Do you still believe in holiness?

1197864_open_door_classics_1Time for roll call. Do you still believe in holiness?

1. Do you believe that people can be set free not only from the guilt of sin that leads to condemnation, but from the power of sin to enslave? Can people be free from intentional sin by the power of God?

2. Do you believe that God wants every Christian to be able to live a life free from intentional sin? Or is it only for “saints” and “super Christians” to achieve? (This does not mean it is impossible for them to intentionally sin, but that it is impossible for them not to do so.)

3. Do you believe that the Spirit of Christ uses both ongoing process (means of grace) and crisis moments (justification, consecration, sanctification) to make people holy?

4. Do you believe that the Spirit of God can fill a person in a way that purifies their hearts and empowers them for loving living?

5. Do you believe that Jesus Christ ever commands us to do something the Spirit will not enable us to achieve?

6. Have you ever met someone you would consider entirely sanctified?

7. Are you yourself pursuing a life of holiness with faith that even if you would not consider yourself sanctified you have confident hope you will one day be?

If so, let us know in the comments below by simply writing “I believe in holiness.” You can write more than that if you choose, but at least write that.

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5 thoughts on “Do you still believe in holiness?

  1. Yes! Yes! To all seven questions. I still believe in holiness. If I don’t believe in holiness, I don’t believe in anything. I have preached a specific series on holy living. Christ-like-ness – becoming men and women of God are themes running through most if not all of my prayers, preaching, and life. It defines me – because it is Christ. Having said that, when I reflect on my life and my efforts to be like Him, I am overwhelmed by the amount of “pretending” – how little I have actually grasped. I am especially appreciative of Steve DeNeff’s “The Way of Holiness” and he and Drury’s “Soul Shift.” I am so thankful for those who are blazing the trails so the rest of us can find the trails. Holiness IS the Christian life. We must never let go of the way of holiness.

  2. Yes, I believe in holiness. Do I believe Scripture? Yes. There can be no doubt that the Lord, in addition to providing for our justification by Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, also expects and provides for us to live a new, transformed life. Anything short of that is a truncation of the gospel. But this life in Him is not a strange life. It is the “normal” life for the Christian. If you ordinarily go for an hour or a day without any thought of rebellion against God, but are quite enjoying the thought of serving Him and fellowshipping with Him, then that would be solid evidence that you are not a “carnal” Christian still experiencing a constant internal war, but are trusting your life, your hopes, your days, to Him. Don’t let terms like “entire sanctification” or “holiness” make this seem like something that is only possible in some other life. The question for right now is, are you rebelling against God right now, or are you at peace with his plan, his presence, his Word, governing your life?

  3. I sure do believe in holiness!!! But I’m afraid my generation, for the most part, has not heard of God’s transforming power. Most young people I meet see holiness as merely ones legal standing before God rather than a regenerative life change.

  4. Yes! I believe in holiness; and have been revisiting the command of God to “be holy.” I think the current generation of Christians look back at the old holiness movement and see a lot of stoic restraints. But I have been learning that it isn’t restraints but freedom. It’s living a life like Christ lived on earth; loving God and loving people and doing what is right. I just read Jerry Bridges book “The Transforming Power of the Gospel” which is a great explaination of living the holy life–Christ-like life. It has given me a fresh look at myself in view of the gospel.