The main thing that distinguishes God from everything else is His HOLINESS.
Compromised “Church-ianity” has been relentless in its attempt to bring God down to the human level, and raise man up to the divine level. Humanizing God and deifying man has minimized sin in the minds of church goers. Self-esteem, positive thinking, psychological coping techniques, and lesser “earthly” themes are diversions from the ultimate reality—eternal accountability to the HOLY GOD.
Corrupt congregations deny the majesty of God by disobeying His moral mandates. Seemingly, no sin is so outrageous as to offend modern sensibilities. Fornication, absentee fathers, adultery, drunkenness, militant feminism, and even Sodom in the sanctuary go unrebuked. The reason our nation is in free-fall is because of bankrupt religion. Discernment is at an all-time low. Sentiment has displaced Scripture. Culture is king—not Christ. Public opinion is valued more than personal integrity. Church membership seldom carries any responsibility. More often than not, race trumps grace. Societal norms are mimicked as the slide toward Gomorrah goes unchecked.
When churches condone what the Bible condemns they are assaulting God’s holiness. The mental gymnastics required to justify the unjustifiable would readily be detected in a spiritually sane environment. Direction in a ministry is not determined by what is taught, but by that which is tolerated. Sins that are tolerated today will be celebrated in time. Whatever is permitted is promoted. The sins of the fathers will impact the children and generations to follow.
The short term gains of accommodation are nothing compared to the eternal loss at the judgment seat. Those who choose comfort over character in the here-and-now will suffer unspeakable shock when standing before Him whose eyes are like flames of fire.
Our God is not a cosmic smiley face—He is “HOLY, HOLY, HOLY”. The earth and the very heavens will be shaken when He reveals Himself in dreadful severity. That’s why we have such stern warnings… “For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more shall not we escape, if we turn away from him that speaketh from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth…Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: FOR OUR GOD IS A CONSUMING FIRE” (Heb. 12:25-29).
The Bible sounds numerous warnings about holy wrath and impending judgment. “But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all HOLY CONVERSATION and godliness” (2 Peter 3:10-11).
To the unsaved holiness is unattractive, restrictive, repulsive, and harsh. The discomfort it brings to unconverted men is the reason churches misrepresent God by never mentioning this despised attribute—His unspeakable holiness.
Looking at history confirms that neglecting God’s holiness is the sure path to apostasy. Rarely do congregations which legitimize the illegitimate reverse course and turn back to the narrow way. In light of the eternal consequences, seek out a church with a backbone. Find one that not only claims to believe the Bible, but one that dares to PRACTICE TRUTH in a compromised age.
The black and white declarations in Scripture are non-negotiable. Any church which negates “Thus saith the Lord…” statements has crossed the line. Spurgeon said, “Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin.”
Breaking with what’s familiar is painful, but staying true to Christ is paramount. In eternity, we all will reckon with the choices we made in time. Furthermore, our earthly decisions will impact the eternal destination of others.
God is defined by holiness, and so are His followers. The inspired writer said, “Follow… holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord” (Heb. 12:14).