Genesis Chapter 6
Holiness Sanctification

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by Kraig Josiah Rice

TABLE OF CONTENTS
(clicking on these links will move you down the page)
Some Do's and Don'ts of the Christian's Walk Through Life
      Absolute Conduct- What All True Christians Have In Common
       Relative Conduct- Personal Convictions Regarding Holiness
Hold The Line- A challenge to the church to stand firm on holiness in these wicked last days

God's anointing
is more important than
man's appointing

Some Do's and Don'ts of the Christian's Walk Through Life

Absolute Conduct- What All True Christians Have In Common
All true Christians obey the Ten Commandments. We obey them out of love, not out of force. Why? Because they are a measure of God's holiness and we are to be as much like Him as we can.

The Ten Commandments:
Then God instructed the people as follows: "I am the Lord your God, who rescued you from slavery in Egypt.

1. "Do not worship any other gods besides me."

2. "Do not make idols of any kind, whether in the shape of birds or animals or fish. You must never worship or bow down to them, for I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God who will not share your affection with any other god! I do not leave unpunished the sins of those who hate me, but I punish the children for the sins of their parents to the third and fourth generations. But I lavish my love on those who love me and obey my commands, even for a thousand generations."

3. "Do not use the name of the Lord your God in vain" (in profanity). The Lord will not let you go unpunished if you misuse his name.

4. "Remember to observe the Sabbath day by keeping it holy." Six days a week are set apart for your daily duties and regular work, but the seventh day is a day of rest dedicated to the Lord your God. On that day no one in your household may do any kind of work. This includes you, your sons and daughters, your male and female servants, your livestock, and any foreigners living among you. For in six days the Lord made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and everything in them; then he rested on the seventh day. That is why the Lord blessed the Sabbath day and set it apart as holy."

5. "Honor your father and mother." Then you will live a long, full life in the land the Lord your God will give you.

6. "Do not murder."

7 "Do not commit adultery."

8. "Do not steal."

9. "Do not testify falsely against your neighbor" (with your tongue in slander or in a court of law).

10. "Do not covet your neighbor's house. Do not covet your neighbor's wife, male or female servant, ox or donkey, or anything else your neighbor owns."
(Exodus 20:1-17).

Some Commandments of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Jesus said, "Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind. This is the first and great commandment"
(Matthew 22: 37-38).

Also Jesus said, "If a man love me, he will keep my words: and my Father will love him, and we will come unto him, and make our abode with him. He that loveth me not keepeth not my sayings- and the word which ye hear is not mine, but the Father's which sent me"
(John 14:23).

Jesus also said, "As the Father hath loved me, so have I loved you: continue ye in my love. If ye keep my commandments ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father's commandments, and abide in his love"
(John 15:9 & 10).

God loving us gives us the capacity to love others because "...the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us," and "we love him (God), because he first loved us"
(Romans 5:5; 1 John 4:19).

The Bible says, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God: and every one that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God. He that loveth not knoweth not God: for God is love"
(I John 4:7-8).

"But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ (by grace ye are saved)"
(Ephesians 2:4-5).

"Ye that love the Lord, hate evil". (Psalms 97:10).

"Know therefore that the Lord thy God, he is God, the faithful God, which keepeth covenant and mercy with them that love him and keep his commandments to a thousand generations; and repayeth them that hate Him to their face, to destroy them; he will not be slack to him that hateth him, he will repay him to his face"
(Deuteronomy 7:9-10).

Jesus' teachings are in the Sermon On The Mount in Matthew chapters 5-7. And He has other teachings throughout His four gospels. If you wish to study more of His teachings I have some located on my Christology web page.

You take care of your character,
and
God will take care of your reputation

However, on the other hand, there are sins that a true Christian does not commit. Christians don't commit habitual sin. Christians don't act like the devil. We are to live holy lives using Jesus Christ as our permanent example. Therefore, there are certain absolute behaviours listed in the Bible that we don't do. If you profess to be a Christian and live a lifestyle of wickedness many will think that you are not saved (justified). So the kind of sanctification holiness that you believe and practice is very important. Why? To serve as a good example. Also so that you don't make others stumble from their faith in following Christ.

Infiltrators into the church from witchcraft and satanic covens often profess one thing and then live a life contrary to holiness. Why? Because they believe in unholiness. They actually belong to Satan while pretending to belong to Christ. They are wolves in sheep's clothing. Jesus said that you will know them by their fruits- in other words you will discover them by examining their secret and wicked lifestyles. Let's examine some of the unholy deeds of the unsaved:

"When you follow the desires of your sinful nature, your lives will produce these evil results: sexual immorality, impure thoughts, eagerness for lustful pleasure, idolatry, participation in demonic activities, hostility, quarreling, jealousy, outbursts of anger, selfish ambition, divisions, the feeling that everyone is wrong except those in your own little group, envy, drunkenness, wild parties, and other kinds of sin. Let me tell you again, as I have before, that anyone living that sort of life will not inherit the Kingdom of God. But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives, he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control. Here there is no conflict with the law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have nailed the passions and desires of their sinful nature to his cross and crucified them there. If we are living now by the Holy Spirit, let us follow the Holy Spirit's leading in every part of our lives. Let us not become conceited, or irritate one another, or be jealous of one another"
(Galatians 5:19-26).

"Nothing evil will be allowed to enter (into New Jerusalem)- no one who practices shameful idolatry and dishonesty- but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's Book of Life"
(Revelation 21:27).

DO YOU SWEAR?

The Bible says a sinful person swears "whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness"
(Romans 3:14).

Are You Living A Lie?

The Bible says that "all liars shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone"
(Revelation 21:8).

Is Your Lifestyle One of Being A Drunkard by Choice?

The Bible says that drunkards shall not inherit the kingdom of God.
(I Corinthians 6:10).

Is Your Lifestyle One Of Continually COMMITTING SEXUAL INIQUITY?

The Bible says that the following shall not inherit the kingdom of God:
(1) single people who commit sexual iniquity (called fornicators),
(2) married people who commit adultery, and
(3) homosexuals
(Galations 5:19, 21; Romans 1:27,32).

Jesus said, "But those things which proceed out of the mouth come forth from the heart; and they defile the man. For out of the heart proceed evil thoughts, murders, adulteries, fornications, thefts, false witness, blasphemies"
(Matthew 15:18-19).

"For all have sinned and come short of the glory of God"
(Romans 3:23).

"Do not you realize that friendship with this world makes you an enemy of God? I say it again, that if your aim is to enjoy this world, you can't be a friend of God"
(James 4:4). NLT

If you have made a shambles of your life, feel sorry about sinning against God, and have lost your self-respect, then you need to experience Jesus now. Jesus gives you the power and daily ability to not commit these sins once He lives in your heart
(John 1:12).

"Come now, let us reason together, saith the Lord: Though your sins be as scarlet, they shall be as white as snow: though they be red like crimson, they shall be as wool"
(Isaiah 1:18).

What do we do after we have sinned against the Lord?
"But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us and to cleanse us from every wrong"
(1 John 1:9).

Won't you invite Jesus Christ as Saviour into your heart now and experience the forgiveness of your sins and feel Christ living there? And then start living the life of holiness...
(Ephesians 3: 16-19).

Your stand on Holiness depends on which side you are on:

  I am on Satan's side so therefore I act unholy like he is
  This tree produces evil fruit

  I am on God's side so therefore I act holy like He is
  This tree produces righteous fruit

  "A righteous tree cannot produce evil fruit"- Jesus Christ

Relative Conduct- Personal Convictions Regarding Holiness

What is a conviction? According to Webster's Dictionary a conviction is an act of convincing. Convince means to vanquish, defeat, or rule over. Therefore, a conviction is an act (or behaviour) that you are convinced (in your own mind and soul) to conquer for your own good.

There are areas of moral conduct not specifically mentioned in the Holy Bible. These areas are called personal convictions. What areas? Some of these holiness areas include but are not limited to: masturbation, the drinking of alcoholic beverages, going to movie theatres, going to bars and night clubs, going to dances, body piercings, tattoos, mixed swimming (for males and females at the same time), smoking tobacco, chewing tobacco, the length of a woman's hair, the use or misuse of lipstick or cosmetics, whether or not a woman can wear slacks (men's clothes), etc.

What is the Biblical rule of sanctification or personal convictions for the above? The rule is: where the Bible is silent the conscience must rule.

If you are not a member of a church denomination then you can let your conscience be your guide on any of the above topics of holiness.

However, if you join a church denomination then that denomination will have you adhere to it's tenants of faith. The denomination will tell you how you are to believe and act on the above relative topics of holiness and then it is no longer a matter of personal conscience for you but legalism. This is part of the teaching of Churchanity rather than Christianity. And these matters of holiness can vary from denomination to denomination. Some groups serve alcoholic wine in the taking of Holy Communion while others only take non-alcoholic grape juice. Some groups allow dancing and others don't. Some groups allow band music and others don't. One group uses "the hook and eye" on their shirts because they believe that the use of buttons is worldly.

Denominations are in competition against each other to see which one is more holy. So they pass more regulations in regards to holiness issues. This does not make them more holy, it only makes them more legalistic. Satan has used these denominational regulations as a weapon of guilt against church members who have violated any of them. The church member then feels condemned to hell by God. Some have quit going to church because of their internal conflicts in this regard.

Many years ago some denominations had what they call "Clothesline Preachers." They would preach to the members of a congregation into not acting against the established order of holiness of the denomination. Some would preach that when the Lord Jesus came back in the rapture of the church- if you were in a movie theater, a bar, or on the dance floor when He came back- then you would be left behind. Another church group excommunicated one of it's members for washing his car on the sabbath day.

Problems can arise in this area when a church member of a group violates those sacred tenants. The violator can be falsely judged NOT to be a Christian and church action taken against him or her. This might involve rebuke, rejection, or excommunication. Some churches have been accused of "shooting their wounded" in this respect. Some churches have been accused of having too much legalism in this area. Some churches have been accused of showing conditional love rather than unconditional love in this area, and so forth. My advice to you is- if you are a church member, then abide by your denomination's teachings on it's holiness-sanctification issues. If you don't like them or don't agree to abide by them any longer, then resign your church membership.

I do not smoke. I do not chew
and
I do not date girls who do

Sometimes true Christians of one denomination do not show tolerance, kindness, or unconditional love for true Christians in another denomination who have differing beliefs and behaviors about this doctrine. Sometimes today there can be problems in this area.

What does the Bible say about how true Christians are to treat each other on these holiness sanctification issues?

Paul deals with this church problem in
The Law of Love Regarding Weak and Strong Christians in
1 Corinthians Chapter 8 (New Living Translation NLT).

Paul explains that there are strong Christians in their faith. There are also weak Christians in their faith. Both are right in what they believe to be their relative convictions. This is also true for today, as well, in regards to holiness issues.

The problem at that time was in regard to eating food sacrificed to idols. The Bible didn't say anything about it so their conscience ruled. Some Christians there had a conscience to eat it while others had a conscience not to eat it. There was a problem. Paul states that the law of love must be placed into action so Christians don't hurt each other. We yield to others rather than demand our own way. By acting in love we serve as a good example and we don't cause others to stumble. This is how we should act today, as well. Here is the Biblical account:

1 Now let us talk about food that has been sacrificed to idols. You think that everyone should agree with your perfect knowledge. While knowledge may make us feel important, it is love that really builds up the church.

2 Anyone who claims to know all the answers doesn't really know very much.

3 But the person who loves God is the one God knows and cares for.

4 So now, what about it? Should we eat meat that has been sacrificed to idols? Well, we all know that an idol is not really a god and that there is only one God and no other.

5 According to some people, there are many so-called gods and many lords, both in heaven and on earth.

6 But we know that there is only one God, the Father, who created everything, and we exist for him. And there is only one Lord, Jesus Christ, through whom God made everything and through whom we have been given life.

7 However, not all Christians realize this. Some are accustomed to thinking of idols as being real, so when they eat food that has been offered to idols, they think of it as the worship of real gods, and their weak consciences are violated.

8 It's true that we can't win God's approval by what we eat. We don't miss out on anything if we don't eat it, and we don't gain anything if we do.

9 But you must be careful with this freedom of yours. Do not cause a brother or sister with a weaker conscience to stumble.

10 You see, this is what can happen: Weak Christians who think it is wrong to eat this food will see you eating in the temple of an idol. You know there's nothing wrong with it, but they will be encouraged to violate their conscience by eating food that has been dedicated to the idol.

11 So because of your superior knowledge, a weak Christian, for whom Christ died, will be destroyed.

12 And you are sinning against Christ when you sin against other Christians by encouraging them to do something they believe is wrong.

13 If what I eat is going to make another Christian sin, I will never eat meat again as long as I live- for I don't want to make another Christian stumble.

You cannot get rid of your temper
by losing it

Hold The Line:
Militant Japanese studied the United States before World War 2 to make a realistic assessment for it's conquest. They reported that the strength of America was in it's churches. I hope that America can still say that today.

What's the problem? Is the Christian church in these last days headed towards apostasy? Is unholiness going to win over holiness? Not if the soldiers of the cross hold the line. I encourage you NOT to retreat from your stand on personal holiness when confronted with unholiness. I encourage you to continue to hold the line of holiness.

There is a song titled: "Hold the Line" and here are the lyrics:

"The night is slowly fading and the morning's coming fast
There's a hundred thousand men who want us dead beyond that hill
You can almost see the glint of rifle barrels through the grass
They'll soon be charging, baying for the kill

We are all that stands between them and the end of all we know
There will be no quarter given- there's no turning back this time
We must hold the enemy until our reinforcements show
So hold the line, my boys, just hold the line

Chorus:
Hold the line- do not retreat and do not surrender
Hold the line- though around you others fall

We will give our last full measure
May the fates all treat us kind
So hold the line, my boys, just hold the line

You and I have fought together, many lifetimes, many lands
On Athens' plains, at Waterloo, in Flanders' fields so fine
Anyone can wield a weapon- the real test is if he stands
So hold the line, my boys, just hold the line
"

The church is doing many things right. We are holding the line on foreign missions, prayer, revivals, training sessions for evangelists, special times for fasting and prayer, developing sister churches, we can organize to boycott sponsors of anti-christian movies, and we are doing good in other areas, as well. Now, it's time to hold the line on holiness.

The church is under attack today in this area of holiness. Some pastor may want to remove the altar of repentance and healing from his church. Don't do it. One might say that sin is rampant inside and outside of the church. Preach against it. Live the life. Wear the Bible. Stand on God's Word.

The dictionary meaning for apostasy is: "the abandonment of one's religious faith." In theology it is called "the great falling away." The vast majority of humanity is not interested in personal holiness, much less in following it. But it is very important. Why? Ancient Israel battled continually against unholiness. Whenever Israel lost the battle against unholiness- whenever the people didn't hold the line- then God stepped in and judged them. We don't want to be judged by God. That's why it is important to you and to me.

There is a teaching in the church that God always warns before He judges. This is true. God warned us in advance about these days that we now face:

The Dangers of the Last Days:

"You should also know this, Timothy, that in the last days there will be very difficult times. For people will love only themselves and their money. They will be boastful and proud, scoffing at God, disobedient to their parents, and ungrateful. They will consider nothing sacred. They will be unloving and unforgiving; they will slander others and have no self-control; they will be cruel and have no interest in what is good. They will betray their friends, be reckless, be puffed up with pride, and love pleasure rather than God. They will act as if they are religious, but they will reject the power that could make them godly. You must stay away from people like that.

They are the kind who work their way into people's homes and win the confidence of vulnerable women who are burdened with the guilt of sin and controlled by many desires. Such women are forever following new teachings, but they never understand the truth. And these teachers fight the truth just as Jannes and Jambres fought against Moses. Their minds are depraved, and their faith is counterfeit. But they won't get away with this for long. Someday everyone will recognize what fools they are, just as happened with Jannes and Jambres"
(2 Timothy 3:1-9).

"For that day will not come until there is a great rebellion against God and the man of lawlessness is revealed- the one who brings destruction. He will exalt himself and defy every god there is and tear down every object of adoration and worship. He will position himself in the temple of God, claiming that he himself is God"
(2 Thessalonians 2:3-4).

Why did He warn us? So we would hold the line in regards to His holiness.

What's the problem with violence and with the problem of abortion? It's unholy. What's the problem with a man and a woman shacking up together without being married? It's unholy. What's the problem with homosexuality? It's unholy.

Violence:

There is a lot of violence in the world today. It's not holy to shoot someone in a drive-by shooting. Rape and armed robbery is not holy conduct. Murder is not holy.

Why did King David NOT get to build God's temple for Him? Because God told him that he was a man of war. In other words, a man of violence. Violence is contrary to God's peace. When David was violent he was not acting holy.

"There are six things the LORD hates- no, seven things he detests:
haughty (proud) eyes,
a lying tongue,
hands that kill the innocent,
a heart that plots evil,
feet that race to do wrong,
a false witness who pours out lies,
a person who sows discord among brothers."
(Proverbs 6:17-19).

Abortion is considered an act of violence and is therefore unholy. It's the shedding of innocent blood. The church should continue preaching the gospel of peace through Christ and continue it's stand against abortion.

Unrepentant Homosexuals:

Practicing homosexuals are not to be in God's church, much less be in a leadership capacity, unless there's a special outreach to the unsaved and the new converts are in the process of changing to lives of holiness. If a political government tries to force the church to yield in this area then Christians are called upon by God to practice obedient disobedience. In times past homosexuals have been instrumental in Christian persecution.

How is the church supposed to treat a repentant homosexual? Just like any other sinner who repents. Church folks are encouraged to love the individual yet hate their sin.

Israel and Judah battled against unholiness. Each of those nation failed when they lost the battle against unholiness. Sodom, Gomorrah, and the rest of the five cities of the plain were judged by God after they lost the battle against unholiness.

The Ark Brought to Jerusalem:

"Then David mobilized thirty thousand special troops. He led them to Baalah of Judah to bring home the Ark of God, which bears the name of the LORD Almighty, who is enthroned between the cherubim. They placed the Ark of God on a new cart and brought it from the hillside home of Abinadab. Uzzah and Ahio, Abinadab's sons, were guiding the cart with the Ark of God on it, with Ahio walking in front. David and all the people of Israel were celebrating before the Lord with all their might, singing songs and playing all kinds of musical instruments- lyres, harps, tambourines, castanets, and cymbals. But when they arrived at the threshing floor of Nacon, the oxen stumbled, and Uzzah put out his hand to steady the Ark of God. Then the Lord's anger blazed out against Uzzah for doing this, and God struck him dead beside the Ark of God. David was angry because the Lord's anger had blazed out against Uzzah. He named that place Perez-uzzah (which means "outbreak against Uzzah"). It is still called that today"
(2 Samuel 6:1-8).

Uzzah thought that what he was doing for God was right. But it was wrong. Uzzah violated God's express rules on holiness-sanctification and he paid the supreme price for it. You may think that the practicing homosexuals are correct and that they have a place in the church- that government, politics, and business are fine with them. The militant gays can cry discrimination. However, if you move in that direction to embrace this unholiness into the Christian church then you are violating God's will and violating God's holiness-sanctification. In your misguided zeal you may do a lot of damage to God's kingdom. And God will judge you for it. My advice to you is to hold the line of holiness.

Why is this a holiness-sanctification issue? God will never change His mind on holiness. Why? Because it's one of His attributes. Holiness is who He is. And, unholiness is who Satan is. Satan is never supposed to get a foothold in God's church.

Let us not be luke warm in our stand on holiness-sanctification. God had a message to the Church in Laodicea concerning this matter:

"Write this letter to the angel of the church in Laodicea. This is the message from the One who is the Amen- the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's creation: "I know all the things you do, that you are neither hot nor cold. I wish you were one or the other! But since you are like lukewarm water, I will spit you out of My mouth! You say, `I am rich. I have everything I want. I do not need a thing!' And you do not realize that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked. I advise you to buy gold from Me- gold that has been purified by fire. Then you will be rich. And also buy white garments so you will not be shamed by your nakedness. And buy ointment for your eyes so you will be able to see. I am the one who corrects and disciplines everyone I love. Be diligent and turn from your indifference. "Look! Here I stand at the door and knock. If you hear Me calling and open the door, I will come in, and we will share a meal as friends. I will invite everyone who is victorious to sit with Me on My throne, just as I was victorious and sat with My Father on His throne. Anyone who is willing to hear should listen to the Spirit and understand what the Spirit is saying to the churches"
(Revelation 3:14-22 Living Bible).

The white robes represent holiness-sanctification. God will reward you if you are faithful to Him and hold the line.

How do we win this battle? The answer is one heart at a time. The goal of the Christian life is to be restored to God's likeness, to be holy as God is holy, to be like Christ in character. I challenge the Christian church universal to do battle against the forces of unholiness and to hold the line of holiness.

You conquer sin
by
Yielding to God

In Genesis chapter 6 we learn about the wickedness and unholiness of the pre-flood world. Holiness and unholiness make quite a contrast to one another- as much so as day and night- as much so as the saved and the unsaved...


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A Man Trying To Get Away From God
Here is a true story about a wounded Christian who threw it all away
and how he came back to God. This story may give you hope if you need it because God never stops loving and reaching out to those who are wounded.

What About Your Life? (One of my tracts on sanctification)

Take the Holiness Test (for the fun of it)

God's teachings about holiness in the bible book of Galatians

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