Ramblings of a warrior on a long walk to Kingdom come.
I've found the perfect holiness theme song... enjoy!
I think I would take you 'holiness' people far more seriously if it wasn't very much like this video illustrates - all about proclaiming your own perfection and superiority, rather than being thankful for God's grace and mercy.
yeah - that's the point... it's funny! The thing that repulses people about holiness is when it is based on their own perfect behaviour instead of the great abundant life that God wants to pour in and out of us... glad you got it. Danielle
The problem I see is that many in this blogging holiness world seem to be very much on the Mary Poppins line, so if you are one of the leaders and drivers of this 'movement' I think you need to do a better job of educating others on what holiness actually is (that's if you know the answer yourself). Because what I generally read is people watering down the definition of sin in order to be able to proclaim themselves as holy, and then using that position to put down those that they consider the unholy, worldly rabble that populate the Salvation Army.
Anonymous - please don't remain anonymous. How can constructive dialogue be carried forth if we're hiding our identity? I agree that pious lip service to true holiness is a sham, but to attack individuals is not the answer.Friend, I would think that you would be thrilled to know that there is within our dear old Army a renewed passion and enthusiasm for Biblical holiness and purity of heart. There are among our ranks people, young and old who are seeking after a life of holiness that that was espoused by Wesley, Brengle and the like.Don't spew malice poison, rather offer prayers of intercession on the behalf of those who are earnestly seeking as well as those who haven't a notion of looking for Christ. Pray for the Holy Spirit to bring unity rather than division.
Dear Anonymous, I'm with Rob (who incidentally I don't know - hi there!).Also encourage you to embrace the practice of holiness in your discontentedness....Hopefully we're all seeking the same saviour - and whilst that may look and sound different for each of us, we will all grow in our expressions and understanding of holiness when we keep our eyes and focus on him and our common sinfulness and consequent redemption, rather than criticising the views of another's journey.God made us all different to bring out the vast flavours and expressions of himself. Let's not wish for a bland world, but a vibrant one that embraces others and encourages them to grow in their personal encounters with Jesus and consequent personal transformation. It's true that the under the law the consequences of sin are death - but also remember that we are not under law, but under grace. We have been set free from the law of sin and death and been released into the law of the spirit - which is life. It's hard for us to fully grasp that so we often add conditions and religious expectations onto this freedom and make it something to be earned, or gained, or something we strive for - but the reality its not about what we do - but all about what he did - and ultimately, Jesus didn't spend his ministry proclaiming sin and death, but rather proclaiming life and freedom. I would love to hear what your opinions on holiness are.....Would be interested in engaging with you further on this. Please feel free to your opinions, but be prepared to own them by attaching your identity.Much grace, Michelle WhiteMacquarie Fields Salvos
On a lighter note, I had the privilege of seeing this on Broadway and it was absolutely fabulous (the whole musical, not just this song...)
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