For H today, I want to discuss Un-holiness. Charles Spurgeon, pondering over this, once said:
An unholy church! It is of no use to the world and of no esteem among men. Oh, it is an abomination, hell’s laughter, heaven’s abhorrence. And the larger the church, the more influential, the worse nuisance does it become when it becomes unholy. The worst evils which have ever come upon the world have been brought upon her by an unholy church.
Charles Spurgeon hits it right on the head here. All throughout the Bible God is calling a people to Himself for a specific reason. The reason is not because these people are morally superior than others, or have any special qualities about them. In fact, these people were chosen because they were normal and plain (Deut. 7:6-10). And by calling and gathering a normal, plain, unholy people to Himself God intends to show the world His power. How so? By making us into what we’re not, holy. When we become holy, we’re not glorified, God is. So you see that if the Church on earth is not holy Charles Spurgeon is dead right to say we’re nothing more than hell’s laughter and heaven’s abhorrence.
Being called to holiness means God is calling us to be set apart.
Application question: Jesus in John 15:18 – 16:4 says that men will hate you because you follow Him. Paul likewise says that we will face persecution if we want to live a godly life in Jesus Christ (2 Tim. 3:12). Here comes the hard question: If we only experience welcome and love from the world rather than opposition and persecution because of our faith and love for Jesus, we must ask this question and be honest – do we fit in too much with the world? Do I look too much like they do, rather than someone who loves Jesus? Does my life look like I treasure the same things they do?
Hmmm….it seems some things need to change.