Over the past few weeks, I’ve read a variety of books for my Theology of Holiness class. They all center on the concept the sanctification of the believer. The term “sanctification” refers to holiness, and essentially it is the path to becoming like Christ. The book that is this week’s reading is entitled The Way of Holiness: Experience God’s Work in You and it has been some of the most challenging stuff that I’ve read in a long, long time. He talks about how we have eliminated God’s holiness, minimized the offensiveness of sin and relegated it to mere mistake, and turned true repentance into mere confession of sin. Check out these gems from chapter four:
“The top-three values of the born-again Christian are familiy, health and religion. But Jesus talked about hating one’s mother and father (Luke 14:26) and even one’s life (John 12:25) in order to be his disciple. So why is religion third” (65)?
“But if modern repentance does not affect our beliefs, values or desire to fellowship with other believers, then what does it affect? What got converted? From what were we saved? Where is the metanoia?…the reason so many never pursue holiness in their Christian lives is that they were (dare say it?) never truly converted in the first place” (66).
“…our sanctification will be the logical conclusion to our conversion” (75). Translation…if you are not being made into the image of Christ, if this pursuit is not of the highest order and priority in our lives, we are not converted.
This past weekend, I listened to a little bit of Francis Chan’s Forgotten God on the way home from visiting our daughter. In it, Chan says that, “If a basketball player was given a ‘supernatural’ abilty to play basketball, wouldn’t you expect that they would be able to play differently than they had before and shouldn’t this ‘supernatural’ abilty cause them to look different?”
So yesterday, you walked out of your house of worship, where you met the God of the Universe. How were you marked by that encounter?