Holiness preaching is best exemplified by the various sermons recorded in the Bible, especially in the Gospels and the Book Of Acts. The most powerful holiness preacher who ever lived was the Lord Jesus. Everything Jesus of Nazareth did was perfect, including his teachings on every single subject. He is the ultimate example of how to act, preach and teach.
How sad it is that some who desire to excel in holiness preaching have somehow been deceived by reading fallible and errant men like John Wesley, Charles Finney and others. To learn about holiness preaching and/or revival pattern yourself after the examples in the Bible. Some of the same people have been duped by the so-called open theism and moral government theology.
The Bible teaches a conditional security for the believer in Christ. The well-known and exalted preachers of the past or present are not the standard for anything, especially if they are Calvinists like Paul Washer or the cigar-smoking Charles Spurgeon who oppose a conditional security!
The Believer's Conditional Security
The Bible alone is final authority (2 Tim. 3:16,17) and will show us what to preach and believe on any subject, including holiness preaching. That message will lead to true converts to Christianity. Hence, it is a wise man who will cleave to the Scriptures alone and allow them to direct what is right or wrong and set the example in holiness preaching, etc. The preacher is to preach the Word (2 Tim. 4:2) and his judgment as a teacher will be more strict (James 3:1). Hence, this is very serious. It is not good to have zeal without knowledge (Prov. 19:2) or rush off to be a teacher when you are not ready.
The greatest threat to holiness is the doctrine of once saved always saved (also known as eternal security or the perseverance of the saints)! That rampant license to sin and heresy has been exalted to the pinnacle of importance by various false teachers of our day, while it is actually another gospel and doctrine of demons. Such wolves, among other things, actually teach that King David retained his salvation in his adultery and murder! In fact, some who claim to teach holiness in our widespread apostasy, actually teach that too and/or promote others who do! Spiritual treason is rampant. Be on your guard and learn the acid test question to detect a license for immorality teacher. Be assured, the Lord Jesus did NOT teach eternal security.
True Holiness Preaching Will Demolish Eternal Security
Since the Lord Jesus, God in the flesh, personally endorsed John the Baptist as the greatest born of women (Mt. 11:11), then John is the number two most important holiness preacher of all time. It may shock some to know that both the Lord Jesus and his forerunner (John the Baptist) preached identical at times messages:
The Epitome Of Holiness PreachingEvery tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mat 7:19)... Every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire. (Mat 3:10)Real holiness preaching declares fruit or fire. It also boldly denounces sin and call sinners to repentance, as clearly shown by the Lord Jesus and John. Their frequent mention of the fire of hell and damnation is also noteworthy, especially in our Catholic compromising era where the so-called spiritual leaders don't readily mention anything negative and tell jokes when preaching! NOTE: Levity, while preaching, is condemned (Titus 2:7,8). Preaching God's word is a serious issue and is to be done in a serious manner! Another similarity between the holiness preaching of the Lord Jesus and John is their denunciation of divorce and remarriage!For Herod himself had given orders to have John arrested, and he had him bound and put in prison. He did this because of Herodias, his brother Philip's wife, whom he had married. For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." (Mark 6:17,18)Anyone who divorces his wife and marries another woman commits adultery, and the man who marries a divorced woman commits adultery. (Luke 16:18)In our day, preaching that divorce and remarriage results in adultery (if the spouse is still alive) is almost unheard of! Why? Because many of the so-called holiness preachers in our day are in that situation themselves or can anticipate the ramifications of teaching such. They would rather allow SOULS to perish in that type of adultery than jeopardize their support and possible speaking engagements! Again, to recognize true holiness preaching, focus exclusively on the Bible alone and draw all conclusions from it to be safe and informed.
Finally, true holiness preaching and revival begins with the truth of God's word and will result with deep sorrow, turning away from sin (2 Cor. 7:10) and holy living. King Josiah is a prime example of that and no one had to preach to him! He just heard God's word read. To hear an audio sermon on this, click Josiah. (The Bible does not teach any laughing revival, as some think.) When a person gets washed by the blood of Jesus Christ he will be set free from his sin addictions. Remember: In a nushell, holiness preaching declares HOLINESS OR HELL.
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