What Happen to Holiness is once it became an idea or a look, it became religion. The old saints forgot to pass down the importance of the intimate relatioinship, the authenic walk with christ. Now we are just mimicing what we've thought to be Holiness, we don't pray, we don't fast, we don't attend Bible study, we are not making sacrifices to serve the Lord as Bishop Mason, William Symore, and the Saints that ushered in the pouring out of the Lord. We've manufactored what was instead of receiving what is.
I don't think that the old saints forgot to pass down the importance of the intimate relationship, because I can still hear my Big Mama humming "The Upper Room" ; I believe our generation failed to take the torch and run with it. You don't hear about too many preachers standing flat footed any more and preaching Holiness or Hell; we're too busy trying to be "politically correct' and we forget that we are a peculiar people. Too many of us are allowing the world to dictate to us what is considered Holiness, "It don't take all that" seems to be the norm ; we're too busy trying to create mega churches that we are forgetting why we are called. The blood stained Banner of Jesus is not being held up. The Salt of the earth is losing it's savor because we are no longer "Crying Loud and Sparing Not" God has not given us the spirit of fear; yet why are we afraid to tell someone that they are in error when they are? Every time we let down,every time we see a sin and say nothing about it we have tainted the Name of Jesus and has made His word to no effect. Holiness is still Holiness even if we don't talk about, but beloved we need to tell our babies and their friends that time is winding up, Jesus is soon to return and every time we miss an opportunity to confess Jesus , that's a soul gained by the Devil. What Happen to Holiness!? We're not striving to live a Holy life; we're not being set apart; we're trying to CONform instead of trying to TRANSform, but the Holy Ghost guides us in all truths and as we seek to be more Christ-Like, we can do better because Jesus is still coming back for a church without spot or wrinkle and its up to His servants to ready His people. Let's be MORE about our Father's business and we too can have the testimony of a Great Out Pouring of the Spirit in our Generation, because God is no respecter of person, what He'll do for one He'll do for another .
This is true responding to the question, "What happen to Holiness!" Is the true Holiness church dead, and are their any Holiness preachers, pastors, ministers, Elder Apostles, Bishops...., living the standard today? Talk is cheap. I would to say this as did Jude Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you of the common salvation, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints. For there are certain men crept in unawares, who were before of old ordained to this condemnation, ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness, and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. Holiness is a life stye and we have got to live the life, preaching and dancing is alright, shouting and singing is alright, and speaking in tongues, as the Spirit gives utterance is alright... But when it is all said and done you have got to live the Life.... Be You Holy for God is Holy....... Thanks for the feed back.....
I agree, but, this is no shock, the Bible says we would get wiser but weaker, the behavior we see is in the Bible, no surprise these things must be. I believe there are some, but remember the Bible said that the road to distruction is wide and the way to life is narrow. We must remember God has always had a remenant of faithful beliver's the same is true today. I think the more real we are about who we are and our desperate need to have the Lord this pleases the father. Really in the church we are so hard on eachother and ourselves that we have managed to act, to put on for the sake of preventing people of really knowing who we are. I wish we didn't focus on speaking in tongues like we do, shouting and dancing. What about Gal. 5, the fruit of the Spirit, we need to be bearing that and most of all LOVE. We manage this we mangae holiness.
We can't assume that because a person is standing "flat footed" beating everyone down about sin is living a sold out life. What is that any way a sold out life? It seems to me we think the more religious we are we are straight, the more church services we attend, the more money we give, the more clothes we have in our closets, the bigger the hat, the more rhinestones on our clothes we are sold out. What about the sins that we don't talk about, the spiritual growth blockers we rarely discuss in church. I mean it almost seem as long as you're not gay, having sex outside of marriage, acting unseemingly, dressing a certain way, don't do this or that and speak in tongues we think we are sold out. However I Peter 2:1-2 says that we need to lay aside malice, guile, envy, evil speaking and deceit, these things will cause you not to grow spiritually, and you can find these folk right in church. In fact these things will be going on in Memphis this week, in fact already going on, because of polictical gain, position, husbands swaping wives, people sleeping with folk that are not thier husband or wife, alot of the preachers will be in the halls, trying to score and network for one reason or another (positive and negative). Really, most Rev's see church as revenue, a great way to get some pretty ladies and could care less about the soul of man, the Bible said in the last days that these fake folk would make merchandise of the people. All preachers, pastor's and bishops need to remember I Peter 5:2 "Shepherd the flock of God which is among you, serving as overseers, not by compulsion but willingly, not for dishonest gain but eagerly; nor as being lords over those entrusted to you, but being examples to the flock; and when the Chief Shepherd appears, you will receive the crown of glory that does not fade away." It is not the preachers job to beat people down about their sins, if he or she is living the life, when they preach the WORD of God, the anointing, the Holy Ghost, the word will change lives. We have to MANY preachers screaming truth but not applying it in their lives, so it's of no overall affect. Holiness is faith in Jesus Christ, because our effort is as filthy rags. Holiness is love for God, Self, and Other's. Holiness, only comes with relationship with Jesus, seeing yourself for who you are and surrendering to the truth in the Word as it relates to believers, this is how you get Holiness. Not just preaching Holiness or Hell, some folk are doing it just like Hell, accusation of the bretheren being mean and hateful, on entitlement, because you got some sort of title. Paul said you can have all these gifts and speak in every tongue you can make up, but if you don't have love you have nothing. Look at Jesus ministry, he didn't come down on people like the religious folk, He loved them and told them the truth in such a way they was willing to die for HIm (lose their identity. Of course He wasn't looking for an offering either, we try to act so deep, but the reality is this; without the shedding of Jesus blood and the dispensation of grace none of us would make it in. I'm so glad Jesus make's the call on who shall enter heaven. Plus we put all this religious do's and don'ts on folk and if we really understood the Bible, we would know that our works are going to be judged and based on our works we will be given rewards. Their our different level's of faith and I don't think Christ is going to punish the level 1 Christian for being on level one. It reminds me of the parable about the workers and their pay, it's all equal (IF YOU BELIEVE IN JESUS CHRIST). Plus most people can't move to the next level cause we are to busy to disciple anyone for real, teaching the ways (teachings) of Christ. Now word to the church religious folk, who know better (that's the folk) But Lord, in your name folk who sadly will hear, DEPART FROM ME YOU WORKER'S OF INIQUITY, I NEVER KNEW YOU! That's who we need to remind about Jesus coming back, because it doesn't mean much to a none believer, except a believer who is real with themselves and God approach them in love, real testiment of God's power, and a clarity about truth.
My church is a "new" holiness church and most of the people know nothing about Servant Mason or Servant Symore, yet that pray in our weekly prayer service, fast every Sabbath eve till after Sabbath service and most all of them attend Sabbath Day School (bible class). I teach Spiritual Warfare (casting out demons, deliverance, divine healing), and well as emphasize being filled with the Holy Ghost and the 9 gifts that come with it. And I'm just 32 years old. We have a dress code (we don't damn people to hell, but stress the importance of moderate and respectful apparrel while worshipping), and we have rules and regulations estabished for those that are apart of the church but are unsaved (they just can't do whatever the want in YHWH's House and get a way with it). So Holiness is yet alive it is just very unpopular right now. I am the only person my age that I know that have opened a church that bares the name "Holiness." We are still alive and kicking just few in number.
Hold on to what you have, don't give up on what the Lord has given you... For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry. Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein.
Apostle Henry L. Dillihant III M.Div
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Praise Him! This discussion should be acknowledged by all those who say that they are saved, sanctified, filed with the holy ghost, and fire baptised. There is a distinction of Holiness that you know them when you see them. There is a certain annointing that surrounds us. Signs and wonders too. We are Bible based (Taught) and we not only talk the talk-but, walk the walk. We are true worshippers of God. tThe spirit that we have is almost contagious when we are around each other. The bond is like brothers and sisters. We are warriors of the word and we make our boast in the Lord. We must keep the path and endure hardness as a good soldier. The way of Holiness is easy if you ae determined-the way of the transgressor is hard. I wouldn't trade anything for my journey.Don't give up any ground!!! Press toward the mark, of the high call in Jesus Christ. We just need to remember that GOD is watching. I thank GOD for this network uniting soldiers of the Cross. Fight the good fight of faith brothers and sisters. God Bless
asst Pator Teloria Williams Holy Ghost Powerhouse Worldwide Ministries
The truth of the matter people want to appear Holy, and saved but they fake the funk, the world or church as it is now does not want to point out open sin, and the truth of the Holiness standard. For the wages of sin is death, Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God. ~ "Know Me Prophet HD3"