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Be Ye Holy
This evening I want to share with you something that is one of the fundamental messages of the C.C.C.U doctrine. Really, it is what sets us apart from many other churches and types of theology. It’s one of the distinguishing marks if not the distinguishing mark, of our heritage. I’m talking about the doctrine of holiness or entire sanctification.
when I was asked why I wanted to have my preaching license with the churches of christ in christian union I told them because of what we believe and stand for concerning entire sanctification and holiness (EXPOUND AS LORD LEADS)
So What is holiness?
What does it mean to be entirely sanctified?
In the year 1741 John Wesley, the founder of Methodism and the man who I believe to be one of the top authorities ever on this topic preached a sermon entitled “Christian Perfection.” In that message Wesley defined holiness in this way:
1. Purity of intention, dedicating all the life to God;
2. All the mind which was in Christ, enabling us to walk as Christ walked; the renewal of the heart in the image of God;
3. Loving God with all our heart, and our neighbor as ourselves.
now As a holiness denomination we believe that all men have sinned.
There is not a single individual in this room that can claim to be sinless.
Paul says, We have all sinned and come short of the glory of God.
And the wages of sin is death.
so All of us have sinned and if we got what we deserved then we would be sentenced to an eternity in hell.
But God has made a way for us to be forgiven of our sins.
In that while we were yet sinners Christ died for us.
We can have our slate wiped clean because Jesus Christ has already paid the price for our sin.
We can be saved from our sins and from our rightful punishment.
This is called salvation.
It’s God’s work of grace in the lives of sinners.
But also as a holiness denomination we believe that there is a second work of grace. This second work of Gods grace is called entire sanctification.
And this morning I want to share with you about this work.
I want to share with you about holiness.
C.S. Lewis once said, “How little people know who think that holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.”
a lot of people feel that this doctrine is too old fashioned.