Holiness! It must be the goal of every Christian who is serious about their relationship with God in the here and now, while retaining the blessed hope of seeing Him in the hereafter. Why am I so convinced of this? Because I believe the Word of God as written in Hebrews 12:14: “Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord.”
Can it be any plainer than that? Without holiness, we cannot see the Lord. It’s a frightening thought, especially in today’s society, where most of us are far from living a holy lifestyle. This may be because we hope God will judge us all on the curve, but it’s probably because of an unfounded teaching among many Christians that simple belief in Christ’s death and resurrection qualifies them as holy in the sight of God - no further action required; they are eternally secure. This erroneous teaching could cost souls their heavenly rewards, as well as their eternity with Christ.
In my recently-published book, America's Role in Armageddon, I describe my pursuit to understand the model walk before God, through intense study of the scriptures. This holy walk I describe will ensure we will see God when this current reality ends. It provides our only real hope in these troubled times, which, I believe, are a prelude to the Great Tribulation, the end of time, and the return of Jesus Christ.
Granted, no man knows the day and hour Christ will return. But it is certain that today's decline in morality and disintegration of true Christianity calls to mind the end of times, as described in the Bible. In times like these, we must change our ways. Without a pursuit of holiness, no man shall rise to meet the Lord when He comes back for His own. In these last days, flirting with sin will leave us like the five foolish virgins, unprepared for Christ’s Second Coming. The eternal consequences of impurity and the imminence of our Lord’s return mandate a state of perpetual readiness, a constant pledge of purity, a relentless quest for personal holiness.
There is no magic formula for the model walk before God. Each of us must work out our own salvation as we press toward the mark of Christlikeness. Of course, the Bible is the ultimate guide and source of our beliefs. I hope that my attempt to present its teachings regarding holiness is done in a way that does not seem dogmatic or offensive but, rather, encourages us all to sense the urgency of the times and to determine that we, by the help and grace of God Almighty, will obey when He says, “… as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation …” (1 Peter 1:15)