Saturday, January 31, 2015

Two Questions: Holiness vs Unholiness

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It's funny how we read something and it stays with us, but not always in the way we remember it! I love the Amplified version of the Bible. I mentioned something I had read at my bible study the other day, but when I couldn't find the verses I waited and looked it up when I got home.

What I remembered was "Unholiness is infectious, Holiness is not infectious."

Here are the Scripture verses I was trying to remember, which it turns out are in the form of questions.

Haggai 2:12

If one carries in the skirt of his garment flesh that is holy and with his skirt he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy? And the priests answered, No!  (Holiness is not infectious).

What is the meaning of holy? Something dedicated or consecrated to God. Something sacred.

Haggai 2:13
Then said Haggai, If one who is unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean! (Unholiness is infectious).

What does 'unholy' mean? Sinful, wicked, ungodly, profane, evil, corrupt, etc.

Haggai is saying that if something holy touches something unholy, it does not make the unholy thing holy. 

However, if something unholy touches something holy, it will taint it with unholiness. 

- Holiness is taught, not caught!

- Sin (or unholiness) is not learned, it's a nature every person is born with - and without the grace of God, all men would be the darkest and most wicked of all creatures!

Here are a few more verses that seem to be saying the same thing.

1 Corinthians 15:33: Do not be so deceived and misled, evil company corrupts and depraves good manners, and morals and character.

Proverbs 22: 24,25: Make no friendships with a man given to anger, and with a wrathful man do not associate. Lest you learn his ways and get yourself into a snare.

1 Kings 16:25,26: But Omri did evil in the eyes of the Lord, even worse than all who were before him. He walked in all the ways of Jeroboam, son of Nebat, and in his sin by which he made Israel to sin, to provoke the Lord, the God of Israel, to anger with their idols. 

When we bring unholy things into our lives, our church, our world, they can and will make us unholy. Plus they can easily infect others. Sick people infect healthy people.

When we willingly play in sin and contaminate ourselves with the unfruitful works of darkness, it makes us unholy. Everyday we come in contact with gossip, lies, pride, hatred, anger, jealousy and more. The temptation to give into these may be great, but the christian is kept by the power of God and has dominion over the power of sin through Christ! For without holiness, no one can see God!! Serious stuff here!!

Hebrews 12:14,15: Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord. Looking dilligently, lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you and thereby many be defiled. 

Christ is the only one who can sanctify and transform us. We are in the world, but not of it. He sets us apart, but our holiness is not contagious, and we must not allow ourselves to be infected by unholiness. I know how easily sin can befall us and appeal to that sin nature within us if our minds are not set on things above.

Though it looks attractive and promises much, it delivers emptiness and futility in the long run. Remember Adam and Eve? Things haven't changed much!

If this be true, how then do we minister to unbelievers? 

God wants us to rub off on our non-Christian friends, but Satan wants them to rub off on you!!

We should definitely spend time ministering to others, but keep in mind that unholiness can infect holiness, and for your deepest friendships look to those who are holy, godly and like-minded. Let your closest companions be those who have made Christ their closest companion!

The solution is not to engage in compromising activities with others, but to point people to Jesus because He can take away their unholiness and replace it with holiness.

Philippians 4:8,9 is a good verse to be mindful of: 

Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.

Have a great day! 


Carmen

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