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Today’s church has lost its sense of holiness. Everything has been “dumbed down”, so to speak, to fit the contemporary mood. We don’t dress up for church anymore. We don’t sing hymns; we don’t have stained-glass windows; we don’t preach the holy life, and we certainly don’t make trips to the altar “to pray through our sins.”

What’s going on? Well, we’re pretty much on schedule for the end of age apostasy that the Bible speaks about.

Peter writes to the New Testament church: “As He who called you is holy; you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, ‘Be holy, for I am holy’” (1 Peter 1.15,16). And what does it mean “to be holy?” It means that we willing set ourselves apart from the world and the lusts of the world to live for God. Boring? Uninteresting? No, it’s glorious when you discover that holiness leads to the peace we’re all looking for…the peace that passes understanding (Phil. 4.7).

Too much to ask? Well, take Peter: he was not a holy guy. He was a rude, profane and angry fisherman. But, after following Jesus for three years, and after getting a strong shot of the Holy Spirit, he turned holy. You see, the natural direction for spiritual maturity is towards holiness, not away from it.

Not “holier than thou,” but rather, holy in good conduct and reverence for God.

After all, the saved are headed for heaven. Would we expect anything else than holiness in the dwelling place of God?

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New Hope Christian Fellowship is a nondenominational Christian church in Show Low, Arizona.

This Show Low nondenominational church is comprised of an independent body of believers, who have found comfort in biblical love, fellowship and spiritual unity. We practice New Testament Christianity in adherence to the Word of God, in faith, in obedience, and servanthood. We are dedicated to that which blesses the Lord Jesus Christ and lifts up His commandments, especially to love one another.

What We Believe: “To do things Jesus’ way, by Jesus’ teaching, and for Jesus’ glory.”

Life Verse: “Bear one another’s burdens and thus fulfill the law of Christ.” (Galatians 6:2)


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