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HOLINESS

 

The following is taken from Bishop J.C. Ryle's (1816-1900) classic book Holiness (pub. 1877). Bishop Ryle was Bishop of Liverpool, England and the foremost leader of evangelical Anglicans.

 

I. First, then let me try to show what true practical holiness is—what sort of persons are

those whom God calls holy.

A man may go great lengths, and yet never reach true holiness. It is not knowledge—Balaam had that; nor great profession—Judas Iscariot had that; nor doing many things—Herod had that; nor zeal for certain matters in religion—Jehu had that; nor morality and outward respectability of conduct—the young ruler had that; nor taking pleasure in hearing preachers—the Jews in Ezekiel's time had that; nor keeping company with godly people—Joab and Gehazi and Demas had that. Yet none of these was holy! These things are not holiness. A man may have any one of them and yet never see the Lord.

(a) Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture.

(b) A holy man will endeavour to shun every known sin and to keep every known commandment.

(c) A holy man will strive to be like our Lord Jesus Christ.

(d) A holy man will follow after meekness, longsuffering, gentleness, patience, kind tempers, government of his tongue.

(e) A holy man will follow after temperance and self-denial.

(f) A holy man will follow after charity and brotherly kindness.

(g) A holy man will follow after a spirit of mercy and benevolence towards others.

(h) A holy may will follow after purity of heart.

(i) A holy man will follow after the fear of God.

(j) A holy man will follow after humility.

(k) A holy man will follow after faithfulness in all the duties and relations in life.

(l) Last, but not least, a holy man will follow after spiritual mindedness.

I do not say for a moment that holiness shuts out the presence of indwelling sin. No: far from it. It is the greatest misery of a holy man that he carries about with him a "body of death"; -that often when he would do good "evil is present with him".

Neither do I say that holiness comes to ripeness and perfection all at once, or that these graces I have touched on must be found in full bloom and vigour before you can call a man holy. No: far from it. Sanctification is always a progressive work. And sanctification in the very best is an imperfect work.

 

II. Let me try, in the next place, to show some reasons why practical holiness is so important.

Can holiness save us? Can holiness put away sin—cover iniquities—make satisfaction for transgressions—pay our debt to God? No: not a whit. God forbid that I should ever say so. Holiness can do none of these things. The brightest saints are all "unprofitable servants."

 

Why then is holiness so important?

•  For one thing, we must be holy, because the voice of God in Scripture plainly

commands it.

•  We must be holy, because this is one grand end and purpose for which Christ

came into the world. "Christ loved the Church, and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it" (Eph. 5:25-26). In short, to talk of men being saved from the guilt of sin, without being at the same time saved from its dominion in their hearts, is to contradict the witness of all Scripture.

•  We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we have saving faith in our Lord Jesus Christ. The Twelfth Article of our Church says truly, that "Although good works cannot put away our sins, and endure the severity of God's judgment, yet are they pleasing and acceptable to God in Christ, and do spring out necessarily of a true and lively faith; insomuch that by them a lively faith may be as evidently known as a tree discerned by its fruits."

•  We must be holy, because this is the only proof that we love the Lord Jesus Christ in sincerity. Surely that man must be in an unhealthy state of soul who can think of all that Jesus suffered, and yet cling to those sins for which that suffering was undergone.

•  We must be holy, because this is the only sound evidence that we are true children of God.

•  We must be holy, because this is the most likely way to do good to others. Our lives will always be doing either good or harm to those who see them. They are a silent sermon which all can read. I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of. Such men are among Satan's best allies. They pull down by their lives what ministers build with their lips. They supply the children of this world with a never ending excuse for remaining as the are.

•  We must be holy, because our present comfort depends much upon it. Our justification is not by works—our calling and election are not according to our works—but it is vain for anyone to suppose that he will have a lively sense of his justification, or an assurance of his calling, so long as he neglects good works, or does not strive to live a holy life.

•  Lastly, we must be holy, because without holiness on earth we shall never be prepared to enjoy heaven.

I think it is sometimes forgotten that God has married together justification and sanctification. They are distinct and different things, beyond question, but one is never found without the other. All justified people are sanctified, and all sanctified are justified. What God has joined together let no man dare to put asunder. Tell me not of your justification, unless you have also some marks of sanctification. Boast not of Christ's work for you, unless you can show us the Spirit's work in you. Think not that Christ and the Spirit can ever be divided.

 

PARISH NEWS

St. Andrew's Preschool held it's Open House Sunday afternoon, August 21, 2011. Classes will start September 6. Do pray for a successful year.

 

In Memory

Andrea Grace Stadlin, age 70, went to be with the Lord July 27, 2011. She is survived by her sister, Diane Anderson Fleischman, and nephews, David and Paul Anderson and their families. Our sympathies are extended to Dee and her sons who loved their Andi dearly.

 

SUNDAY SCHOOL

Resuming September 11, 2011
with RALLY DAY PICNIC
following Holy Communion Service
All Saints' Anglican Church will be joining us for services and the picnic.

 

WORK DAY

Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011
Starting at 9 a.m.

 

ANNUAL HOMECOMING & EPISCOPAL VISIT

Bishop Royal Grote will be with us for his annual visit on Sunday, Oct. 16, 2011 which will be our Homecoming Sunday. Invite others to join us for the day's events.

 

NEW MISSIONARY of the MONTH

We welcome and pray for Rev. Shola Falodun, the new Vicar at All Saints' Anglican Church, and his family. Rev. Falodun began his ministry in August at the mission church in Chicago Heights . May God bless All Saints' and this new family as they serve Christ.

 

 

 


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SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS

1 - Nancy Toomey
4 - Alex Poole
12 - Peter Poole
12 - Oye Olajide
15 - Jim Casper
17 - Elizabeth Domato
20 - Franklin H. Sellers, Jr.
23 - Steve Horosinski
28 - Brian Sutton
30 - Dennis Domato

 

 

WHAT GOD HATH PROMISED

God hath not promised
Skies always blue,
Flower-strewn pathways
All our lives through;
God hath not promised
Sun without rain,
Joy without sorrow,
Peace without pain.

But God hath promised
Strength for the day,
Rest for the labor,
Light for the way,
Grace for the trials,
Help from above,
Unfailing sympathy,
Undying love.

-- Annie Johnson Flint

 


 


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