Holiness vs Legalism

Paul and Barnabas agreed to go visit all the brethren to whom they ministered the gospel. However, they could not agree to take John Mark with them. Barnabas wanted John Mark with them, while Paul didn’t because he left them while ministering in Pamphylia. Read Acts 15:36-39.

They argued over this matter to the point of separation. What? Holy Apostles?!
Acts 15:39 “And the contention was so sharp between them, that they departed asunder one from the other: and so Barnabas took Mark, and sailed unto Cyprus;”

I thought holy people must never feel anger. They must never feel jealousy. In fact the only time they get attracted to the opposite sex is when they see their wives or husband. I thought Holy singles must never feel like touching the opposite sex. I thought a holy single male disciple of Christ should never have erection except when he wakes up in the morning. All these aren’t true.

Beware of the messages on holiness that’ll give you an impression that your body impulses should be dead if you’re saved. So, if you still feel like being touched by the opposite sex at anytime, you must be saved from a demon. Such messages are lies.

Matthew 26:39 “And he went a little farther, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt.”

Why did he pray such prayer? He felt like a man. He had divinity but we still saw humanity. God’s will was done. That’s all. He submitted. submission must overcome temptation. You must be tempted. You’re still human!

Jesus felt like quitting, but he didn’t quit.
To feel like fornicating doesn’t make you a fornicator.
To feel like sleeping doesn’t mean you sleep.

You feel like beating your wife doesn’t mean you’ve beaten her.
You feel like slapping your husband doesn’t mean you’ve SLAPPED him.

You feel like sinning? Holy men feel it too! You’ve not sinned until you DECIDE to sin!
To be pressed, beaten and kicked doesn’t make you defeated until you give up.

Paul, Peter, even Lord Christ Jesus had their struggles but they submitted to God.
Hebrews 4:15 “For we have not an High Priest which cannot be touched with the feeling of our infirmities; but was in all points tempted like as we are, yet without sin.”

Jesus was tempted “in all points” like we are now being tempted, but didn’t sin. Temptation is one thing, sin is another. You’re born again? Good. Get ready. Your old habit will still play tricks with your mind. Your body isn’t born again! You must just subject it to God’s word by the Holy Spirit.

These legalistic holiness preachers preached legalism to a brother. He was tempted with fornication and fell. To douse the guilt that ensued, he committed suicide. He couldn’t comprehend God’s forgiving grace.

Holiness preacher pastor preached hard. They tell you that “If you get butterflies for a man or woman, you’re possessed, Christ isn’t like that. He’s not in you.” Ah! That’s not the gospel.
You sin when you let the butterfly lead you.

Butterfly for the opposite sex will ever fly! You just must by the Spirit let it not lead you. No wonder so many young people under these kind of pastors and pastor’s wives are clapping in service but dying in the secret.
These ones raise robots and pharisees, not disciples.

Peter felt like a man even while he carried the Holy Spirit to preach with power that saved three thousand souls. Yet he gave in to temptation of dissimulation. That’s why Paul scolded him to his face. Read Galatians 2. Paul insulted a secular elder. He apologized after being corrected. Read Acts 23.

Holiness is God’s nature. We partake in it by being saved by His Son and following the dictates of the Holy Ghost. Be careful not to want to help God in getting people holy so much that you teach extra scriptural things.

It’s so bad that people judge holiness by observing looks. If you’re handsome, have a charming smile, dress smartly and you’re smooth, you’re a sinner. If you’re ugly, use oversized clothing, and wear the countenance of Fadeyi Oloro, you’re spiritual. You must always make it hard on people.

Am I now teaching error?
” Clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience.” Colossians 3:12

God has entrusted each of us with influence in the lives of others. We have a deep responsibility in those relationships, not only to spouses and children, but to friends, employees, and customers.

The temptation to press too hard, to demand too much, to force progress, or to orchestrate success can lead us to harm others even when we don’t realize it. For this very reason, followers of Christ are urged to be patient and gentle with one another (Col. 3:12). Since Jesus, the Son of God, came in humility, how can we withhold such kindness from one another?

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