Archive for the ‘Holiness’ Category

Antinomianism’s Dead Faith, without Works, being Alone

February 14, 2014

“From my very soul, I detest everything that in the least savours of the Antinomianism which leads people to prate about being secure in Christ while they are living in sin. We cannot be saved by or for our good works, neither can we be saved without good works. Christ never will save any of His people in their sins; he saves His people from their sins. If a man is not desiring to live a holy life in the sight of God, with the help of the Holy Spirit, he is still “in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.” … The idea of “saving faith” apart from good works, is ridiculous. The saved man is not a perfect man, but his heart’s desire is to become perfect, he is always panting after perfection, and the day will come when he will be perfected, after the image of his once crucified and now glorified Saviour, in knowledge and true holiness.”

– Charles Haddon Spurgeon

James 2:17-26 Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone. Yea, a man may say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: shew me thy faith without thy works, and I will shew thee my faith by my works. Thou believest that there is one God; thou doest well: the devils also believe, and tremble. But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith without works is dead? Was not Abraham our father justified by works, when he had offered Isaac his son upon the altar? Seest thou how faith wrought with his works, and by works was faith made perfect? And the scripture was fulfilled which saith, Abraham believed God, and it was imputed unto him for righteousness: and he was called the Friend of God. Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only. Likewise also was not Rahab the harlot justified by works, when she had received the messengers, and had sent them out another way? For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.

Proclaiming and explaining the Word

February 14, 2014

Moreover, instead of confronting the world with the truth of Christ, the market-driven megachurches are enthusiastically promoting the worst trends of secular culture. Feeding people’s appetite for entertainment only exacerbates the problems of mindless emotion, apathy, and materialism. Quite frankly, it is difficult to conceive of a ministry philosophy more contradictory to the pattern our Lord gave us.
Proclaiming and explaining the Word for the maturing and holiness of believers should be the heart of every church’s ministry. If the world looks at the church and sees an entertainment center, we’re sending the wrong message. If Christians view the church as an amusement parlor, the church will die. One dear woman, struggling in a church that has embraced all the modern fads, recently complained, “When is the church going to stop trying to entertain the goats and get back to feeding the sheep?”

– John MacArthur (1993). Ashamed of the gospel : When the Church becomes like the world

Holiness

February 14, 2014

“The holiest person is … one who is most conscious of what sin is.”

– Oswald Chambers

“Wrong views about holiness are generally traceable to wrong views about human corruption.”

– J. C. Ryle

“Holiness is not an experience you have; holiness is keeping the law of God.”

– D Martyn Lloyd-Jones

What is holiness?

February 14, 2014

“Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but power to overcome temptation.”

– G. Campbell Morgan

“Holiness is persevering obedience.”

-C. H. Spurgeon

Desire to be holy

February 14, 2014

“If you do not desire to be holy I do not see that you have any right to think that you are a Christian.”

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Holiness affects the heart

February 14, 2014

“Holiness is better than morality. It goes beyond it. Holiness affects the heart. Holiness respects the motive. Holiness regards the whole nature of man.”

– C. H. Spurgeon

Holiness

February 14, 2014

“Holiness is not something to be received in a meeting; it is a life to be lived and to be lived in detail.”

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones