Religious leaders discuss the word of God in this weekly feature. Published on Fridays, Church Talk discusses themes from the Bible as well as looking at current events in a Christian context.
The headline might sound like the title from an old soap, but in fact, this story’s older.
I’ll paint the setting and then tell you the story as told by the original orator.
If we were to say that becoming more holy is unnecessary, that we will simply remain in known sin, then we are effectively saying that God is not holy, that sin does not involve a contradiction and conflict in us, and that God has not made provision for victory.
“But if our Gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost...E teianei, te arai katoaia nei ta matou Evangelia, I arai’ia ia I te aronga e ta ia ratou uaorai” – 2 Corinthians 4:3.
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father in heaven,” (Matthew 5:16).
This may be one of the first verses you learned in Sunday school.
“Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth” - Revelation 2:10