God’s Standards of Holy Living

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“I therefore, the prisoner of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the vocation wherewith ye are called” (Ephesians 4:1.)

Introduction
There are Biblical standards that all true believers are expected to live by. This should not surprise us, for all organisations and associations have rules which their members agreed to abide by when enrolling. To think that Christ's church is exempt from obedience to God's standards is foolishness. Our handbook for good Christian practice is the Holy Bible.

Antinomianism
Many want the blessings, rights and privileges of Christianity without walking worthy in holiness and obedience. They consider themselves to be free from any law, even God's law. 'Antinomian' comes from combining a Latin and a Greek word together. 'Anti' (Latin) has the obvious meaning, and 'nomos' (Greek) means 'law.' Antinomianism is rife in our congregations. An antinomian believes that he is not obligated to keep the moral law since faith alone is necessary for salvation in the dispensation of grace. Therefore, according to the antinomianist, faith rules out the need for personal holiness and daily sanctification. But is this notion correct?

High Moral Standards
In every age there are those who will not conform to Biblical standards for living. Nevertheless God's standard of order and discipline in the church is very high. "It is reported commonly that there is fornication among you, and such fornication as is not so much as named among the Gentiles, that one should have his father's wife. And ye are puffed up, and have not rather mourned, that he that hath done this deed might be taken away from among you" (1 Corinthians 5:1-2.) "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us" (2 Thessalonians 3:6.) Why does He not want us to associate ourselves with those who refuse to walk godly? … “Evil communications corrupt good manners” (1 Corinthians 15:33.)

Yielded fully to Christ
An essential part of walking worthy is being committed to the Lord. Our commitment to Jesus Christ has to be greater than the devotion people show to worldly pursuits such as sports, music, politics and environmental issues. Paul writes in Philippians 1:20, "According to my earnest expectation and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life, or by death." Shame and being ashamed come from not yielding ourselves fully to God. Like Paul we must lay everything down before Him. This level of commitment is a matter of the will - absolute and unconditional surrender of the will. Once we begin to debate the necessity of this we will never walk worthy. 

Conclusion
Every true believer reaches a crisis point that has to have an immediate response. Will we move forward in Christ or will we hold back? Are we bold enough to choose to follow the Creator's standards for godly living? Will we make our stand for a holy life? Will we walk worthy regardless if others like it or not? God has given us a handbook whereby we can live “godly in Christ Jesus” (2 Timothy 3:12); we do not obey by fearful observance but through loving obedience … “If ye love me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15.)

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