In the world today, the church is being bombarded by worldliness. Just like a preacher I heard recently say, "we need a revival of holiness" in this time that we live in. When the subject of holiness arises in a conversation in the church(or even in a sermon) all kinds of reactions play out. You have one crowd that will amen you, but for all the wrong reasons. They have their personal beliefs of what holiness is and that's all holiness is, and unless you are exactly like them in everything they do then you are not holy.
The other crowd reacts by saying holiness isn't necessary. That noone's perfect, we'll all do the best we can, but we'll only be perfect when we get to heaven. There needs to be once again of revival of true holiness though.
The questions then arise, What is true holiness? Is it necessary for Christians today? What does it take for it to become an attribute in our own lives?
True holiness is the state that your life is in after sanctification. It is simply stated, completely holy, pure, sanctified, righteous and free from every form of sin. True holiness is a middle ground between the finatics on each side. True holiness balances the two reactions from above. It is obvious that when Christians become holy and have the attribute of holiness, that they will be in unity one with another because they are purified by the same Spirit of God. But they will not be a club or clique that shows hatred or a judgemental attitude toward others just because they have things in their lives that they do not agree with. At the same time the other reaction that says holiness isn't necessary don't worry about it, we have to stay away from this line of thinking as well. We cannot and never will be able to become holy on our own power. We have to seek God for this state of living. Look around us at all the signs of the time. This world is coming to an end. The Bible still rings true, "Follow peace with all men, and HOLINESS, without which no man shall see the Lord," (emphasis added). Without the godly attribute of holiness, it is impossible to be in right standing with God. Yes we will always be human, and therefore always succeptable to falling, but that doesn't mean that we have to fall or have to sin. Jesus commanded that they be perfect as His Father in heaven is perfect. The Bible also commands us to "be ye holy for I am holy." I don't know why the world today is so blind to the fact that we must be holy to go to heaven. The Lord won't even accept those that are lukewarm, much less those who blatantly sin against God! The very damnable doctrine of ETERNAL SECURITY is sending a lot of souls to hell. They get wrapped up in thinking that their soul is eternally secure no matter what, so they drift out in sin again, and when they die, instead of going to heaven like they think they spend eternity burning in a hell that the "smoke of their torment acended up day and night." We need to open our eyes and realize that the Lord is fixing to return. The prophecies are being fulfilled before our very eyes all around us. He's only coming back for a holy, righteous, sanctified bride, those that have kept oil in their lamps and are ready to go when the bridegroom calls (Matthew 25). God Bless You friend as you pursue holiness in your own life!