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BE YE HOLY**

 
 
Be Ye Holy!
 
 
 
1 Pet 1:3Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ; 14 As obedient children, not fashioning yourselves according to the former lusts in your ignorance: 15But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; 16Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. 
 
The great and living God that we serve is Holy! I personally believe that modern Laodicean  Christians have tried much too hard to make God a friend to sinners and acceptable to the world. In so doing we have destroyed the clearly revealed truth of his Holiness. My friend if you’re saved today the living God that you serve is a Holy God! And I am afraid that is a lost message in our time.
 
Habak 1:2 Art thou not from everlasting, O LORD my God, mine Holy One? we shall not die. O LORD, thou hast ordained them for judgment; and, O mighty God, thou hast established them for correction. 13Thou art of purer eyes than to behold evil, and canst not look on iniquity:
 
Our God is a perfectly Righteous and Holy God that hates sin. And when that sin resides in a person that comes to the knowledge of the truth, and he or she refuse to repent, then God hates the unholy sinner!
 
Rom 9:13 As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated.14What shall we say then? Is there unrighteousness with God? God forbid. 15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
 
My prayer is that through the truth of this message you may clearly see and understand that the Holiness of God, who will with his Holy righteous anger and Holy indignation condemn a sinner to flames of Hell, or with a Holy love and a Holy sacrifice substitute himself in the person of the Lord Jesus Christ for any repentant sinner that will receive him.
 
Ps 16:10 For thou wilt not leave my soul in hell; neither wilt thou suffer thine Holy One to see corruption.
 
Because God is Holy, he himself has endured the flames of our earned and eternal damnation, so we may receive the glorious gift of his eternal salvation. 
Josh 24:19And Joshua said unto the people, Ye cannot serve the LORD: for he is an holy God; he is a jealous God; he will not forgive your transgressions nor your sins. 20 If ye forsake the LORD, and serve strange gods, then he will turn and do you hurt, and consume you, after that he hath done you good. 
 
When have we ever heard a minister of the Gospel in recent times expound the truth of that text in the light of the New Testament?
 
1 Cor 11:29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord’s body. 30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.31For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. 32 But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world.
 
Notice that we are to Judge ourselves, not one another, I myself have seen the Judgment of God on many Christians that refuse to judge themselves over and over again, and I know that most Christians would not believe the truth of it even though a man tell it unto you!
 
Ecclesiastes 10:1Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. 2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left. 3Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.
 
I have noticed over the years of my ministry that the preachers who believe that salvation is the same in the Old Testament as it is in the New Testament suddenly become dispensationalists, when they find a scripture they do not like in the Old Testament that deal with our conduct before God in Holiness.
 
Ps 7:11 God judgeth the righteous, and God is angry with the wicked every day.
 
Yet, often today’s dispensationalist also dismiss many Old Testament scriptures that deal with our personal conduct and have nothing to do with our Salvation. A Holy God is never pleased with wicked conduct of Saints or Sinners and has clearly consigned the lost unredeemed sinners to the loss of their eternal soul, in an eternal damnation in the lake of fire, and the redeemed who walk not in the spirit, to the loss of their reward at the Judgment seat of Christ!
 
2Co 5:10 For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad. 11 Knowing therefore the terror of the Lord, we persuade men; but we are made manifest unto God; and I trust also are made manifest in your consciences.
 
Could this error be the cause of a carnal nature that is embarrassed by the revelation of God’s Holiness before the world of the unjust?
 
Lu 16:15 And he said unto them, Ye are they which justify yourselves before men; but God knoweth your hearts: for that which is highly esteemed among men is abomination in the sight of God.
 
The Almighty is neither ashamed or embarrassed by his Holiness, rather His Holy Bible, proclaims it in both the Old And New Testament!
 
1 Sam 6:20b Who is able to stand before this holy LORD God? 
 
This lack of respect and/or the lack of understanding in the Church of God for the Holy nature of God is often corrupting the message of Gospel and corrupting the Body of Jesus Christ. That is an eternal shame because it is a special character belonging only to the God of pure virtue!  
 
1 Sam 2:2There is none holy as the LORD: for there is none beside thee: 
 
The Gospel message that was preached by the Apostle Paul is quite different than the popular Gospel of our day. The Gospel that saved my soul was a Gospel that taught me God was Holy and I must repent of my lack of Holiness and look by faith to the Lord Jesus Christ as my only hope of Salvation and Justification. 
 
Acts 20:21 Testifying both to the Jews, and also to the Greeks, repentance toward God, and faith toward our Lord Jesus Christ. 
 
Without a Godly sorrow that brings forth a cry to God, be merciful to me a sinner, the deceived soul is on his way to a Devils Hell!
 
2Co 7:10 For godly sorrow worketh repentance to salvation not to be repented of: but the sorrow of the world worketh death.
 
Today’s modern Gospel taught by many evangelicals and tolerated by the body of Jesus Christ is basically ask Jesus into your heart he is a real good guy and he will save you from Tobacco, Democrats, Hollywood and Hillary Clinton!
Mt 1:21 And she shall bring forth a son, and thou shalt call his name JESUS: for he shall save his people from their sins.
 
I do not know if some Christians can comprehend this truth, but the Lord was crucified many centuries before people of European descent knew tobacco existed, Hillary was running for office as a democrat or Hollywood was filming its whoredom and murder movies!
 
            Psalm 99:9  Exalt the LORD our God, and worship at his holy hill; for the LORD our God is holy.
 
That Gospel is at its best is disrespectful to the Holiness of God, and at its very worst is damnable to the soul that receives it, because without a Godly sorrow to repentance there is no salvation. 
 
Lu 13:1 ¶ There were present at that season some that told him of the Galilaeans, whose blood Pilate had mingled with their sacrifices. 2 And Jesus answering said unto them, Suppose ye that these Galilaeans were sinners above all the Galilaeans, because they suffered such things? 3 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish. 4 Or those eighteen, upon whom the tower in Siloam fell, and slew them, think ye that they were sinners above all men that dwelt in Jerusalem?5 I tell you, Nay: but, except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish.
 
Yes, our Lord is most certainly a friend to sinners, but his goodness and his forbearance leads us to repentance because the God we serve is a Holy God!
 
Rom 2:4 Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance?
 
When Christians fail to understand the Holiness of God they fail to understand that the faith and the grace of God does not exempt us from his Holiness, rather they demand it of us who are redeemed by the Holiness of God’s Grace and Mercy!
 
Romans 6:1 What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein? 
 
If you’re a child of God you should stop living like a heathen, God is often forbidding what men are permitting.
 

Rom 6:14 For sin shall not have dominion over you: for ye are not under the law, but under grace. 15 What then? shall we sin, because we are not under the law, but under grace? God forbid.
 
Truly as trophies of his Grace the ordnances of the law are not for us, but as followers of the Lamb the Holiness of the Law is our reasonable service.
 
1 thess 4:7 For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness.
 
The Apostle who was given the Gospel of our salvation in grace and faith declared himself to not being without law to God, but under the Law of Christ!
 
1Co 9:21 To them that are without law, as without law, (being not without law to God, but under the law to Christ,) that I might gain them that are without law.
 
Friend, the casual reader of God’s word can clearly see what many Christians are denying today!
 
1 Thess 3:13 To the end he may stablish your hearts unblameable in holiness before God, even our Father, at the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ with all his saints.
 
If you are a child of God’s Grace, and a follower of the Lamb, born again of incorruptible seed, then you should know he did not come to destroy the law but to fulfill the law! 
 
Mt 5:17 Think not that I am come to destroy the law, or the prophets: I am not come to destroy, but to fulfil.
 
The letter of the law was done away in Jesus Christ, however, the righteous of the law is found in the Lord Jesus Christ! God’s grace in the Lord Jesus Christ does not void God’s righteousness, it exults it and it glorifies God’s righteousness!
 
Rom 3:31Do we then make void the law through faith? God forbid: yea, we establish the law.
 
You have probably not had the opportunity to notice in the last few years, but years ago when ever a man of God started to preach on the Holiness of God and the need for his people to be Holy there was a foul cry of legalism! And to that wickedness we cry a spirit most foul, most heinous and hideous with your desire of the illegal!
 
1 pet 2:9 But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should show forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 
         If you have ever hear those foul and the unclean Spirits cry with dissembling lips the wicked cry of legalism. Well this truth I know of a certainty, legalism and legalist are not found in the Holy word of God, but Holy and Holiness are found in both Old and New Testaments and throughout the word of God.  
 
Rom 7:12 Wherefore the law is holy, and the commandment holy, and just, and good. 13Was then that which is good made death unto me? God forbid. But sin, that it might appear sin, working death in me by that which is good; that sin by the commandment might become exceeding sinful.
 
My friend my understanding of a legalist if there is such a fellow is one who strains at a Nat to swallow a camel and then will send you to hell with a doctrine of works!
 
Ga 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh.
 
However, a religious nut sometimes a fundamentalist who is obsessed with woman’s clothing standards and long hair on men or a coward who shows his compromise in the face of national sin by telling you how faithful to God he is by not wearing a pink shirt when his speech in witness or rebuke to sin should be Holy before God and Man!
 
1Co 6:9 ¶ Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.
 
Today every Christians speech should be Holy unto the Lord but especially those in administration!
 
Isa 58:1 ¶ Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.
 
The responsibility of all of God’s people is to Glorify God in his Holiness and to stand against the evil of sin and not hide from the wrath, rejection and anger of sinners. This is the heritage and honor that belongs to the whole body of Christ and every local congregation!
 
2Ti 2:19 Nevertheless the foundation of God standeth sure, having this seal, The Lord knoweth them that are his. And, Let every one that nameth the name of Christ depart from iniquity.
 
Christians are to reprove sinners in the grace of God and the love of the truth warning them in Godliness and Holiness! With a Holy Spirit that seeks there redemption not their damnation!
 
Eph 5:11 And have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.
 
My friend holiness is not the repugnant, boring, false ritual of negative piety. 
 

The Lord is in his Holy Temple! Nor a false humility of professional nice!
 
Mt 15:8 This people draweth nigh unto me with their mouth, and honoureth me with their lips; but their heart is far from me.
 
The Lord was very clear, one might say extremely clear, if you truly loved him and are not just saying it, you would keep his commandments!
 
Joh 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
 
The great outrage before our lord today in the body is not the truth that we would not always keep his commandments because of the infirmity of our flesh. For this truth his grace is given to us in the weakness of our sinful flesh!
 
2Co 12:9 And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee: for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  
 
The outrage today is that most saved Christians do not even know what the commandments of the Lord Jesus Christ are!
 
Joh 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
 
Nor do they know how many of them there are! Well there are 49 of them, 47 which have to do with our fellowship with him! Only two deal with salvation, and of the two just given repentance deals both in salvation and restoration to a Holy walk! The commandments of our Lord are: follow me, rejoice, let your light shine, honor God’s law, be reconciled, do not lust, keep your word, go the second mile, love your enemies, be perfect, give prayer, fast secretly, lay up treasures, seek the kingdom of God. (Righteousness, peace, joy in the Holy Ghost) if you’re saved it is within you, but you must still seek it! Judge not, but where you must judge, judge righteousness judgment, do not cast your pearls before the swine, ask seek knock, do for others, choose the narrow way, beware of false prophets, pray for laborers, be wise as serpents, fear not, hear God’s voice, take my yoke, honor your parents, beware of leaven deny yourself, despise not, go to offenders, beware of covetousness, forgive offenders, honor marriage, be servant of all, be a house of prayer! Now do not be a legalist, you might count our Lord's truths differently and come to a slightly different number, the issue is knowing your savior Jesus Christ the Holy one of God! 
 
1Co 8:1 ¶ Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
 
Neither is true holiness a super spirituality or the use of pious platitudes. I say these truths under the light of gospel of the grace of God. As we are no longer to wash our brothers feet physically as our lord Jesus Christ did, but spiritually as the gospel of the grace of God in Jesus Christ teaches us to do!
 
Ga 6:1 Brethren, if a man be overtaken in a fault, ye which are spiritual, restore such an one in the spirit of meekness; considering thyself, lest thou also be tempted.
 
Holiness is not being aloof or acting cold and austere:
 
Isa 65:5 Which say, Stand by thyself, come not near to me; for I am holier than thou. These are a smoke in my nose, a fire that burneth all the day.
 
If a soul desires to serve God in holiness, you are not keep your distance, but condescend to the need of servants of the lord or the lost, seeking to bring them to Jesus Christ, a Christian needs to be available and approachable to the needful.
 
Ro 12:16 Be of the same mind one toward another. Mind not high things, but condescend to men of low estate. Be not wise in your own conceits.
 
Holiness has never been the claiming of the super spectacular. Today is not a time for fraudulent healing lines, but for Holy prayer altars!
 
Php 4:6 Be careful for nothing; but in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.
 
It is not the fraudulent hand without power, but the fervent prayer of the righteous man in faith, that is for our time!
 
Jas 5:15 And the prayer of faith shall save the sick, and the Lord shall raise him up; and if he have committed sins, they shall be forgiven him.
In Holiness we are not to attempt to meet the needs of the fraudulent!
 
2Th 3:10 For even when we were with you, this we commanded you, that if any would not work, neither should he eat.
 
However, the Lord will supply all our needs in his Holiness where we have Godly compassion on those who are truly in need!
 
1Jo 3:17 But whoso hath this world's good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?
 
Many Christian’s today are lusting for fire to fall from heaven rather than the fire to burn in their soul.
 
Lu 24:32 And they said one to another, Did not our heart burn within us, while he talked with us by the way, and while he opened to us the scriptures?
 
Holiness is not a list of do's and don’ts!
 
Col 2:20 Wherefore if ye be dead with Christ from the rudiments of the world, why, as though living in the world, are ye subject to ordinances, 21 (Touch not; taste not; handle not; 22 Which all are to perish with the using;) after the commandments and doctrines of men?
 
What is Holiness? My friend you will have no better description of holiness than this:
Psalm 119:1 Blessed are the undefiled in the way, who walk in the law of the LORD.2  Blessed are they that keep his testimonies, and that seek him with the whole heart.3  They also do no iniquity: they walk in his ways.
 
Simply put, holiness is righteous moral wholeness with God! 
 
Psalm 15:1 LORD, who shall abide in thy tabernacle? who shall dwell in thy holy hill?2 He that walketh uprightly, and worketh righteousness, and speaketh the truth in his heart.3 He that backbiteth not with his tongue, nor doeth evil to his neighbour, nor taketh up a reproach against his neighbour.4 In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt, and changeth not. He that putteth not out his money to usury, nor taketh reward against the innocent. He that doeth these things shall never be moved.
 
Holiness is learning to glory in God, not in man!
 
Jer 9:24But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
 
A Holy man can be trusted:
 
John 17:3And this is life eternal, that they might know thee the only true God, and Jesus Christ, whom thou hast sent. 4I have glorified thee on the earth: I have finished the work which thou gavest me to do. 5And now, O Father, glorify thou me with thine own self with the glory which I had with thee before the world was.
 
Have you ever noticed today how many sweet, nice, pious Christian people make vows and then never keep or complete those vows?
 
Ecc 5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed. 5Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay. 6Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands? 
 
A Holy Man can be tested.
 
Heb 5:8Though he were a Son, yet learned he obedience by the things which he suffered; 9And being made perfect, he became the author of eternal salvation unto all them that obey him;
 
Without holiness a man cannot see God, even when he falsely claims to!
Heb 12:14Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.
 
         May I have the audacity to submit to you and tell you clearly that every ministry of the Gospel without Holiness is a ministry without God?
 
Psalm 24:3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the LORD? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4    He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully.5 He shall receive the blessing from the LORD, and righteousness from the God of his salvation.
 
What is Holiness?  Holiness is positive and negative, it is all of God’s, goodness and righteousness and truth; it is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.
 
1Co 8:1 ¶ Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
 
It is also living in God’s justice, bearing his cross, separating from the world while calling the world to Jesus Christ.
 
Jer 9:24 But let him that glorieth glory in this, that he understandeth and knoweth me, that I am the LORD which exercise lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness, in the earth: for in these things I delight, saith the LORD.
 
My friend may you be assured we are saved by God’s grace, and kept by God’s grace, to grow in God’s grace, unto Holiness!
 
Ro 6:18 Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.19 I speak after the manner of men because of the infirmity of your flesh: for as ye have yielded your members servants to uncleanness and to iniquity unto iniquity; even so now yield your members servants to righteousness unto holiness.
 
When we are filled with the Spirit of God we are filled with a Holy Spirit or it is simply not God’s spirit!
 
1 Thess 4:8He therefore that despiseth, despiseth not man, but God, who hath also given unto us his holy Spirit.
 
This is the missing message of our day and time.
 
1 Cor 15:34Awake to righteousness, and sin not; for some have not the knowledge of God: I speak this to your shame.
 
My friend might I remind you the Holy word of God came to us when Holy men of God were moved by the Holy Ghost!
 
2 peter 2:21For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
 
There is little Joy in Christians today because there is little holiness in the lives of his people.
 
         Isa 30:29Ye shall have a song, as in the night when a holy solemnity is kept; and gladness of heart, as when one goeth with a pipe to come into the mountain of the LORD, to the mighty One of Israel.
 
         So, today the great effort in the body of Jesus Christ is to whip up Joy (excitement) in the life of the saints through entertainment, but it will not work!
 
Isa 9:3 Thou hast multiplied the nation, and not increased the joy: they joy before thee according to the joy in harvest, and as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
 
The Joy of the Lord is spiritual, it will only come to men spiritually, and only after righteousness, brings peace, first in salvation, then in a walk in the spirit!
 
Ro 14:17 For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.
 
As light is the essence of the sun, Holiness is the essences of God!
 
Exodus 15:11Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders.
 
May I submit to you in the greater part that our modern Laodicea churches make our Holy God sick, because the priesthood which is in the New Testament is every saved born again Christian violate the Holiness of his law with impunity and the profane the holy things of God with indifference?
 
Ezek 22:6 Her priests have violated my law, and have profaned mine holy things: they have put no difference between the holy and profane, neither have they showed difference between the unclean and the clean, and have hid their eyes from my sabbaths, and I am profaned among them. 
 
We never hear much about holiness in the children of the saints any more yes, sir, no sir, thank you sir, may I sir, if you please sir.
 
Isa 3:12 As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths.
 
Is it not an abomination before God that many a minister of the gospel must remind Christians to think of God’s Holiness and another’s peace by continually asking unholy self-centered brute beast to turn off their cell phones while in church!
 
1Ti 3:14 ¶ These things write I unto thee, hoping to come unto thee shortly:15 But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.
 
Which courtesy ought to be inherent in the nature of Godliness and courtesy.
 
Ho 4:1 ¶ Hear the word of the LORD, ye children of Israel: for the LORD hath a controversy with the inhabitants of the land, because there is no truth, nor mercy, nor knowledge of God in the land.2 By swearing, and lying, and killing, and stealing, and committing adultery, they break out, and blood toucheth blood.3 Therefore shall the land mourn, and every one that dwelleth therein shall languish, with the beasts of the field, and with the fowls of heaven; yea, the fishes of the sea also shall be taken away. 4 Yet let no man strive, nor reprove another: for thy people are as they that strive with the priest.
 
My friend, we need Holiness in the marriage today!
 
Mt 19:8 He saith unto them, Moses because of the hardness of your hearts suffered you to put away your wives: but from the beginning it was not so.
 
In the Scriptures divorce arises from hardness of the human heart!
 
Mr 10:5 And Jesus answered and said unto them, For the hardness of your heart he wrote you this precept. 6 But from the beginning of the creation God made them male and female. 7 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and cleave to his wife; 8 And they twain shall be one flesh: so then they are no more twain, but one flesh. 9 What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder.
 
The answer for divorce is humility; a soft heart, in Holiness, not a soft head.
 
Mal 2:14 Yet ye say, Wherefore? Because the LORD hath been witness between thee and the wife of thy youth, against whom thou hast dealt treacherously: yet is she thy companion, and the wife of thy covenant.15 And did not he make one? Yet had he the residue of the spirit. And wherefore one? That he might seek a godly seed. Therefore take heed to your spirit, and let none deal treacherously against the wife of his youth.16 For the LORD, the God of Israel, saith that he hateth putting away: for one covereth violence with his garment, saith the LORD of hosts: therefore take heed to your spirit, that ye deal not treacherously.
 
We need Holiness with the opposite sex!
 
Ge 39:7 ¶ And it came to pass after these things, that his master's wife cast her eyes upon Joseph; and she said, Lie with me. 8 But he refused, and said unto his master's wife, Behold, my master wotteth not what is with me in the house, and he hath committed all that he hath to my hand;
 
That is the answer to adultery and fornication
 
Heb 13:4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
 
We need holiness with our children!
 
Pr 22:6 ¶ Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.
 
That is the answer to child abuse and lack of discipline it is the spirit of this Old Testament text not the doctrinal application.
 
Lu 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.
 
We simply need Holiness in our conduct.
 
1 Thess 4:4That every one of you should know how to possess his vessel in sanctification and honour; 5Not in the lust of concupiscence, even as the Gentiles which know not God:
 
If you’re not interested in a Holy life with a Holy obligation to step down and become a servant of a Holy God, a God that was himself obedient to the death, then don’t go into the pastorate or other offices of administration at the behest of men!
 
Php 2:8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.
 
God is not certainly not calling you, some other glory seeker is!
 
1Ti 1:12 ¶ And I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who hath enabled me, for that he counted me faithful, putting me into the ministry;
 
Today many unholy Christians are encouraging other Christians to go into the ministry simply because they have missed the truth of Gods Holy and Sacred word-  that every Christian is called into the ministry of the Gospel to be a servant of God!
 
Eph 4:11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers ;12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
 
The work of the ministry is to be accomplished by the Body of Jesus Christ as it is led by men that are called or led by the Holy Spirit and placed by God’s Holy Spirit in the ministry of administration and proclamation and not by men who are seeking the glory of the position of administration and proclamation rather than the service of the office of administration and proclamation! Human ambition can never be Godly Submission!
 
Heb 5:4 And no man taketh this honour unto himself, but he that is called of God, as was Aaron.
 
Be it an old testament calling or a new testament leading of Holy Spirit the man now in the ministry of Administration and proclamation without God’s enabling needs to return to the congregation and submit himself to the God called or God lead man of God!
 
1Ti 3:1 This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work.
 
The call or the leading to the pastorate including all subordinate pastors to the bishop or the evangelist (including missionaries for that is what an evangelist is first is in his office)  must be called or led of God alone!
Ac 13:2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. 4 ¶ So they, being sent forth by the Holy Ghost, departed unto Seleucia; and from thence they sailed to Cyprus.
 
Only the God called or God led man will survive the calamities that will befall him in the ministry and remain faithful to God! All others will stumble and not rise again either they will depart the service or compromise there service!
 
Pr 24:16 For a just man falleth seven times, and riseth up again: but the wicked shall fall into mischief.      
 
The just man will always make the sacrifice required to make right the error of his walk so as to please him who has called or led him into his service!
 
2Sa 24:24 And the king said unto Araunah, Nay; but I will surely buy it of thee at a price: neither will I offer burnt offerings unto the LORD my God of that which doth cost me nothing. So David bought the threshingfloor and the oxen for fifty shekels of silver.
 
Administration in the ministry requires a Godly character, a Holy man of God will first attempt to restore another man’s flock to him before receiving the straying sheep of another Pastor!
 
Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
 
I had a very interesting conversation with a certain lady recently.  It involved an historical event in my church.  She alleges that a certain girl years ago came to their church by way of a phone call from a man from our church history. Now, I as the Pastor of our church led both the lady and the man from our church, to Jesus Christ years ago. And you might think it strange as I do that a man from my church (who I led to Jesus Christ) would recommend the young lady go to a stranger's church.  At that time I did not know this woman with whom I was speaking. Well the young girl's fellowship with our church was broken by sin, and rather than seeking to attempt to restore the breach, the man from my church  sought to lead her away from her church by contacting the lady of another church, in order to receive gain of some sort, rather than to seek a restoration!
 
Pr 1:19 So are the ways of every one that is greedy of gain; which taketh away the life of the owners thereof.
 
This certain lady also alleged that the man eventually took twenty thousand dollars from them with a promise to build a church for them and never did the work he agreed to do for all that money which they foolishly gave him!
 
Ex 23:4 If thou meet thine enemy's ox or his ass going astray, thou shalt surely bring it back to him again. 
 
When any pastor or church receives a straying member of similar Biblical faith without first attempting a complete restoration to the church from which they came, they open themselves up to all kinds of negative calamities.  This particular case is one of the most costly I have ever witnessed. Had the attempt to restore the breach (that came by sin) been made, the ensuing calamities from sin would never have followed.  There is even more to this situation that I have not revealed in this illustration.
 
Pr 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
 
A Christ like spirit is a spirit that seeks to restore the breach!
 
Isa 58:11 And the LORD shall guide thee continually, and satisfy thy soul in drought, and make fat thy bones: and thou shalt be like a watered garden, and like a spring of water, whose waters fail not.12 And they that shall be of thee shall build the old waste places: thou shalt raise up the foundations of many generations; and thou shalt be called, The repairer of the breach, The restorer of paths to dwell in.
 
           However, many saved Christians today only want God in their lives for what they might receive from Him in their redemption and their prosperity. The truth that is often missed is that true earthly prosperity and true spiritual prosperity coming from God, requires a true delight in the Lord and his ways!
        
Isa 58:14 Then shalt thou delight thyself in the LORD; and I will cause thee to ride upon the high places of the earth, and feed thee with the heritage of Jacob thy father: for the mouth of the LORD hath spoken it.
 
This certain lady also alleges that she was naive and trusted people when she should not have trusted them.  To that I certainly agree!
 
Pr 25:19 Confidence in an unfaithful man in time of trouble is like a broken tooth, and a foot out of joint.
 
She also alleges, with what appears to be some shock, that another family is now leaving their church, that also came to their church from my church! That seems strange to me that there should be shock as I told the pastor that this certain family would not stay!  In this case, if they had they tried to restore the family by calling me they would have found restoration not possible because it was doctrinal issues. They then would have understood why I said that this family would not stay with them.  You see,  I believe the pastor and his wife to be doctrinally brothers and sisters in Christ! Sometime after this family left,  I had attended one of this Pastor's events.  He spoke to me about this family and I told him there was nothing to be done as there was no possibility to restore.  They were never truly my people. For me, their departure was sad, as I would have loved to have them be my people, however, from the beginning  it was not so! I knew from the beginning it would only be a matter of time, in this case they remained much longer that I expected and they behaved themselves well while in my church, which is quite rare today!
 
2Ti 4:3 For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;
 
Wordily wisdom says to never look a gift horse in the mouth! However, the Greeks gave the citizens of Troy a Trojan horse as a gift to the city of Troy for their Destruction!
 
Pr 15:27 He that is greedy of gain troubleth his own house; but he that hateth gifts shall live.
 
The world has another proverb that is much more Biblical and needs to be received, be very wary of Greeks bearing gifts!
 
Pr 17:23 A wicked man taketh a gift out of the bosom to pervert the ways of judgment.
 
This lady also alleges that many of the pastors in a certain city by us are angry with each other and they are receiving members from each other’s church without first attempting to restore the breach!
Ps 133:1 ¶ A Song of degrees of David. Behold, how good and how pleasant it is for brethren to dwell together in unity! 2 It is like the precious ointment upon the head, that ran down upon the beard, even Aaron's beard: that went down to the skirts of his garments; 3 As the dew of Hermon, and as the dew that descended upon the mountains of Zion: for there the LORD commanded the blessing, even life for evermore.
 
This is the case today, where all over this nation,holiness between the churches of like faith and practice is not practiced! I tried to open my brother’s eyes to his error, but it was not received.  I hope God will soon open his eyes and the eyes of many others to stop the harm done to the churches of our God!
 
Ac 20:35 I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.
 
Most of this current contention was begun by a certain King James Pastor, of like faith, who is a very good friend, and will always be a friend, though he is in great and grave error.  He thinks he has the answer and the truth and everybody needs to learn of him, rather than of God who is Holy and harmlessness!
 
Job 12:16 With him is strength and wisdom: the deceived and the deceiver are his.
 
It is true that he is filled up with much knowledge, However, where it is not the knowledge of God and his ways, then knowledge is very dangerous to man!
 
1Co 8:1 ¶ Now as touching things offered unto idols, we know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge puffeth up, but charity edifieth.
 
Some young Christians today are fire brands, however, if their fire destroys rather than enlightens and edifies in the truth of God’s Holy ways, then their fire is set on hell!
 
Jas 3:6 And the tongue is a fire, a world of iniquity: so is the tongue among our members, that it defileth the whole body, and setteth on fire the course of nature; and it is set on fire of hell.
 
Wisdom, understanding, discretion require patience because experience requires time and patience to learn of God’s way through his word and to become faithful in it!
 
1Ti 3:6 Not a novice, lest being lifted up with pride he fall into the condemnation of the devil.
 
Consequently the certain young preacher would never believe it, but Satan has used him to sow great discord among the brethren! When we sow discord we cause our Lord's displeasure until our eyes are opened and we repent of our ways and return to his holiness!
 
Pr 6:19 A false witness that speaketh lies, and he that soweth discord among brethren.
 
Though he believes he is doing Gods service, a Holy God is certainly not pleased with us when we sow discord among the brethren. These words are words of truth for this life and the life to come!
 
Pr 28:25 He that is of a proud heart stirreth up strife: but he that putteth his trust in the LORD shall be made fat.
 
The mark of a carnal baby Christian is NOT beer drinking, pot smoking, womanizing, gambling and whoredom!
 
1Co 3:1 ¶ And I, brethren, could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. 2 I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able. 3 For ye are yet carnal: for whereas there is among you envying, and strife, and divisions, are ye not carnal, and walk as men?
 
What is most amazing is that many unwise men continue over and over to live in the same sin that they are absolutely certain they are not living in.
 
Pr 22:21 That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth; that thou mightest answer the words of truth to them that send unto thee?
 
When we seek to gain at the expense of another brother or sister in Jesus Christ then we are guilty of Sin and we are not holy with our God! 
 
Le 6:4 Then it shall be, because he hath sinned, and is guilty, that he shall restore that which he took violently away, or the thing which he hath deceitfully gotten, or that which was delivered him to keep, or the lost thing which he found,
 
The pastorate, the evangelist including the missionary require a leading of the Holy Spirit not the inducement and recruitment of vain men filled with a desire for personal glory as a childish soul winner count men’s souls as scalps on a belt!
 
Ac 13:1 ¶ Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul. 2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. 3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
 
It is as much a sin to seek the offices of administration and edification without the leading of the Holy Spirit fully leading a man into those offices, as it is to refuse the leading of the spirit into the very same offices!
 
Ps 19:13 Keep back thy servant also from presumptuous sins; let them not have dominion over me: then shall I be upright, and I shall be innocent from the great transgression.
 
The result for the Laodicea church filling the offices of administration without the leading of the Holy Spirit have been as catastrophic as the results of the base men found in the prophets of ancient Israel!
 
Jer 2:8 The priests said not, Where is the LORD? and they that handle the law knew me not: the pastors also transgressed against me, and the prophets prophesied by Baal, and walked after things that do not profit.
 
There is but one Authorized Version of the Black book with only two words on the cover, Holy Bible! The only book in the universe that brings to men Blessed, Information, Bringing, Life, Eternal. It contains sixty six books, one thousand one hundred eighty nine chapters, thirty one thousand one hundred and two verses, seven hundred eighty eight thousand, two hundred fifty eight words! Have, you noticed that more and more preachers are using less and less scriptures in their messages, which means you are getting opinion and not Holy Authority! 
   
Jer 2:8The prophet that hath a dream, let him tell a dream; and he that hath my word, let him speak my word faithfully. What is the chaff to the wheat? saith the LORD. 29Is not my word like as a fire? saith the LORD; and like a hammer that breaketh the rock in pieces? 30Therefore, behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that steal my words every one from his neighbour.
31Behold, I am against the prophets, saith the LORD, that use their tongues, and say, He saith. 32Behold, I am against them that prophesy false dreams, saith the LORD, and do tell them, and cause my people to err by their lies, and by their lightness; yet I sent them not, nor commanded them: therefore they shall not profit this people at all, saith the LORD.
 
But, where administration will give account first and foremost, is it not also the un-holiness of God’s people that has been inspirational to them! Many pastors discouraged and not holy with God, are giving up on God’s word rather than being faithful to their calling, because their church members do not want to be holy!
 
Isa 30:8 ¶ Now go, write it before them in a table, and note it in a book, that it may be for the time to come for ever and ever: 9 That this is a rebellious people, lying children, children that will not hear the law of the LORD: 10 Which say to the seers, See not; and to the prophets, Prophesy not unto us right things, speak unto us smooth things, prophesy deceits: 11 Get you out of the way, turn aside out of the path, cause the Holy One of Israel to cease from before us. 12 Wherefore thus saith the Holy One of Israel, Because ye despise this word, and trust in oppression and perverseness, and stay thereon:13 Therefore this iniquity shall be to you as a breach ready to fall, swelling out in a high wall, whose breaking cometh suddenly at an instant.
 
        I will close with this: May I submit to you that the Holiness of God is demonstrated in the slaying of Nadab and Abihu for offering strange fire before the Lord.
 
The churches of God are also dying today because there is so much of this strange fire being offered in fundamentalism today,rather that the true Holiness of the word of God?
 
Leviticus 10:1And Nadab and Abihu, the sons of Aaron, took either of them his censer, and put fire therein, and put incense thereon, and offered strange fire before the LORD, which he commanded them not. 2And there went out fire from the LORD, and devoured them, and they died before the LORD.
 
Rev 3:22  He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.