Gracious and Everlasting Father, to you we call upon today. Help us your children to know and worship you in true holiness of the heart, body, soul and spirit. Make us acceptable in your sight according to your holy standards. We ask that you will help us not to become a hypocrite in the name of holiness. Forgive us our short comings, and make us ready for the soon return of Our Master, JESUS CHRIST. Thank you LORD for this day. Thank you for this message. Only your Name shall be glorified forevermore through JESUS CHRIST Our LORD we pray. Amen. Halleluia.
Text: Matthew 23:27 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchres, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. 28 Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity."
Of a truth, holiness is an attribute of God Leviticus 11:44-45, whose name is holy 1 Chronicles 16:10, and dwells in a holy hill Psalm 3:4, served and worship by holy angels Revelation 14:10. The Holy God enjoins man to worship him by lifting up holy hands 1 Timothy 2:8, and to live peaceably among ourselves in holiness because none shall see Him without holiness Hebrews 12:14, whereby Apostle Peter warned us to be holy in all our conversation because the God that called us is a holy God 1 Peter 1:15-16.
In considering our text above, Our LORD JESUS CHRIST gave an insight into what a cover up holiness represents. A cover up holiness therefore is the holiness that mostly dwells on the outward appearance, with a conniving effect of diverting the attention of the public from the real personality behind the facial cover up through a holiness looks but overlaid with deadly poisons underneath. This cover up holiness is a pure manipulation in the body of CHRIST today which has turned a lot of people from serving the LORD Jesus Christ when the real personality behind the cover up holiness manifest. It is therefore not surprising when Jesus Christ our LORD aptly called them hypocrites.
Now, is it not surprising to you that people who ministered in the holy altars of God as choristers are having sexual relationship among themselves through boyfriend/girlfriend sinful relationships? This sin of sexual immorality thrives in the church today under the cover of holiness, as the general church will never suspect that the choirmaster and choirmistress are sin partners, the head usher and a member of the ushering department are sin partners, in fact that pastors are today the boyfriends of all the young ladies in their churches because daddy said come and see me. Who will ever know that such great wickedness is taking place under when holiness has been used to deceive people from seeing this rotteness! So it is very appalling.
Moreover, there are Christian brethren today especially among our sisters, who don't wear makeups, don't perm nor jerry curl their hair, no use of any form of jewelries, and wears long skirts and always cover their bodies with good covering clothes, but this holy appearance in the face doesn't stop them from being a backbiter, gossiper, liar, unforgiving, hatred, anger, and even a witch in some cases. There have been talks about fervent Christians who do say that anger is a part of them. This actions stated above and much more can never qualify anyone to be a true Christian, let alone a holy believer in Christ Jesus.
To be holy means exhibiting the true nature and character of God, which principally dwells in love. Holiness without love, tolerance, peaceful coexistence and care is pure witchcraft. Jesus said in John 13:34 "A new commandment I give unto you, That ye love one another; as I have loved you, that ye also love one another. 35 BY THIS SHALL ALL MEN KNOW THAT YE ARE MY DISCIPLES, IF YE HAVE LOVE ONE TO ANOTHER." Apostle John reaffirmed this position again in 1 John 4:20 "If a man say, I love God, and hateth his brother, he is a liar: for he that loveth not his brother whom he hath seen, how can he love God whom he hath not seen? 21 And this commandment have we from him, That he who loveth God love his brother also." We can see that there is no holiness without love, and you can't be holy and indulges in sin.
In conclusion, the LORD says in Joel 2:13 "AND REND YOUR HEART, AND NOT YOUR GARMENTS, and turn unto the LORD your God: for he is gracious and merciful, slow to anger, and of great kindness, and repenteth him of the evil." Once your heart has been regenerated, no evil thoughts or deeds will emanate from it again, and your holiness will be complete both in body, soul and spirit.
Remember, 1 Thessalonians 4:7 says "For God hath not called us unto uncleanness, but unto holiness." God bless you all.