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.
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.
Every 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.
As a holiness preacher (Christian preacher) we are all to convey the message of the bible to people REGARDLESS the impact on them and their reaction to us for telling it. It is never merciful to hold back the truth. For example, John the Baptist did that very thing:
For John had been saying to Herod, "It is not lawful for you to have your brother's wife." (Mark 6:18)That caused: (1) Herodias to want him dead and (2) brought John to an early death. Regardless what happened to John, the truth of scripture is always what is needed even if the hearers are Jews, Muslims, Catholics, prostitutes, thugs, killers, thieves, computer hackers, in remarriage adultery, etc. To truly help people, you must help them out of their religious deceptions with God's truth.
Finally, never forget that heart purity, needed to see God (Mt. 5:8), comes by faith in Jesus Christ (Acts 15:9). Too many wrongly think holiness preaching is saying you must dress with long sleeves down to your wrist, which even lost people can do! Certainly, Christians are to dress modestly, but the emphasis must be on the heart. Real holy living includes holy and pure motives, which God sees. When one is living holy, he will be set free from his sin addictions, which once held him bound (Rom. 6:22) and will be serving God -- doing his will here and now (1 Thess. 1:9; Mt. 7:21; etc.). Do you know any real holiness preachers?
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