Hungering for Holiness in a Wicked World
An Amazing Fact: One reason swans can float so gracefully above a murky pond is that they constantly clean and preen their pure-white feathers, combing them with a special oil that comes from a gland on their tails. This antibiotic oil waterproofs their feathers and protects them against lice. If they should neglect caring for their plumage, however, their feathers would soon become dirty and waterlogged—and they would lose the ability to fly!
Jesus came to save us from our sins. He longs to see His purity reflected among His people, presenting “her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish” (Ephesians 5:27). Can you imagine the mighty witness we would have if every believer hungered and thirsted for righteousness as intently as a swan guards its plumage? We would soar to new heights of evangelism!
A sanctified people is the most potent argument for the truth. But, tragically, today you can scarcely see a difference between the professed followers of Christ and the world, and nothing is more dangerous to the cause of Christ than a church that is indifferent about holiness in our homes, sanctuaries, and daily lives.
“Be Holy, for I am Holy”
As Amazing Facts marks 50 years of mission, I won’t soon forget the legacy of Joe Crews and his bold preaching for purity. Like him, I believe God’s biggest goal for our lives is holiness. Without this transformation, we cannot be saved. “Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord” (Hebrews 12:14).
We have all sinned. And Jesus is the only one who lived a perfectly holy life on earth (1 Peter 2:22; Romans 3:23). He alone can impart holiness, but that is precisely His plan—to transform us to be like Him. Because of our love for the Lord, shouldn’t we be hungering for holy lives?
Preaching Holiness Draws People!
One Christian writer said, “How little people know who think holiness is dull. When one meets the real thing, it is irresistible.” Through the many thousands of letters, emails, and phone calls we get in response to the many ministries you make possible, I can attest to the truth of this. Holiness is like a magnet to people trapped in the desperate mire of sin-filled lives! Indeed, your generous support reaches out boldly to help people find the way to sanctified freedom in Christ. Whether this message goes out on the airwaves, in sharing books and magazines, or through online evangelism —their lives are being dramatically changed for eternity!
The Liberating Truth
And we see this influence worldwide! Rica writes from the Philippines that she rebelled from the faith. She believed, “So what if I am naughty and say bad words? God will never refuse me!” She believed that if she just had religion, it was all she needed. This tragic misunderstanding led her down a perilous, dark road, and she became weaker in a compromised faith. She says, “I became suicidal. … I would glare at the altar and throw the Bible away.”
But all that changed when Rica’s father introduced her to Amazing Facts. She explains, “I was deeply moved by what Pastor Doug was saying. I thank God for that precious day. My pain and brokenness were replaced by love from God.”
Of course, the message of holiness is really a message of love. When we truly love God, we will spend time with Him to maintain a close, loving relationship and obey Him by being conformed to His will and keeping all of His commandments. Sadly, even in God’s church, we see increasing deviation from holy living, a compromise of truth resulting in a steady erosion of principles. Amazing Facts must remain committed to preaching holiness. Will you help change more lives like Rica’s and Jonathan’s with this beautiful truth?
Preaching a Core Message
Bible prophecy predicts one day soon, those who are faithful to God’s law will be under extreme pressure to ignore the fourth commandment and accept a false day of worship. Already we’ve seen the pope promoting that agenda, which is why I look forward to sharing the pure Sabbath truth in our upcoming series, The Last Day of Prophecy, in North Carolina next month. Will you please remember this critical outreach and our message of holiness with your prayers and gifts today?
Thank you again for co-laboring with me in 2016 to teach and preach straight biblical godliness to this perishing world and bring hope to millions around the world!
With sincere appreciation,
Pastor Doug Batchelor
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