It has been said by the poet Charles Bowen and others since: “The rain raineth on the just and unjust fella; but chiefly upon the just because the unjust steals the just’s umbrella.
Humorous, yes, however the blessings of heaven descend so that perhaps the unjust (according to the God of Father Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob’s reckoning) may pause and consider the opportunity provided for repentance in order that they also may join the ranks of the redeemed of the Lord. Blessed even is the hypocrite who repents of, turns away from, his sins.
In these days and times multitudes of people are caught in the delusion that a mental self-denial of sin, as defined by the Holy Bible, will have the effect of cleansing the soul. They tend to appropriate unto themselves material wealth and deem themselves wiser than the children of the kingdom of God and arrogate unto themselves power to rule and exercise dominion over others. Some even seek to overthrow the institutions of heaven proclaiming knowledge of better paths. Still, there remains but one good path, the way of God, follow Him for all other paths lead to sorrow.
“I am the Way and the Truth and the Life; no one comes to the Father but by Me.” – Jesus the Messiah.
–Pastor Ward Clinton
If you believe in and follow an unholy God, you do not have to be concerned about being holy in your conduct.
“I sin daily in thought, word, and deed?” …Hmm… you might want to re-examine that because the God of the Holy Bible commands that His people be holy
“I put this in human terms because you are weak in your natural selves. Just as you used to offer the parts of your body in slavery to impurity and to ever increasing wickedness, so now offer them in slavery to righteousness leading to holiness. When you were slaves to sin, you were free from the control of righteousness. What benefit did you reap at that time from the things you are now ashamed of? Those things result in death! But now that you have been set free from sin and have become slaves to God, the benefit you reap leads to holiness, and the result is eternal life.”
- In the Old Testament, things were sanctified. • The Tabernacle was sanctified (Exodus 40:9). “Take the anointing oil and anoint the tabernacle and everything in it; consecrate it and all its furnishings, and it will be holy.”
- The mountains were sanctified (Exodus 19:23). “Moses said to the LORD, ‘The people cannot come up Mount Sinai, because you yourself warned us, “Put limits around the mountain and set it apart as holy.”’”
- The nation of Israel was sanctified (Exodus 19:10-11). “And the LORD said to Moses, ‘Go to the people and consecrate them today and tomorrow. Have them wash their clothes and be ready by the third day, because on that day the LORD will come down on Mount Sinai in the sight of all the people.’”
- First born children were sanctified (Exodus 13:2). “Consecrate to me every firstborn male. The first offspring of every womb among the Israelites belongs to me, whether man or animal.”
- In the New Testament people were sanctified (Acts 2:1-4). 16
“When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.”
“If Jesus Christ is not Lord of all, He will not be Lord at all.” —R. S. Nicholson
Romans 12:1-2: “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.”
–Pastor Ward Clinton
Ephesians 5:1-2 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children; And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Eph 5:3-7 But fornication, and all uncleanness, or covetousness, let it not be once named among you, as becometh saints; 4 Neither filthiness, nor foolish talking, nor jesting, which are not convenient: but rather giving of thanks. 5 For this ye know, that no whoremonger, nor unclean person, nor covetous man, who is an idolater, hath any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. 6 Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience. 7 Be not ye therefore partners with them.
-in slightly plainer english-
“Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. But among you there must not be even a hint of sexual immorality, or of any kind of impurity, or of greed, because these are improper for God’s holy people. Nor should there be obscenity, foolish talk or coarse joking, which are out of place, but rather thanksgiving. For of this you can be sure: No immoral, impure or greedy person—such a man is an idolater—has any inheritance in the kingdom of Christ and of God. Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient. Therefore do not be partners with them.”
–Pastor Ward Clinton