The Ignorance about the Holy Life
"The mind of sinful man is death, but the
mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace." (Rom. 8:6)
Modern Christians ignore the importance of holy
life. They consider that salvation is the ticket to heaven, and then they can
live whatever life style they like. Here are some fundamental reasons:
First, ignore the sinful nature is still in us.
The world tells us that committing a sin is not a big deal, and the church
tells us that we can get endless forgiveness, so that some Christians are
self-deceive and overestimate their own good. In fact, to deal with the
sinful nature of old-self is the first priority after we become Christians.
We have to strive to walk on the narrow way.
Second, ignore the purified work of the Holy
Spirit. Jesus said that the Holy Spirit will come to convict our sins (John
16: 8), so that we may live a holy life. But the Charismatic Movement taught
the Holy Spirit as a gift giver, and the Restoration Movement treated the
Holy Spirit as a craftsman. Christians who do not obey Holy Spirit will lose
the power to pursue holiness.
Third, ignore the completeness of the salvation.
When we preach the Gospel, we often emphasize the salvation of the soul,
which hints that we will be exempted from the eternal judgment in the future,
without emphasizing the need to be saved from our sinful life now. This kind
of diluted gospel does not correctly teach people from the beginning to
repent their sins.
Fourth, ignore the grace of holy life. We explain
grace only as receiving benefits from God, and do not speak the power to
prevail over sins; as if God did not care about our sins. Or we regard
holiness as legalism and try to live inside a framework of regulation; we do
not realize that the grace is what Christ has accomplished, and all we need
to do is to experience Him.
Fifth, ignore that the holiness is the
requirement to see God (Heb. 12:14). Today, the church focus too much on the
feelings in the worshiping God, and try to make people feel satisfied; focus
on only God's love without God's righteousness; focus on the purpose of life
is to enjoy the grace of God rather than to live for Christ.
Sixth, ignore the fundamental meaning of being a
disciple. There are too many things to do in the world, everything has to be
quick, even the sanctification has been simplified. It produces nominal
Christians who are not able to conquer temptations. They are not follower of
the Lord Jesus, let alone to live for Him.
If churches want revival, the only way
is to pursue holiness by relying on Holy Spirit, not ourselves.