Good Sunday morning friends. This sanctified day is holy for the child of God. Our prayer is that the weight of God’s holiness will give you strength and conviction of heart. Let’s talk about being holy.
This blog message will be the first one that is liable to make some of you MAD. But, it is my duty according to the calling that the Lord to obey his leading. I am burdened about being holy. I am burdened for the people of God to be holy. I Peter 1:13-16 is our text today which is in the context of Leviticus chapter 11 and 20 where God makes this statement, “be ye holy; for I am holy.” My simple question is this; is your life Holy before the Lord. I am not referring to the righteousness that Christ clothes us in. I am talking about being holy. Which brings me down to the nitty gritty.
I am getting sick to my stomach with Church folks doing things like getting tattoo’s. There are only a few reasons why this is happening without any recourse.
#1 The tattoo’d have not read their Bible. Leviticus 19:28 clearly says “Ye shall not make any cuttings in your flesh for the dead, nor print any marks upon you: I am the Lord.” I Corinthians 3:16 still says, “Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?”
#2 The tattoo’d think they are not under the commands of the Old Testament. Newsflash, Thou shalt not kill is in the Old Testament. When Jesus Christ fulfilled the law (Matt 5:17) it was the ceremonial, sacrificial and dietary laws. The Moral laws of God are still in effect, Old and New Testament.
#3 The tattoo’d know that tattoo’s are wrong and are aware of what the Bible says and they are in open rebellion to the God of heaven and His holy word.
Then, I am further nauseated by this idea that God breaks up one marriage to put another one together with his blessing and/or guidance. We all know that it happens under the worst of circumstances but divorce is not in God’s plan and Jesus explained His position on it in person in Matthew 19:7-8. Please, for the love of the Lord, do not disgrace the name of Christ and proclaim that after you have been through two or three that God brought you number 4 when you said He already brought you numbers 1 through 3. “Be ye holy, for I am holy.” Aren’t you thankful that Christ will never divorce His bride?
While I’m at it, let me just go ahead and address the appearance of evil. If our dress, our associations, and actions resemble the world more than the bride of Christ (James 4:4, I John 2:15) we are the enemy of God. I saw not too long ago a picture of a “Gospel” group that was pictured with their signature sharpies in their mouths like cigars. Are we serious? Why not see how holy we can live instead of how close we can be like, look like, sound like the world. Be ye holy, for I am holy.
I love you and I know this seems pretty rough, but I must fulfill the instruction of my calling (2 Tim 3:16), “…for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:” You may never invite me to preach at your church or revival meeting but under the leadership of the Holy Ghost I will preach the whole counsel of the Word of God no matter what and no matter where.
GOD HELP US TO BE HOLY!