Okay. Now that more “Christian” Colleges have dropped the ban on alcohol and tobacco, what’s next? Anyone familiar with the Bible knows that drunkenness is condemned in the strongest of terms. Scripture plainly states that drunks don’t inherit the kingdom of God (see 1 Cor. 6:9-10). Drunkenness and abuse are condemned in both Testaments.
Imbalanced preaching emphasizes your Depravity more than your Deliverance. It highlights your Vileness and scarcely references your Victory. Such preachers pound your Rottenness without mentioning you have Christ’s Righteousness. They hammer you from Mount Sinai, but seldom encourage you with the glory of Mount Calvary.
There are two types of preaching: 1. Preaching that “whitewashes sin” by failing to call it out in plain terms. 2. Preaching that “washes sin white” by unmasking its deceitfulness and proclaiming Christ’s blood as its cure.
The "no-holiness-now" advocates, be they Puritanical or antinomian, are united in the belief that holiness on earth is not for today. (Antinomian—the view that Christians are released by grace from the obligation of observing the moral law)
Holiness defines God's character, first and foremost. It is His complete "otherness" that distinguishes Him from us. He is "separate" from all creation. Yet both Testaments command God's people to be holy (Lev . 20:26, 1 Pet. 1:16). This three-time holy God makes holiness an imperative—"Be ye holy."