What is Sin and what are the expectations of a holy life style?
Does the Bible define what is expected?
study doesnít have the lofty goal of providing a complete list of
all things that may or may not be sinful acts, but is instead an
attempt to list some of the controversial topics for today and
scriptures related to these. If we canít provide a bible basis for
certain beliefs, then it must be from manís traditions and not from
God. This doesnít mean that a topic has to be expressly mentioned by
name in scripture but should at minimum be tied to a fundamental
Bible principle or doctrine.
understand that keeping the commandments of the Lord (being morally
good) without being spiritually born again, does not justify your
salvation before God. But after a person has become a born again
believer, then works of righteousness will follow.
basis of most Christian and ethical beliefs can be referenced to the
Ten Commandments provided on tables of stone.
And God spoke all these words, saying, 20:2
I am the LORD thy God, which have brought thee out of the
land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. 3
Thou shalt have no
other gods before me.
Second Commandment: Exodus 20:4
Thou shalt not make
unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is
in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the
water under the earth: 20:5
Thou shalt not bow
down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am
a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the
children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me;
20:6 And showing
mercy unto thousands of them that love me, and keep my commandments.
Third Commandment: Exodus 20:7
Thou shalt not take the name of the LORD thy God in vain; for the LORD will not
hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain.
Fourth Commandment: Exodus 20:8
Remember the sabbath
day, to keep it holy. 20:9
Six days shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: 20:10
But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it
thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy
manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger
that is within thy gates: 20:11
For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and
all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD
blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Fifth Commandment: Exodus
Honor thy father and thy
mother: that thy days may be long upon the land which the LORD
thy God giveth thee.
Six Commandment: Exodus
20:13 Thou shalt not kill.
Seventh Commandment: Exodus
20:14 Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Eighth Commandment: Exodus
20:15 Thou shalt
Ninth Commandment: Exodus
20:16 Thou shalt
not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
Tenth Commandment: Exodus
20:17 Thou shalt
not covet thy neighbor's house, thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's
wife, nor his manservant, nor his maidservant, nor his ox, nor his
ass, nor any thing that is
Jesus identified the two most important of the Ten Commandments.
Notice that the other eight commandments fall under these.
Master, which is the
great commandment in the law? 22:37
Jesus said unto him, Thou
shalt love the Lord thy God
with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy
mind. 22:38 This
is the first and great commandment. 22:39
And the second is like unto it,
Thou shalt love thy neighbor
as thyself. 22:40
On these two commandments hang all the law and the prophets.
Are all Church
doctrines based on the Word of God?
If I didnít mention the areas where you have questions, then I
recommend that you go to the Word of God and study to find Godís
views. If a Church doctrine canít be identified by commandments or
fundamental truths of the Bible, then it must not be based on Godís
desire, but manís desires. In the book of Revelations, we can see
what God thinks about adding undue hardships to the Word or ignoring
For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the
prophecy of this book, If any
man shall add unto these
things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in
this book: 22:19
And if any man shall
from the words of the book
of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of
life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are
written in this book.
the first chapter of Philippians (text below), Paul warns that some
ministers preach with envy and strife to add afflictions to the
hearer. The principles of Holiness should not be compromised, but
they should be presented with Godís love and compassion as the
Christian experience is one that requires continual spiritual growth
(1 Peter 2:2 and 1 Corinthians 3:2 describe new Christians as
ďnewborn babesĒ that desire the sincere milk of the word). We
definitely do not want to add unnecessary afflictions that are based
on man made doctrines. As a sinner, would you be most receptive to a
sermon presented in anger or with one presented with the Love that
God represents? In both methods Paul rejoiced though because the
Gospel message was being preached.
Some indeed preach
Christ even of envy and strife;
and some also of good will:
The one preach Christ
of contention, not sincerely, supposing to add affliction to my
But the other of love,
knowing that I am set for the defense of the gospel.
What then? notwithstanding, every way, whether in pretense,
or in truth, Christ is preached; and I therein do rejoice, yea, and
I have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto ye
were not able to bear it, neither yet now are ye able.
"The Holiness Handbook" document.
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