Holiness should always be “unto the Lord.” Any time we are it “unto men,” it’s wrong and misguided because it’s just pride and pretense. Jesus condemned the Pharisees not for their acts of piety, but because they preformed themselves to impress others. Not only did they lived by a long list of religious “do’s and don’t, ‘ they also kept a scorecard on others who didn’t live up to their list and denounce them for it. Some people grew up in homes and churches that did this, and when they squirm and think of believers with somber faces and pointed fingers in accusation. That’s not Bible holiness, that’s legalism. And God hates it and the Bible condemns it.
To understand what true holiness is, think of the word “contamination,” it’s one of every hospital’s greatest concerns. It’s why doctors in an operating room insist the their surgical instruments are constantly sterilized; caps, gowns, and gloves are worn; and the environment in the room is cold, held at a temperature where germs cannot live. Are you getting it?
Now adjust the lens a little bit, and you’ll see the Spiritual application. True holiness does not isolate you from the world it insulates you from the contaminants. Apostle Paul corrected the Corinthian church for their approach to the communion table; “In eating, each one takes his own supper ahead of others; and one is hungry and another is drunk.” – 1 Corinthians 11:21- So Paul addresses their spiritually sloppy anything goes attitude. “For this reason many are week and sick among you, and many sleep. (have died)
What’s the answer? “Holiness unto the Lord.
The Lord’s Last Word On Holiness:
He who acts unjustly, let him act unjustly still. He who is filthy, let him be filthy still. He who is righteous, let him do righteousness still. He who is holy, let him be holy still. -Revelation 22: 11-
Behold, I come quickly. My reward is with me, to repay to each man according to his work. -Revelation 22: 12-
The point being made here is not that evil is to be encouraged. Rather, people can do as they choose, but God will not change His plans.
In the context of death and the end times, this is a dire warning. Unbelievers who reject the gospel do not receive a second chance to be saved if they die. Eternity doesn’t change anyone’s status. The person who die’s in an unsaved condition will be unsaved throughout eternity, and the saved person will be saved throughout eternity.