What’s Wrong With The Gospel? By Keith Green – 09 – The Necessity of Holiness to Please God 9 of 15

Keith Green

Keith Green

Hebrews says without holiness “no one shall see the Lord.” (Heb 12:14) It is true that Jesus  commands us to be perfect. (Mat 5:48) It is also true that you most likely have never met a perfect person, nor do you probably ever  expect to be perfect yourself. Nevrtheless, we still have those uncomfortable words of the Lord, “Be perfect as your heavenly Father is  perfect”!

Now, because of our dilemma in finding ourselves to be such numskulls, and seeing the demands of Jesus, we have invented some pretty  interesting and caraaazzeey doctrines. Some Christians have said, “Well, when God looks at us, He doesn’t really see us anymore, He sees  Jesus instead. And when there’s ever sin in our hearts, if God should happen to look at the wrong moment, He’ll see a smiling face of  Jesus there, instead of seeing our sin. So God sees me as holy – even though I’m not! But…I really am…er, well, you know what I mean!”  (I don’t happen to believe that God is that easily fooled, not even by Christians.)

Another stranger-than-truth doctrine is that blessed refuge of backsliders called “the carnal Christian.” In this example of pretzel-logic,  we are led to believe that any “believer” who isn’t really “walking with the Lord” at the present time, and is indulging in the things of the  world and the lusts of the flesh, can still be considered a “Christian,” but not a Christian of the 1st class, no, a Christian of the 2nd class… a  “carnal Christian.” Here we have a case of the “believer” who doesn’t believe. Oh, he still “believes” that God is God, and that there is a  heaven and hell, and so on (but don’t forget, the devil believes all these things too!-Jam 2:19). He knows all the right things to say to  convince granny, the pastor, and his Christian friends that he’s still hanging in there. He even sort of believes it himself. Seems he’s got  everybody fooled – everybody that is, except God! The Bible is clear that “If we say we’ have fellowship with Him, and yet walk in the  darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. ” (1Jo 1:6)(Here are only a few of the many Scriptures that say this over and over again, in the clearest possible terms: Psa 5:4; Psa 5:6; Mat 7:22; Joh 3:20-21; 2Co 6:14; 1Jo 2:4; 1Jo 2:9-11; 1Jo 3:10; 1Jo 4:20)

Today, possibly the greatest insult to the Gospel has been the almost total neglect of the preaching of holiness for the Christian. Jesus  doesn’t want to make believe that we’re holy, He wants to impart His holiness to us by the Holy Spirit. But because people are not being  driven to the cross, convicted by His Law to repentance and real rebirth, then we have to spend hours in our seminaries trying to find  suitable, complicated ways to explain away the obvious meanings of Scripture.

To all this you might be saying, “But what about all those people getting saved by the efforts of good men and ministries out there?  They’re not preaching the way you say they should, and they still have converts!” Well, the immediate answer to that question is, “The  people are not getting saved because of their messages, they’re getting saved in spite of them.” But unfortunately, many of the people  who make “decisions for Christ” through large evangelistic crusades, do not even attend church regularly in the years that follow. (And as  you probably well know, “attending church regularly” does not guarantee that one is a true believer.) But let’s take a closer look at what  kind of “converts” today’s gospel usually produces.


(Tomorrow I’ll post the 10th section)

About Dave Harman
I was found by Jesus April 9, 1975. I married the love of my life Helen, August 19, 1978. We have one daughter, Elizabeth, whose husband and two children live nearby. I was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in January 1997. In January 2004, Jesus Christ healed me and I have been symptom free ever since.

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