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Teaching Holiness

Holiness: the Everyday Attitude       

          “Sanctification, or holiness, is one of the most frequent, important, and all-embracing concepts in Scripture. It has to do with God and man; with relationships, worship, and morals; with every period of life, whether past, present, or future; and with every element of the world, including times and places, objects and rituals. It is so significant that believers are admonished to strive ‘for the holiness without which no one will see the Lord’(Heb. 12:14)” (Ivan T. Blazen,“Salvation” in Raoul Dederen, ed., Handbook of Seventh-day Adventist Theology, 294-295).             

          Holiness is not the search for personal moral perfection as an achievement. It is not a gateway experience that places the believer on a higher spiritual plane for life.

          Holiness is both an attitude and a journey.

          Holiness is a mind-set, not an accomplishment.

          Holiness is following the leading of the Holy Spirit in making right choices. It is what occurs in the inner sanctuary of the soul over time when right choices are repeated day after day.

          Holiness is loyalty to God. It is putting His interests ahead of one’s own.         

          Holiness is the mind-set that makes us hungry for heaven.    Pursuing holiness is “learning how the Christ for you becomes the Christ in you” (Ivan Blake, Pastor).

          “When he [the child of God] sees a weakness in his character, it is not enough to confess it again and again; he must go to work with determination and energy to overcome his defects by building up opposite traits of character. He will not shun this work because it is difficult. Untiring energy is required of the Christian; but he is not obliged to work in his own strength; divine power awaits his demand” (Ellen G. White, My Life Today, 99).

          “Sanctification is not the work of a moment, an hour, a day, but of a lifetime. It is not gained by a happy flight of feeling, but is the result of constantly dying to sin, and constantly living for Christ. Wrongs cannot be righted nor reformations wrought in the character by feeble, intermittent efforts. It is only by long, persevering effort, sore discipline, and stern conflict, that we shall overcome. We know not one day how strong will be our conflict the next. So long as Satan reigns we shall have self to subdue, besetting sins to overcome; so long as life shall last, there will be no stopping place, no point which we can reach and say, I have fully attained. Sanctification is the result of lifelong obedience” (Ellen G. White, The Acts of the Apostles, 560).

          “Holiness is not rapture: it is an entire surrender of the will to God; it is living by every word that proceeds from the mouth of God; it is doing the will of our heavenly Father; it is trusting God in trial, in darkness as well as in the light; it is walking by faith and not by sight; it is relying on God with unquestioning confidence, and resting in His love” (Ibid., 51).

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