The real question is not, “Are we to be holy or not?” for we all know we are to be holy as He is holy.
I think the real question is how are we to become holy?
That is the real question and issues people are struggling with today.
Most think holiness is established in their flesh by religious dead works of man, but the truth is, this work can only be established within the heart, through and by the daily work of the Cross, by following the path that Jesus designed, through and by the empowerment of the Holy Ghost and fire we grow into a holy temple.
It is a daily process, being worked out in all our lives.
Our daily prayer should be:
“Create in me a clean heart, O’ God and renew a right spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10.
The Pharisees of Jesus’ day were declared to be legalistic, not because they desired to be holy on the outside, but because they rejected the Messiah Jesus and His new and living way to become holy, that did not come by the workings of the old Law (old system) but, by the purifying of the hearts through faith, (new system).
So If you find yourself being labeled as legalism (legalist) by your preaching of holiness, then maybe it is not your message of holiness that causes you to be labeled, but rather your application of how it is produced.
Real holiness is first established with the heart that has been purified, and it then will manifest outwardly.
Our real focus should be upon getting our own hearts right before God, and the rest will follow. Then we will see clearly how to help others with the right heart, spirit and attitude.
“And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye,” Matthew 7:3-5.
“Work out your own salvation with fear and trembling” (not everyone else’s), Philippians 2:12.
“Thou blind Pharisee, cleanse first that which is within the cup and platter, that the outside of them may be clean also,” Matthew 23:26.
“Create in me a clean heart, O God; and renew a right spirit within me,” Psalm 51:10.
“In whom all the building fitly framed together groweth unto an holy temple in the Lord: In whom ye also are builded together for an habitation of God through the Spirit,” Ephesians 2:21-22.
“I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire,” Matthew 3:11.
“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,” 1 Thessalonians 3:13.
~ Kimberly Fuller