Lately, in the past month or so, I have noticed a disturbing trend and it’s time I speak up and write my mind on it. In full discretion, am I suggesting that I am an authority on this subject or have it mastered in my own life? No way! I’m not even close to the standard I wish to develop in my life but I am working on it.
With that being said, I understand that when it comes to the topic of holiness and personal integrity people’s opinions differ based on interpretation and culture of what one believes. However, as Christians, holiness and personal integrity has become a loose and in some circles a taboo topic that to God is a central focus. Why? We are called to “be holy as He is holy (see 1 Peter 1:16).” Why? Because God has said in 1 Peter 2:9-10, “But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, His own special people, that you may proclaim the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;…” Here God is saying that we are all, as believers, are (not will be in heaven or might be but ARE now) set apart for special purpose, unique, uncommon so we can give praise and glory to God. To give this a bit more foundational back bone check out Leviticus 20:26, where God says to His people: “And you shall be holy to Me, for I the Lord am holy, and have separated you from the peoples, that you should be Mine.“
That is one reason why I love the leaders that I have been placed under at Covenant Love Church. They have upheld a strict standard not just for the leaders, but in the church as a whole, we live as how we preach and we preach the standard of the Word. Jesus has called us to be “the salt and light of the earth (see Matthew 5:13-16)”, we cannot be hidden, like a city on a hill, so we seek to live a life that glorifies our God and points all men to Him.
“As Christians, we can never allow holiness & personal integrity to be a lost art in our lives.”