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“Holiness is not an option. You do not choose whether or not you want to be holy. The Bible commands that believers be holy and God never calls us to do the impossible.”
So said Apostle Glenroy Collymore last Thursday night at Dalkeith Methodist Church, Dalkeith Hill, St Michael.
During a time of glorious worship, hearts and hands were lifted in praise as young and old clapped, danced and enjoyed themselves in God’s presence.
Methodists were partnering with the congregations of the Brittons Hill and Cornerstone Wesleyan Holiness churches for a week of services.
Collymore, the guest speaker, added spiritual fuel to the already fully-charged service when he admonished his listeners to “be holy as God is holy”, advising them to walk contrary to the ways of the world.
In his passionate sermon, he also implored his listeners to make certain their lives reflected that of Almighty God and that the plumb line which God uses to measure their “holy walk” bore results “that are plumb”.
“Part of the ministry of the Word of God is ‘be ye holy as I am holy’.
“A father loves when people say that his children look just like him. The world needs to look at you as the people of God and without a doubt, see something about you that connects you to a holy God. For too long that characteristic has been missing,” Collymore declared.
He also charged that for too long the church had been trying to become like the world and using the excuse that it was the way to win the world.
“That is a lame excuse,” Collymore said. “We must not conform to the world. The commandment still stands today that we must be holy as God is holy.
“There ought to be a clear, distinct mark of separation between the people that are not of God and those who are. There must not be a mistaken identity of who is who. People must see how you conduct yourselves in all manner of conversation and conduct. Holiness unto the Lord must be our watchword and song.”
The Wesleyan preacher described holiness as “that attribute of Almighty God”, noting it was a separation from the unclean and having the character of God.
“We live in the world but we cannot be caught up and wrapped up with everything in the world.
“People often misunderstand what holiness is. It has nothing to do with how you dress or wear your hair. It means that the character, spirit and nature of God are dwelling on the inside of you,” Collymore explained.
He further told his listeners the Holy Spirit would guide them into all truth, give them character and advise them how to behave.
“In these times, the church of God truly needs the Holy Spirit,” he stressed.
He urged the congregation to put away any crookedness in their lives and not to conform to the world’s standards, but be transformed by the renewal of their minds through the power of God, and to make holiness an attribute of theirs.
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