To be sanctified is to be set apart, to be made holy. Jesus said that we would be sanctified by faith in Him. That is, what distinguishes us from our old selves is faith in Him – trusting in His being. There are those who would alter the gospel and say that sanctification is achieved by church membership. Oh, they may not use those precise words. They may use terms like “fellowship with other believers” or “submission to the brethren,” or “faithfulness to His body the church” but they all amount to the same thing. None of these things sanctify you, but people act like they do. Clergy scour the world looking for people who don’t go to church so they can get them to go to church (I used to be one of those pastors).
They believe that if everyone went to church, that the world would be a better place – but it wouldn’t. Morality is no better among church members than among society at large. This is because church attendance does not sanctify; only faith sanctifies.
If you would walk with God, if you would be continually cleansed by His forgiveness, then walk by faith. Faith in Him. He is alive. He is present. Stop acting like He only opens His eyes when you call on Him. He sees and hears everything. He knows the secrets sins of your heart. If you don’t remove these sins then your faith is defiled and you cannot please Him.
Bible notes on this post.
The purpose of this blog is to praise Jesus Christ for those who want to hear about Him without having to join something.