By Lahry Sibley
1 Thes 4: 7 For Yahweh has not called us to impurity but to consecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].
Consecration – a most holy pursuit of thorough purity. Does that set the bar too high? I think not. For true salvation has already been established as the highest pinnacle there is, in our Messiah. One cannot lower that standard through compromise and unbelief. We can only suffer the consequences and loss of failing to see the standard, as it really is, and acting accordingly. This often happens we listen to men, rather than God and His Most Holy Word.
8 Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this) disregards not man but Yahweh, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] He gives to you is holy (chaste, pure).
Can we just stop right here together for a moment, and understand that this “setting aside” and “rejection” of sound doctrine has been going on since the Savior ascended into heaven? We need to remember, that the printing press did not come along until the 1600’s. Church leaders in many places were illiterate their entire lives. Even if they could read and write, most had no scripture at all, old or new covenant. What scripture was available was often what we call the “Old Covenant”, and seldom was that available as we know it today, a completed work.
So greek philosophy, pagan ritual, Judaism all began to leaven the lump, as evidenced in Acts 15. Things went down hill from there. That’s why the Gospels were written. That’s why the Epistles were written. Because the Apostles and leaders recognized that if they did not write about these things that Yah’shua did, and how we should pursue His holiness and purity in all we say and do, Christianity itself may be lost.
So we have 2000 years of leaven, polluting and diluting truth and light. The first book to be printed was the Bible, in the 1600’s. Since then, men have been trying to turn things around and bring the so called church back to it’s intended place before Yahweh and man. We have not succeeded very well. We are still teaching apostasy in many places, and even exporting this error as “missionaries” into foreign countries.
The warning above, from the Apostle Paul assigns responsibility for this kalidescope of truth and error squarely where it belongs. On man, not Yaweh. The standard says that our pursuit in this life, is thorough purity. If a person is truly converted, he/she begins to realize the joy and freedom the CROSS have provided in cleansing and making pure, a heart that has been infinitely wicked. Glory to Yahweh. The CROSS destroys who we are, so that WHO HE IS can take up residence in us, and establish His stronghold of chastity and purity within.
Those would “excuse”, “reason”, and “compromise” this Sacred Word of Yahweh, pollute, dilute, and toxify said PURITY. This to me, is very frightening. Small wonder the Apostle tells us we need to pursue purity in our lifestyle and habits. In other words, STAY AWAY FROM DIRT, in all it’s forms and vices. Run from it!!!! I love the way the Amplified Bible states Romans 12:9. Let me share it with you, if I may….
Romans 12: 9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what is evil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.
Loathe all ungodliness, TURN IN HORROR from ALL wickedness. One cannot play in dirt and not get dirty. It’s impossible! I remember when my mom would dress us for church. She’d try to keep us inside and away from anything dirty. Why? Because she did not want us to get our church clothes dirty. She worked hard to wash and iron them for us. And she wanted us to show up at church without spot or wrinkle. Saints, this is Yahweh’s heart for us. He wants us to come to Him when He calls, without spot or wrinkle. In order for this to happen, we must make it our life’s pursuit to keep clean what He has cleansed, from all unrighteousness! In order to do that, we MUST flee in HORROR from all ungodliness, all spiritual dirt!! We must distance ourselves from it!
Romans 12:9 always brings to mind those folks on TV News during the 9/11 catastrophe. You remember those folks fleeing that enormous dust cloud when the buildings came crashing down? I can still see these particular 3 or 4 people running in my mind, with all their might, neck ties over their shoulders, fleeing in horror. Oh that Yahweh would give us a renewed sensitivity to all forms and fashions of “spiritual dirt”, and a desire to flee from it in horror!!!!! DON’T GO TO DIRTY PLACES!
You know the old saying, “play with fire, you will get burned”. We all know that is true. Well, if you “play with dirt, you will get dirty”. Yet the lamers will look you square in the eye and try to convince you that they can do the impossible. They can go mix and mingle with ungodly people in social events, rock concerts, total trash and depravity on TV and movies, and yet try and convince you that they can stay spiritually clean. I think we can all see through that, and agree that they are only attempting to justify their ungodly behavior, all the while shouting that they are “saved”. How sad? How tragic?
Beloved, don’t let that be you, PLEASE! Set your heart on purity. Set your heart on being separate. Set your heart on consecration from all ungodliness, in and out of so called church. Better to stand alone clean, than to stand together with dirty people. Selah. Pursue purity, and make Holiness and Biblical Godliness your goal. Accept no substitutes. Accept nothing less. To Yahweh be the glory, now and forever amen. - Lahry