As Christians we need to be sanctified. That is, to become holy. Many people believe that sanctification is impossible. How are we ever truly to become holy? Well it’s a command. And it is more than possible. “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
Leviticus 20:26 KJV
And it’s not only in the Old Testament either.
“But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;”
1 Peter 1:15 KJV
So we must be holy. But how? Well one way is through obedience, and also thru the blood of Jesus.
2 “Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied.”
1 Peter 1:2
Because you are a true Christian, you are sanctified.
“But of him are ye in Christ Jesus, who of God is made unto us wisdom, and righteousness, and sanctification, and redemption:”
1 Corinthians 1:30 KJV
But there is another sanctification. The final and ultimate one when the Lord returns.
“And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
1 Thessalonians 5:23 KJV
Oh be it soon, Lord.
You know it really saddens me when I see Anabaptists, Mennonites, or even just plain people who’ve slowly given up their plain ways.
The Anabaptists have a rich background In history. They stand for separation of church and state, for non-resistance, and adult baptism to name a few things. Their ancestors died often horrific deaths from catholics and protestants.
The most obvious thing about the anabaptist is the way they dress. The women wear dresses or skirts and cover their hair with various prayer coverings. The men wear their beards.
But now I’ve seen good women friends of mine discard the covering. First women who discard the covering would do so in subtil steps.
First they would go from a prayer kapp to maybe a hanging veil. Then from there to perhaps a doily. Next step, headbands, then nothing!
To see a Godly woman with a covering used to such an encouragement. Sometimes a person’s appearance is their only testimony to a passer by.
Then to see them start wearing pants when playing sports (I know some of you say it’s a safety issue). Soon it’s just at home, then on outing trips.
You complain “It’s too hot!”. So you wear pants all summer. “I’m not convicted anymore.” You just keep making excuse after excuse.
Covering your head and not wearing pants are not a conviction. It’s a truth. The Bible says to do it so you do it.
Soon the visual testimony is gone. You look just like everyone else. No one can tell that you are a Christian.
I think it’s very important that our outside matches our insides. “And ye shall be holy unto me: for I the Lord am holy, and have severed you from other people, that ye should be mine.”
Leviticus 20:26 KJV