The hope of the world as well as the hope of the church is in scriptural holiness, and the danger of the world as well as the danger of the church is in worldliness. It looks like we are hard pressed for words when we say it is dangerous for a worldly man or woman to be worldly, and yet that is the very thing we need. The Book said that "the sinner is in the world," and He said that the world will love its own. We see that is true. A gambler can go to town and find a gambling house before sundown. A drunkard can go to town and find a bootlegger before bedtime. A safecracker can go to town and locate a bank before he goes to supper, and an adulterer can go to town and locate a den of vice before the day is over. They seem to know each other, and work to each other's hand, and that within itself proves the awful danger is seen in the fact that the world in which they are is the very thing that will destroy them. And there is no power that can save a man from worldliness but the one thing that we call scriptural holiness.
Bishop Joyce said that holiness was God's proposition to get the Devil out of man. He never said a truer thing than that. We have seen men and women who have gone to the bottom in downright worldliness but they would weep their way to the altar, unload the affairs of this life and the old world, in such a way that they were born again and taken out of the world, and . maybe a few weeks later the same person would be cleansed and purified and made holy. And then they had been taken out of the world, and the world had been taken out of them, and while they were in a sense in the world, yet they were not of the world, and they were as free from worldliness as if they had never been mixed up with it. So worldliness has power enough in it to wreck, ruin, blight, blast, mildew, and damn the soul. While holiness has power enough to undo everything in the human heart that sin and the Devil and the world has done for him and lift him above the whole thing and make him a fit subject to keep company with the angels and walk and talk with God.
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