I am amazed at the people who actually think you can be Apostolic WITHOUT HOLINESS! You can NOT be Apostolic without HOLINESS any more than you can be Apostolic without Repentance, Baptism in the Name of Jesus, and the infilling of the Holy Ghost, evidenced by speaking in other tongues!
There are those who would argue today that HOLINESS is NOT that important, especially for the 21st Century Church. But I’ve got news for those people, we are NOT trying to build a 21st Century Church, we’re trying to build a 1st Century Church! And THE CHURCH that was born in the Book of Acts understood that IF Heaven was its destination, EVERYONE in the Church MUST be Born Again of Water and of the Spirit AND live a life of HOLINESS!
(John 3:1-5) revealed that UNLESS you are BORN AGAIN, you will NOT SEE or ENTER into Heaven, and (Hebrews 12:14) reveals that WITHOUT HOLINESS, you will NOT SEE the Lord!
To answer the question that is asked often by those who are looking for loopholes around Holiness, YES, HOLINESS IS A HEAVEN OR HELL ISSUE!
Contrary to what some believe and preach today, HOLINESS did NOT die in the Old Testament! GRACE did NOT REMOVE the NECESSITY of HOLINESS in the Church! The New Testament Church is STILL a HOLINESS CHURCH!
(1 Peter 2:9-11) says, “But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light: 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy.
11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul.”
We are a “CHOSEN generation, a royal priesthood, an HOLY nation, a PECULIAR PEOPLE!”
I looked up the definition of “peculiar” and this is what it said: “distinctive in nature or character from others.”
The definition of “peculiar people” is defined as “being God’s chosen people according to (Deuteronomy 14:2); a name adopted by certain fundamentalist Christian groups, signifying their refusal to conform to any rule of conduct that is contrary to the letter of spirit of the Bible.”
Then, while still using a dictionary, I happened to look down at a list of words that were Antonyms of the word “peculiar,” and it said: “ABNORMAL!” In other words, when God sees our HOLINESS, He sees His “CHOSEN” people; He sees His “peculiar people; He sees NORMAL! But when He looks at the world, what He sees in ABNORMAL! Just let that sink in for a minute…
When I receive the revelation that God CHOSE ME, and He brought me OUT of the MESS I was in, I can make the CHOICE to live a life a HOLINESS! When I CHOOSE HOLINESS, I can CELEBRATE it! When I CHOOSE HOLINESS, it is no longer, simply a “standard,” or a list of do’s and don’ts! When I CHOOSE HOLINESS I can CELEBRATE it, instead of looking at it as a burden to bear, or something I “have to!”
When HOLINESS becomes a REVELATION of the heart, I can CELEBRATE HOLINESS because it SEPARATES ME FROM the world and all of its strongholds, addictions, and bondage!
I’m NOT COMPLAINING about HOLINESS or looking for loopholes around HOLINESS, I’m living a life of HOLINESS BY CHOICE and CELEBRATING A GOD WHO IS STILL HOLY!