To fully delve into every aspect of what we believe as it pertains to Scripture would be quite lengthy. However, to give an overall synopsis; Covenant Temple is a Pentecostal Holiness Church that believes in the Old Time Way. Over the course of time many have strayed away from the strict holy faith and have failed to uphold the standard of holiness and righteousness that God's Word commands of us as becometh saints. We are required to be holy in “every”aspect of our lives. Our talk, walk, character, mentality, the way we dress, the way we worship and praise the Lord, should always reflect righteousness.
Joshua 24:15 reads: “And if it seem evil unto you to serve the LORD, choose you this day whom ye will serve; whether the gods which your fathers served that were on the other side of the flood, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land ye dwell: but as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
From this passage of Scripture we know and understand that serving the Lord in the beauty of holiness is indeed a willful, deliberate choice that one makes. Contrary to popular belief we do have “The Power of Choice,” thus “Freewill!” Matthew 6:24 reads: “No man can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon.” Romans 6:1-2 reads: “What shall we say then? Shall we continue in sin, that grace may abound? 2) God forbid. How shall we, that are dead to sin, live any longer therein?”
God disapproves of the mentality that most in the religious world possess which is “to do whatever you desire because everybody sins, it’s uncontrollable, it doesn’t matter how much sin is in your life, you can still be saved while you yet remain in sin because you have an advocate with the Father and you’re under grace.” This is an inaccurate perception. I John 2:1 reads: “My little children, these things write I unto you, that ye sin not. And if any man sin, we have an advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous:”
There are various accounts in the Word of God when Jesus heals the sick then He tells them to go and sin no more. It is not God's desire that we merely “sin less” but that we be “sinless.” However, most enjoy the pleasures of sin therefore they continue therein. Yes we live in a world full of temptation but we do not have to give in to that temptation. Satan tempted Jesus, he also brought negative thoughts to Jesus’ mind but even as Jesus rejected Satan, his temptations and his thoughts we must do the same. Jesus is our example and God demands perfection from us which is possible through the Holy Ghost. We of a surety should be able to proclaim “the prince of this world cometh and hath nothing in me.”
Matthew 5:48 reads: “Be ye therefore perfect, even as your Father which is in heaven is perfect.” Most misunderstand what this means. Depending on the context of the word perfect in the Scripture, it could have 3 basic meanings; 1) without blemish, 2) mature, 3) complete. They interpret this perfection to solely mean mature or complete but never interpret it to mean without blemish. The Scripture is saying “the exact same perfection that our Father God possesses we are required to be that.” Yes God is complete in Himself, far beyond just being mature and indeed without blemish. We are to be even as He is!
Yes if you sin you have an advocate with the Father and you can be forgiven through the grace of God, however, why would one make the conscious decision to continue doing that which they know God hates while they yet claim to love Him? Jesus said in John 14:15, “If ye love me, keep my commandments.” Our love for God is exemplified by and through our obedience to Him and His word. If we do not keep His commandments, words and statutes we do not love Him. Every time you sin it’s as if you crucify the Son of God afresh putting Him to an open shame yet again; as if His sufferings in the first crucifixion wasn’t enough.
There is no sin worth dying over nor spending an eternity in torment and damnation in hell’s fire! If one dies in sin there are no further chances to make it right with God. Revelation 22:11 reads: “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.” Whatever state one is in if they should die that’s the state they remain in.
In the Old Testament, before the Holy Ghost came the Priests had to make yearly sacrifices for their sins and for the sins of the people. Hebrews 9:13-14 reads: “For if the blood of bulls and of goats, and the ashes of an heifer sprinkling the unclean, sanctifieth to the purifying of the flesh: 14) How much more shall the blood of Christ, who through the eternal Spirit offered himself without spot to God, purge your conscience from dead works to serve the living God?”
Hebrews 10:1-4 reads: “For the law having a shadow of good things to come, and not the very image of the things, can never with those sacrifices which they offered year by year continually make the comers thereunto perfect. 2) For then would they not have ceased to be offered? because that the worshippers once purged should have had no more conscience of sins. 3) But in those sacrifices there is a remembrance again made of sins every year. 4) For it is not possible that the blood of bulls and of goats should take away sins.” Now that the Holy Ghost has come we have no excuse because we now have the power to live sin free through and by the redemptive work of Jesus Christ. Jesus was and is our sacrifice thus no longer a need for the blood of bulls and goats but rather by His shed blood we are able to be saved.
Popular Scriptures that most individuals utilize in hopes of validating their sins are: Romans 3:23, “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;” John 8:7, “...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone…” I John 1:8, “If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us.” Rom. 7:19-20 “For the good that I would I do not: but the evil which I would not, that I do. 20) Now if I do that I would not, it is no more I that do it, but sin that dwelleth in me.”
Let’s take a moment and briefly expound upon the true meanings of these Scriptures. Romans 3:23; yes all have “sinned” past tense. Not all are “sinning” present tense. At one point and time in your life you did indeed sin, fell short of the glory of God because of that state of sin and thus categorized as a sinner. Even if you didn’t directly commit a sin we were all once under sin because of our representative Adam who by choice disobeyed God. Most focus on what first man Adam did but somehow over look that which second man Adam Jesus did which is far greater than the first.
One must decide to forsake sin, decide to come to God and repent; turn away from their sins, decide to get saved. When you get saved you are “born again” old things are passed away as in the old way of sin and behold all things are made new as in your lifestyle is now transformed into the way of holiness. Once an individual is saved from sin they receive the gift of the Holy Ghost which gives them the power to abstain from sin. If in fact one’s current freedom from sin mutates into their former bondage of sin it is only by personal choice.
John 8:7; this account in the Word of God is about a women taken in adultery who the Scribes and Pharisees brought to Jesus in hopes that He would consent to them stoning her for her sin. However, the Scribes and Pharisees were hypercritical, possessing sin in their lives. Therefore, they had no right to stone her for her sin when in fact they deserved to be stoned for their sin. Thus the statement “...He that is without sin among you, let him first cast a stone at her.” This Scripture is in no wise to be used as a cloak for sin.
Matthew 7:1-5 reads: “Judge not, that ye be not judged. 2) For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again. 3) And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother's eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye? 4) Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye? 5) Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then shalt thou see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother's eye.”
Anyone who has sin in their lives is in no position to judge anyone else for their sin. However, if you’ve ceased from sin and you’re now saved and sanctified you have a right to judge righteously according to the statutes reflected in God's Word. I Corinthians 2:15 reads “But he that is spiritual judgeth all things, yet he himself is judged of no man.” There’s no need for anyone to judge you if you uphold the standard of the Word of God.
I John 1:8; again I reiterate, before you get saved you are a sinner therefore it is not true if you say you have no sin. This is why you need the Saviour to save you from sin. Once the Saviour saves you, you’re not suppose to go back to the very thing the Saviour saved you from. The Word of God describes this act of backsliding in Proverbs 26:11 which reads: “As a dog returneth to his vomit, so a fool returneth to his folly.” II Peter 2:20-22 “For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21) For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22) But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.”
II Corinthians 6:14-17 reads “Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? 15) And what concord hath Christ with Belial? or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? 16) And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols? for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my people. 17) Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.” Galatians 5:1 reads “Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.”
Romans 7:19-20; most in the religious world use Paul and his statements in Romans 7 as a cloak for their sin. However, Paul was an Apostle of the Lord Jesus Christ. He could not be God's Apostle and operate in this capacity while yet abiding in sin for God's Word declares that He dwelleth not in unclean temples. Therefore, it is clear that what Paul is saying is vastly different from what is perceived in Christendom. He is not talking about sin but rather the effects of sin (age, decay, cellular demise) that’s working in his members (body/veil) that he desires to stop but doesn’t know how to stop it. Paul was saved, living holy without sin and had knowledge of Immortal Life but he yet noticed his body dying and didn’t know how to effect this Immortal Life that he had knowledge of. Simply put, Paul wanted to live forever without death but didn’t know how. (For further knowledge of the true in depth meaning of Romans 7 please go to the Publications tab at the top of the webpage, select "Books" in the drop down menu and locate the Life Voyage Publication with Volume # - A 608001. For a small donation this book is available for your enlightenment.)
Romans 8:2 reads: “For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Jesus hath made me free from the law of sin and death.” The Law of the Spirit of Life is: if you cease from sin and possess the knowledge of Immortal Life you can live forever. The Law of Sin and Death is: if you continue in sin, you’ll die. Sadly some who ceased from sin, who truly loved the Lord died anyway because they didn't possess the knowledge of Immortal Life. They didn’t know that God intended for them to live forever without death therefore they died convinced this was the will of God and the only way to get to God; through the grave. They were convinced that the only way to get home was to die when actually they were already home in the body. While they are not lost and yet made it with the Lord, it was never intended for them to go by way of the grave.
Romans 6:23 reads: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Why would God being the Just God that He is pay you the wage of sin if you’ve ceased from sin? However, if you don’t know God's will for you is to live forever without death then you go by way of the grave. Hosea 4:6 reads: “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge:...” When you don’t know you go!