Edition 96. October 15th 2011
Holiness & counterfeit holiness.
News events and comment.
***Please ignore the rubbish and garbage coming from the mouth of Harold Camping (again) that the world will end 21 October!
●The river Euphrates is drying up rapidly. Poor water management, mismanagement and drought are the causes. Surrounding farmers and fishermen are going out of business fast. It's level is now half what it was two years ago. Prophetically, the Euphrates dries up to make way for the invasion of Israel by the "kings of the east."
●Hamas leader says "This is just the beginning. A nation that will release 1027 prisoners in exchange for one, Gilad Shalit, will agree to release 8000 in the future."
What is holiness
The diamond (above) is called "The Great Star of Africa" also known as the great Cullinan diamond. It was found in the Cullinan mine in South Africa. It is the most valuable and beautiful diamond in the world. It weighs 530 carats. It has 77 facets. It is the most pure flawless diamond ever found and is priceless. In a certain sense it corresponds to holiness. To me that diamond is very attractive and desirable...I want it!
●Be warned, this edition will rattle your cage and shock many.
In these last days we are seeing an outpouring of evil, but at the same time an outpouring of the Spirit of God and never the twain shall meet!
We must begin by looking at God's holiness. The Bible says that He is holy, holy, holy. He is absolutely pure, clean, glory-filled, righteous, sinless and beautiful.
Biblical holiness is politically incorrect and offensive to the world as you will see...read on my friend.
You may be amazed to learn that the word holiness as defined in Strong's concordance in both Hebrew (kadesh) and Greek comes from root words meaning to 'separate,' 'be apart,' 'cut out', completely 'other', 'fleshed out'.
God's holiness means that He is transcendently separate, apart, pure and above us and this world in every way. He is truly 100% pure, purely awesome and will leave anyone who encounters His holiness awe-struck!
Can you see why Biblical holiness is offensive to the world and it's god Satan? "Apart", "separate" are not politically correct words in this day.
2 Corinthians 6:17 "Come out from among them and be separate, says the Lord and do not touch what is unclean and I will receive you and I will be a Father to you...says the Almghty Lord."
Now, being separate and apart from a point of view of pride or legalism makes you no different to a practitioner of witchcraft!
Holiness is not keeping rules in a legalistic manner or from a point of view of personal pride.
Holiness is God's unique exclusive nature with no parallel. This Godly holiness is found in numerous verses of scripture throughout the Bible, beginning to end. You can only really encounter God's holiness by knowing His nature and character as revealed by His word.
Modern day mass ignorance of the word of God is one of the main reasons for a low view of God and a failure to recognise His holiness.
1 Peter 1:16 "Be holy, for I am holy."
Psalm 24:3-5 "Who may ascend into the hill of the Lord? Or who may stand in His holy place? He who has clean hands a pure heart, who has not lifted up his soul to an idol.".
Why do we need holiness.
Hebrews 12:14 "Pursue peace with all men and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord."
The greatest enemy facing the church today is un-holiness. It is and will continue to defeat and damn much of the professing church today.
An understanding and comprehension of the holiness of God will dramatically change us in every way. It will slay us and produce a reverent fear and respect for our Messiah and His word.
You can only really see God in holiness. God will hide His face and His word from those filled with pride and sin. This is why much of the church has gone astray. They think they are seeing and hearing God, but they are not.
We need holiness because it is completely clean.
Isaiah 6:5 "Woe is me, for I am undone! For I am a man of unclean lips and I dwell in the midst of a people of unclean lips; for my eyes have seen the King, the Lord of hosts."
An understanding of the holiness of God creates in us an inner desire to clean up our acts and be obedient to Him.
Encountering the holiness of God is the way to a life filled with Godly fruit.
Exodus 15:11 "Who is like You, O Lord among the gods? Who is like You, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises doing wonders."
Our end is union with God. Our end is therefore union with holiness and perfection, making us truly useful in His hands.
How do we get holiness
You can't so give up trying and die!
That may sound outrageous, but it's the absolute truth!
As our own self-effort and pride, gets out of the way and goes to the cross, the miracle exchange begins where "He lives as we decrease".
We must embrace the cross of Christ and take up our own cross daily to really move forward in resurrection life now.
Holiness goes hand in hand with humility and cross-bearing.
Isaiah 57:15 "For thus says the High and Lofty One Who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble and to revive the heart of the contrite ones."
The cross forever separates between the Kingdom of God and the kingdom of the world and it's god Satan. The cross forever separates between the word of God and word of the world, truth and error.
But it is more than that...we must set ourselves apart to study His word through the leading of the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 7:1 "Having these promises, let us cleanse ourselves from all filthiness of the flesh and spirit, perfecting holiness in the fear of the Lord."
2 Peter 1:2-4 "We have been given grace, peace, divine power, the knowledge of Him, great and precious promises, and all things pertaining to life and godliness that through these you may be partakers of the divine nature( holiness) having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust." (What an incredibly powerful portion of scripture!)
John 17:17 "Sanctify them (make them holy lit.) by Your truth, for Your word is truth." This shows that we need the word of God to lead us into holiness.
The body is a good servant under the instruction of God's word, but its a fearful master when left to it's own devices.
It's important to understand that the convocations of the Lord, like the Feasts, Shabbat and the like also separate and distinguish between God's ways and the worlds ways. This is also why all of the pagan rooted convocations of the modern church are pure evil. They identify the practitioners with Babylon, paganism and the devil himself.
In fact Exodus 31:13 Shabbat is a sign between God and you. It separates and identifies us as people of the Lord.
Holiness can never be achieved without serious personal disciple from the word and Godly leaders.
Hebrews 12:10 "For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best, to them, but He for our profit that we may be partakers of His holiness.
The Bible commands us to "test everything" This means we must separate the pure from the dirt.
I cut my spiritual teeth on some of the old-school fire and brimstone preachers of many years ago. If you read the sermons of Charles Finney, A.W. Tozer and some others from over a hundred years ago, you would swear they were talking about today. If those guys were so hard on error and sin back then, what would they say today?
Moving into holiness involves a battle. It involves an entire identity change so that we are separate from the world. Spiritual warfare is needed. The devil will always try to hinder us, but God has already prepared the way ahead for us, we just need the determination to press ever forward into the glorious presence of the living God.
2 Corinthians 3:18 'But we all with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as by the Spirit of the Lord."
You can't study the Bible diligently without being struck down by the high holiness of God.
Holiness is the way to God.
Yes, we're saved, made righteous and holy in our spirits in an instant, but there are no shortcuts to maturity and holiness of lifestyle. God will only do this work in us as we surrender to Him.
Once you have journeyed into holiness you can see sin clearly.
There is an impassable great gulf between our sin and God's holiness. It can only be traversed by the cross of Christ.
Bear in mind that Cain's offering was rejected while Abel's was accepted. The former was the way of humanism without sacrifice and the latter the way of blood sacrifice, a type of the cross.
The beauty of Holiness:
Exodus 19:6 "And you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests, a holy nation..."
Philippians 3:8 "I consider all things as loss compared to the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish (dung lit), that I may gain Christ."
If you really have the living God living in your heart, one of two things will happen. You will either be drawn by our Lord into every increasing dimensions of holiness or your sins will push our Lord further and further away from you. Our Lord is merciful and forgiving and a lot more than a God of a second chance, but there are limits.
Do you know why you battle to hear and know God's voice? Do you know why God seems distant? It's because you haven't fully comprehended the greatness and holiness of God. Your view of God is too low. You have a God created in your image.
When you see and comprehend the true living God in all His holiness, you can only be dethroned and brought down into helpless brokenness, crying out for His mercy and forgiveness.
"Woe is me for I am undone" is not the cry of the modern Christian, but it's the only way! This is where real enlightenment begins and where you begin to become useful to our Lord.
The beauty of holiness in your life makes you different, separate and extremely attractive to many in a sinful world. It's a powerful influence, that makes a deep impression, but will be scorned by the demon possessed.
By the way, holiness is also linked to health, both physically and mentally. When you are filled with holiness your mind will be at peace.
Your usefulness to God depends not on your words, but on your holiness. God will use a holy man in an unholy world.
Hunger for holiness and our great God will feed you!!
Holiness is exciting and inspiring, it gives you such zest and passion to fulfil your God created purpose. You can't have real joy without real holiness.
Holiness gives you assurance strength and confidence. It makes you unshakable in this shaking world. It justifies your election into God's kingdom.
Holiness also gives people an insight into your life.
Holiness gives you sight, and opens your ears to God's word, while sin impairs that sight, blinds and confuses you and makes you deaf to God.
Counterfeit holiness in the counterfeit church.
The counterfeit church is full of counterfeit holiness. It's full of scum, dirt, error, deception and all that is not of God but completely of man, the world and Satan.
Within the counterfeit church there will no distinction between Godly holiness and what the world calls good.
Isaiah 5:20 "Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness...Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes."
The above verse is the condemnation of the lukewarm and neutral church of 'Laodicea'. (Revelation 3)
Revelation 3:15 "I know your works that you are neither hot nor cold. I could wish that you were either hot or cold, so then because you are lukewarm and neither cold nor hot, I will spew you out of My mouth." This is the modern church that won't take a stand. God does and vomits it out!
Here is a church that is not neutral, and does take a stand. It takes a stand with the devil, with paganism and with the occult practises of Babylon. The surrounding verses identify this as the Catholic and other similar orthodox churches:
Revelation 2:22-23 "Indeed I will cast her into a sickbed and all who commit adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with death. And all the churches shall know that I am He who searches the minds and hearts..."
So, here we have God's assessment of the churches of these end times. Both the bland, neutral lukewarm churches and the pagan-filled churches are condemned by our Lord. The one is condemned because it is unholy and not separate and the other is condemned because it is unholy and is also not separate from evil.
Today there are too many churches who are changing the truth. Some water it down to make it more palatable to the masses and some change it by leaving out what they deem objectionable.
You are a very brave idiot if you change God's truth! The humble will submit and have God's truth change them!
Today, in the church we hear the words 'tolerance' and 'unconditional acceptance' instead of God's demand for holiness.
The church must be forever separated by the cross of Christ from everything and everyone that is not of God. Today the church does not get rid of its own paganism within, no wonder it welcomes in all manner of evil people, with their evil.
A low view of God produces a multitude of lesser evils. It's like a rot that sets in...you can't stop it.
The spiritual state today is chronic conformity and union with the world and it's god.
Sin is the "holiness" of the world and its spineless church leaders who are accepting and neutral to world.
How many people today are poor puppets of the devil in disguise!
Pride is the root of counterfeit holiness. It elevates self-will and dethrones God.
The holiness of God is a fearful thing indeed. The modern church has simply removed the holiness aspect of God from their preaching and teaching and the result is an overconfident church full of all manner of evil.
Let me share this tragedy with you. I know a church that preaches and teaches love, and good and nothing else. They mistakenly cite many examples of the how Jesus was all loving and all good.
This church, in the name of love and good has accepted homosexuals without any corrective word and now it's a gay church. Its a church where values have become relative to the world around us.
In the name of love and good it is now an institution of un-holiness.
Ultimate good and love must be based on truth. You see, actually our Lord didn't forgive the woman caught in adultery. He forgave her AND said "go and sin no more" In other words there was a command of repentance involved. Our Lord went around doing good, but He also condemned the practitioners of false doctrine heavily.
A very easy way to spot the counterfeit is to see how much emphasis there is on the cross. Today many churches are "enemies of the cross of Christ". Remove the cross and humanism with all its evil floods in.
As we die to self, the world system and the demonic we are progressively set free from the power of sin and un-holiness. Without the application of the cross all your good will amount to zero.
The future of all ungodliness (un-holiness) is Romans 1:18 "For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness (ungodliness) and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness."
The modern leaders of the church consult with one another and they consult with the world backed by its god. This they dress up and present to their congregations as God's will.
2 Corinthians 10:12 "For we dare not class ourselves or compare ourselves with those who commend themselves. But they, measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves among themselves are not wise."
►The opposite of holiness is not sin. Obviously sin is incorporated, but according to the definition of the word holiness, which is "separateness', the opposite would have to be union or unity with that which sinful, ungodly and evil. In fact everything, even good works outside of the cross are not accepted by God. So, in truth the opposite of holiness is union with everything outside of the cross of Christ.
The real reason people don't like holiness is so that they can bring God down to their level and make their union with sin acceptable. They love sin and darkness.
Some people are lucky and get bored with sin quickly, others get so trapped and possessed by sin that it's a major life-long battle to get free. But in the face of God's holiness and with the power of the cross at work, it is possible to get gloriously free and clean.
The blasphemous inter-faith movement is completely evil. It legitimises all religions making them all equally valid so that the world can co-exist in unity, with sin, in peace. If that were possible it would mean that that the crucifixion and shed blood of our Lord is meaningless.
Cross-less Christianity leads to a Christ-less eternity in hell.
Why is it so dangerous to have a man-made low view of God? Glad you asked! It's because that is the way onto a slippery slope ever downwards. How about this: "Because they glorified Him not as God, nor were thankful...their foolish hearts were darkened."
"Being tolerant of everything is the way to coexist in peace." I heard that blasphemous statement from an international so-called church leader the other day. If I could have, I would have stood up and yelled..."Yes you will coexists with Satan in hell, you viper!"
The emergent church movement has succumbed to the deception of its evil leaders. Rick Warren's "purpose driven" instructions on how to build a mega church are shocking indeed. There are 20 main points. Some of them include. "Remove all crosses from buildings and don't preach on the cross. Don't call meeting places churches but rather campuses. Change the music to modern rock music. Don't preach on sin, judgement, hell or even heaven. Eliminate prayer meetings is another satanically inspired dangerous deception.
The emergent church movement is filled with hatred and murder. This is because they remove God's warning signs, and present satanically empowered deception as salvation. Many people go to a church looking for God, His holiness and salvation. You're a murderer if you offer them death dressed up as life.
The leaders of this movement are true "enemies of the cross of Christ" and real good friends of the world and its god, bound for the wrath of true God.
They have removed the power of God (the cross) and mixed themselves with the ungodliness and un-holiness of the world. They are not 'separate' and 'apart' from the world, they are one with the world and its god.
The new worldwide 'emergent church' is a church of union with evil. It is a church of mixture. It is a movement legitimising evil, sin, unholy dirt and scum. This evil movement is no different to Buddhism, because of its universalist appeal. It is also supportive of the new Chrislam movement, which removes the deity of Christ and merges some aspects of Christianity with Islam.
Chrislam is a perfect example of mixture rather than separation into holiness.
Here is the first church of scum in the US:
Here is another hate and murder-filled counterfeit church in the US. In obedience to Rick Warren it changed its name from Christ Community Church to C3 Exchange and removed crosses from the building.
A cross on a building or around your neck is powerless, but there is much more to this issue and much more that is removed and changed that will get them into huge trouble with God.
Oddly the so-called pastor says the reason is to "make the church more inclusive" "We have been very open minded and accept Buddhists, atheists , Muslims and others. This is to symbolize our one love for all people."
Here is the cross being removed:
Why is all of this happening?
It sounds good and reasonable to fallen man. By the way, the failure of much of Christianity is a perfect fulfilment of many end time prophecies.
The duty of the pastor and teacher in the church is firstly to have encountered the holiness of God so that they can lead others into glory as well. If your church leader can't do this, you need to fly solo!
►The great tragedy is that many will get to the end of their lives and realise that they've given their lives over to an imposter and a counterfeit leader and been led down the wrong road.
The same evil spirit of Satan is and will fully occupy the world through universalism on the political front and mix universalism into inter-faith religion.
Only those who have encountered God's holiness and are thus separate from the spirit of the world are equipped and capable of representing God on this earth.
Holiness from a prophetic point of view.
Hidden within the messages to the seven churches in the Revelation, God has prophetically plotted the course of the church. It's not our purpose to go into all of them here. (See edition 11 for more) The third of the letters is to the church at Pergamos. The name means "thoroughly mixed" It represents the Constantine era when Satan began to mix error and paganism into the church.
This mixture or absence of separation, led to the creation of the Catholic church and the dark ages, which it was responsible for.
The reformation movement brought some enlightenment but the unholy Catholic-created mixture with paganism still remains in much of the church as seen in festivals like Christmas and Easter.
The seven letters show the failure of the unholy, un-separated church and the amazing victory of the true pure and holy church as represented in the letter to Philadelphia. Revelation 3:10 "Because you (Philadelphia) have kept My word, I will keep you from the hour of trial (tribulation) that will come upon the world."
We must today be, children of tomorrow. Our future is absolute holiness and perfection. Of course our Lord will give this to us on the completion of our salvation, but we must respond now to what is coming.
Holiness is the glorious future of God's new world and all of eternity.
It is the duty of church leadership to teach, instruct and demonstrate holiness. Today, it's given a passing mention by some, others never mention it, others still liken holiness to whatever the modern world thinks is acceptable.
Those who pursue holiness will always be in the minority.
Those who pursue holiness now will be glorified with eternal rewards.
1 Corinthians 3:12-15 "If anyone builds on this foundation (Jesus Christ) with gold silver precious stones, wood hay stubble, each one's work will become manifest for the Day will reveal it, because it will be revealed by fire...if anyone's work, endures he will receive a reward, if anyone's work is burned he will suffer loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire."
Hebrews 12:29 "Our God IS a consuming fire". A consuming fire burns up the "wood hay and stubble" and purifies what can't be consumed.
All my adult life I've been involved in the media world in some way. As a newspaperman I've seen the extremes of the good, the bad, and the ugly and been on the very pulse beat of Satan's world. After getting saved dramatically in 1976, I soon became aware that God's world of holiness was totally foreign to me. But it was immediately attractive. It took a major identity crisis and some huge decisions, and determination to change course onto God's new road.
I'm not perfect, but man-o-man, I wouldn't change this course for anything.
I was very blessed quite early in my life as a believer, to encounter some of the old-school, fire and brimstone, holiness preachers. I was battling with much sin from a lifestyle of abundance, excess and extreme worldliness. It was God within me that left me dread-struck and shattered in many ways, when I encountered His holiness presented by those preachers.
I was amazed to read of those preachers, being utterly shattered, overwhelmed and brought down when they encountered our God's holiness through their various experiences. I wanted that more than anything. In fact the more I see our Messiah, the more I want Him and His ways.
Modern day preachers are pussy-footing around the deadly issues of sin, miss-representing God, His word and the true church. They have no fear of God because they don't know Him and can't see Him. They have a fear of man alright, that's why they accommodate all of his sin. They learn and hand down the impure messages that have been spoon fed to them.
A person who has encountered the living God will be noticeably different from others. Just like Moses was forever changed after his encounter with God and Jacob was forever changed after his encounter, there will be the marks of a holy encounter on your life forever.
Those that take up their cross daily will have many scars, but they will have the beauty of holiness all around them like a sweet aroma.
The holiness of God is fearful but also so incredibly exciting and motivating. I am inspired by the knowledge of my God to drawn nearer and move forword with Him leading the way. Fearing Him and yet being comforted by Him is one of those glorious paradoxes of the Christian life.
The reason the church is such an unholy mess today is because it's preachers have capitulated to the spirit of the world in the name of love. They know what's on at the movies but these preachers don't know the basics of God's word. Their church services are man-made and man-orientated. They encourage complacency, acceptance and tolerance.
Only the truly holy can impart to others the desire for spiritual progress to holiness.
Only as we experience and know the holiness of God in our own lives can we see the world as a heap of cow dung with Satan and his people wallowing in it. We need this vision and sight so that we can bring people out of the dung and clean them up.
It's impossible to be a God fearing genuine Christian and love the world and it's ways. That's why the world will always be on a collision course with our Lord.
Holiness makes you right and at peace with God and in this world. We are to be in the world and not of it. In other words we are to be in the world but separate and apart from its spirit and ways.
To be right with God separates you and makes you gloriously odd in this world.
At the end of the day everyone is as holy as he or she wants to be.
If you are not drawn to God's holiness, you seriously need to consider whether the God of holiness is in your heart!
1 Corinthians 1:18 "For the message of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved, it is the power of God. For it is written: "I will destroy the wisdom of the wise...""
Psalm 93:5 "Your testimonies are very sure; Holiness adorns your house, O Lord forever."
Psalm 96:9 "Oh worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness! Tremble before Him all the earth."
Heaven or hell:
Hey Clint, you've done much to influence the values of people. I despise your industry, so I can't be objective, but I can ask you if you've done anything to influence the Lord of Glory and holiness? You will meet Him weather you believe it, want to or not. Will He say to you "Well done good and faithful servant"? If you, like the great majority in your industry are liberal humanists and universalists, I would hate to be in your place when God stares at you in all His glory and holiness!
Old man, you reached the ripe old age of 110 before you died. Right now would like to come back from your abode to make right with God, if you could? Are you now in eternal regret or in eternal glory? As you know now, there is nothing more important in life than salvation, while you had the opportunity. It's all signed sealed and delivered now isn't it?
Here's a painting by Raphael representing the last judgement. This will be the end of the road for all unbelievers, both small and great. The world's greatest celebrities and Hollywood stars will be there, as well as the insignificant poor people of all ages. It will be the fearful judgement of all who neglected to make right with God.
Kind regards and many blessings...Shalom and grow in grace!