rom. 8:13; Col. 3:5). This kind of salvation understands that the greatest gift that can be given to God is a life so in love with Him, so completely devoted to Him, , that the things of this world have no attraction any more. This kind of salvation is evidenced by a life of righteousness and true holiness.
God bring us back to this kind of love and passion for you.