“I have been writing this volume while residing in Germany for a teaching trip. I am humbled by penning these 95 theses in the same country as Martin Luther did many years ago. I submit these to the evangelical church of our day and pray that God would allow anything of truth in these pages to bend and change men’s hearts back to God.” – Greg Gordon –
It is useless for large companies of believers to spend long hours begging God to send revival. Unless we intend to reform we may as well not pray. Unless praying men have the insight and faith to amend their whole way of life to conform to the New Testament pattern there can be no true revival. – A.W. Tozer
I am currently reviewing and commenting on 95 theses to the modern evangelical church “revised” by Greg Gordon. The following discusses holiness.
Christ did not die on the cross to obtain a worldly Church or for worldly Saints but for a ‘glorious Church.‘
Ephesians 5:27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendour, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish
Titus 2:14 who gave himself for us to redeem us from all lawlessness and to purify for himself a people for his own possession who are zealous for good works.
Colossians 4:12 Epaphras, who is one of you, a servant of Christ Jesus, greets you, always struggling on your behalf in his prayers, that you may stand mature and fully assured in all the will of God.
When I read the New Testament, I see they struggled with many issues of faith, theology, and even sin. Yet, whenever the topic of sin came up, Paul and Peter made it clear that the church should be a spotless bride for Christ. To suggest that we continue in sin, as a church, suggests that Christ returns for a prostitute, instead.
Christ does not come into our unregenerate sickly impure hearts as many contemporary theologians say. He gives us a new heart to dwell in wherein is found holiness and righteousness.
2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation.[a] The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.
Matthew 5:8 Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Ezekiel 18:31 Cast away from you all the transgressions that you have committed, and make yourselves a new heart and a new spirit! Why will you die, O house of Israel?
Jesus tells us that in order to enter the Kingdom of Heaven, we must be born again. The old man, a slave to sin, passes away and Jesus gives us a new heart filled with the Spirit of God. Along with that comes appetites for holiness and the power, by that Spirit, to overcome sin. Living in the flesh, we will still find ourselves tempted, like Jesus. However, like our Savior, we can overcome temptation and live a life free from that bondage!
A holy Church is God‘s blessing to the world; an unholy Church is God‘s judgment upon the world.
Matthew 5:14,16 You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
Ephesians 4:1 I therefore, a prisoner for the Lord, urge you to walk in a manner worthy of the calling to which you have been called,
1 Thessalonians 2:12 we exhorted each one of you and encouraged you and charged you to walk in a manner worthy of God, who calls you into his own kingdom and glory.
When we walk away from God, embracing sin in any way, we bring down God’s judgment upon us. A powerless, unholy church is not only the natural result of such actions, but a part of God’s judgment, as well.