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 23rd June 2007


David Weber

A brother shared something recently about the dangers of "holiness" teaching, that it sets up a standard of perfection that can "never" be attained to. I agree that there is some very bad teaching that is passed around in the church today about "holiness," something that is bringing many Christians into bondage, strife, and condemnation, but at the same time, we (the church) mustn't loose sight for what is actually attainable in Christ. This is what I shared with this brother ...

What is impossible for man is possible with God -- even fashioning a people according to His likeness and divine nature; a people who no longer sin. All of creation is waiting for the manifestation of these people (Romans 8). To preach otherwise is erroneous and just plain unscriptural.  In the words of our Lord, "To him who believes ALL things are possible."
There are two works of Christ's Atonement; one is a work of forgiveness for sin, the other is a work of deliverance from the sinful nature. Righteousness is imputed at the time of justification by faith, but that is only to bring one into communion with God  and into the process of sanctification. There will be a time when a people will be fully sanctified (fully "saved") though -- this is a "salvation without reference to sin;" a salvation for those who eagerly await the Lord in the culmination of the fall Feast of Tabernacles (Hebrews 9:28).
There is a Life within every believer that knows no sin ... that even knows no death. That is the Christ Life in the believer, and IS the hope of glory. That Life will someday be fully manifested in a people -- first in a remnant, then in each individual in their specific ranks and orders (1 Cor. 15).
As I have said, this is all part of the Atoning works of Christ, for only He (by His Spirit) can purify the sons of Levi and refine them like gold and silver, and that, so that A PEOPLE may present to the Lord OFFERINGS IN RIGHTEOUSNESS (Mal 3:3). That is actual righteousness ... not imputed righteousness.
We as the church need to get some vision for this. There is another feast yet to be fulfilled which the Feast of Tabernacles. Pentecost was and is a leavened feast. It was never God's intention to perfect men under the Pentecostal anointing. Tabernacles is a whole other story though. Ask the Lord about this.