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 Sheila's Reflections

“A Call Back To Holy Living”

September 2006

For God hath not called us into uncleanness, but unto holiness.
I Thessalonians 4:7

 

 Recently it was brought to my attention to read an article in the Birmingham News entitled, “ ‘Purpose-driven’ strategy splits churches.” Many of you possibly read it yourself and may or may not agree with what I have to say about it. The contents of the article were most revealing in that they illuminated the fallacies of the purpose driven movement.

The disturbing message I received from this article was that it pointed out just how far, as a nation, we have fallen from the true path of worship. That our worship approach has taken on a casualness and cheapened the very reason we are called to worship. 

Many of our church services seem to be driven by a desire to make people feel comfortable instead of convicted. Some have so tightly merged themselves with the world that it would be difficult to tell them apart. They’ve taken the cross down, the blood out, and hell is never mentioned. God forbid that the preacher offends anyone by sharing that they have a need for a “Savior”… and he better not be guilty of challenging believers to live a surrendered life… a holy life… a life of holy living. 

Some of you may be asking, “How do you define a holy life and just what is holy living?” A holy life is a life lived by the values taught in the Bible… a life that adopts God’s standards as a rule of thumb… and a life that welcomes His presence in the midst or center of whatever is going on. Holy living, simply put, is a quest for righteousness with a renewed hunger for God. Holy living is our internal private walk with the Lord that changes our outward walk, and has profound and godly effect on others. 

Holy living is quickly becoming a pre-historic way of life. Our value system has become so twisted that what was once thought evil has now been embraced as a lifestyle. To our shame we have become a nation of theater style churches that have diluted the gospel with a feel good philosophy. I don’t know about you, but in my wildest imagination, I never could have dreamed the day would come when so many around me would be referring to the “Church” as a business. That it would be treated as if it was a “Fortune 500” conglomerate… to be headed by a CEO and not a God called pastor! Well, I’m sad to say that day has arrived and instead of “holy worship” the buzzword now is “corporate worship!”

What I’d like to know is, “Whatever happened to us seeking to live a holy life, a life not of isolation from the world but a life set apart by distinction from the world?”  How on earth can the lost tell the difference between the world and us believers if we look like, act like, talk like, dress like and live like them?  They can’t! 

In Romans chapter twelve, verses one and two it says, “I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” So I’d like to challenge each of us to respond to the call back to holy living… a surrendered life transformed by the Word and not conformed to the world!

I Peter 1:13  -  Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 

I Peter 1:14  -  As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance. 

I Peter 1:15  -  But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation.

I Peter 1:16  -  Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.

 

                                                 God bless you until our next visit, 

                                                                           Sheila

 
2006, Search The Word Ministry