Generally, my blogs are about the everyday joyful occurrences of being a Mom and a wife, but for some time now I have been mulling on going a different route for a while, as much for my own study as for your information. So get ready—things are going to be a little bit different around here…
About a month ago, I added the traffic tracker thing to my blog, which shows where people who visit my page are from. I also have the map gidgit, which shows where in the world (no pun intended) the most visits come from. I’ve noticed I have had a few hits from other countries. I wonder about these people in other countries who read about me, if they see me as being different from what they perceive as the stereotypical American citizen. That is, rich, materialistic, immoral, worldly and greedy. Thus, I want to share that I am different from your average American, a little “peculiar” as the Bible describes a true Christian, and why I am this way.
It seems that in this present age, everyone claims to be saved and on their way to heaven. Stop anyone in Wal-Mart and ask them, “Are you a Christian?” and it’s oh, yes! As if being an American citizen, which is a “Christian” nation (backslidden), gives a person an automatic ticket to heaven. Most people repeated a written, memorized prayer as a young child and believe in the false “once saved, always saved” doctrine. I believe the Baptist church is going to have a very hard time at judgment, when it is held accountable for all that have believed this lie and are now burning in hell. But I won’t go down that rabbit trail. Maybe that’s another blog for another day? Have patience with me. I am going somewhere with this.
It is obvious, just by looking at me that I am not your typical “evangelical” Christian. That is Baptist, Methodist, or even Nondenominational. I was once asked if I was a Mormon (?!). I still haven’t figured out what gave that impression! Upon first glance, the impression is “Pentecostal”. Oh! She’s Pentecostal. And, yes, I do believe in and have an experience like the one at the Day of Pentecost (Acts 2). But where I am different from most Pentecostals is that I do not believe this experience saves me, but rather that it keeps me. So, yes, I am Pentecostal, but first and foremost I am Holiness. In order to have that Pentecostal experience, I must first be holy—clean, sanctified, living free from sin. Often times I want to shake my head and reply, “No, I’m not Pentecostal, I am Holiness.” But I find here in Louisiana, that confuses people, and I really don’t want to get into a deep theological discussion in the bread aisle at Wal-Mart.
I am saved by the grace of God, believing in the only begotten son of God, Jesus Christ, that by His death and the shedding of His blood, my sins have been washed away. I believe this is the only way to Heaven.
John 14:6—Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
The simplest way to explain my beliefs is to say I believe in the doctrine of entire sanctification (through a progressive work). Sanctification--the act of God's grace by which the affections of men are purified, or alienated from sin and the world, and exalted to a supreme love to God; also, the state of being thus purified or sanctified. Please note, I believe this sanctification is progressive, that as one grows in maturity and strength spiritually, so he grows in sanctification.
You can read a more formal, structured account of my beliefs by clicking here. To address every aspect would take a lot of blog space, so I am going to highlight a few areas, (if there are any questions, feel free to ask in comment and I will do my best to answer, with scripture basis provided).
For me, Holiness is not just a set of “dos and don’ts”, or as some might say, a legalistic way of trying to earn my way to heaven by works, but it is a way of life, a lifestyle that is not binding, but liberating. Later, I will be posting about this lifestyle, and why I believe it is mandated in God’s Word that we live thus. Until then, have a great and blessed day!