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Published by Lahry Sibley
The standard of Christian living is quite high.....
The standard of Christian living is quite high.....

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Published by: Lahry Sibley on Mar 17, 2011
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By Lahry Sibley
1 Thes 4:
7 For Yahweh has not called us to impurity but toconsecration [to dedicate ourselves to the most thorough purity].
Consecration – a most holy pursuit of thorough purity. Does that set the bartoo high? I think not. For true salvation has already been established as thehighest pinnacle there is, in our Messiah. One cannot lower that standardthrough compromise and unbelief. We can only suffer the consequences andloss of failing to see the standard, as it really is, and acting accordingly. Thisoften happens we listen to men, rather than God and His Most Holy Word.
8 Therefore whoever disregards (sets aside and rejects this)disregards not man but Yahweh, Whose [very] Spirit [Whom] Hegives to you is holy (chaste, pure).
Can we just stop right here together for a moment, and understand that this“setting aside” and “rejection” of sound doctrine has been going on since theSavior ascended into heaven? We need to remember, that the printing pressdid not come along until the 1600’s. Church leaders in many places wereilliterate their entire lives. Even if they could read and write, most had noscripture at all, old or new covenant. What scripture was available was oftenwhat we call the “Old Covenant”, and seldom was that available as we knowit today, a completed work.So greek philosophy, pagan ritual, Judaism all began to leaven the lump, asevidenced in Acts 15. Things went down hill from there. That’s why theGospels were written. That’s why the Epistles were written. Because theApostles and leaders recognized that if they did not write about these thingsthat Yah’shua did, and how we should pursue His holiness and purity in allwe say and do, Christianity itself may be lost.So we have 2000 years of leaven, polluting and diluting truth and light. Thefirst book to be printed was the Bible, in the 1600’s. Since then, men havebeen trying to turn things around and bring the so called church back to it’sintended place before Yahweh and man. We have not succeeded very well.We are still teaching apostasy in many places, and even exporting this erroras “missionaries” into foreign countries.
The warning above, from the Apostle Paul assigns responsibility for thiskalidescope of truth and error squarely where it belongs. On man, notYaweh. The standard says that our pursuit in this life, is thorough purity. If aperson is truly converted, he/she begins to realize the joy and freedom theCROSS have provided in cleansing and making pure, a heart that has beeninfinitely wicked. Glory to Yahweh. The CROSS destroys who we are, so thatWHO HE IS can take up residence in us, and establish His stronghold of chastity and purity within.Those would “excuse”, “reason”, and “compromise” this Sacred Word of Yahweh, pollute, dilute, and toxify said PURITY. This to me, is veryfrightening. Small wonder the Apostle tells us we need to pursue purity inour lifestyle and habits. In other words, STAY AWAY FROM DIRT, in all it’sforms and vices. Run from it!!!! I love the way the Amplified Bible statesRomans 12:9. Let me share it with you, if I may….
Romans 12:
9 [Let your] love be sincere (a real thing); hate what isevil [loathe all ungodliness, turn in horror from wickedness], but hold fast to that which is good.
Loathe all ungodliness, TURN IN HORROR from ALL wickedness. One cannotplay in dirt and not get dirty. It’s impossible! I remember when my momwould dress us for church. She’d try to keep us inside and away fromanything dirty. Why? Because she did not want us to get our church clothesdirty. She worked hard to wash and iron them for us. And she wanted us toshow up at church without spot or wrinkle. Saints, this is Yahweh’s heart forus. He wants us to come to Him when He calls, without spot or wrinkle. Inorder for this to happen, we must make it our life’s pursuit to keep cleanwhat He
has cleansed 
, from all unrighteousness! In order to do that, weMUST flee in HORROR from all ungodliness, all spiritual dirt!! We mustdistance ourselves from it!Romans 12:9 always brings to mind those folks on TV News during the 9/11catastrophe. You remember those folks fleeing that enormous dust cloudwhen the buildings came crashing down? I can still see these particular 3 or4 people running in my mind, with all their might, neck ties over theirshoulders, fleeing in horror. Oh that Yahweh would give us a renewedsensitivity to all forms and fashions of “spiritual dirt”, and a desire to fleefrom it in horror!!!!! DON’T GO TO DIRTY PLACES!

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