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What About this Rumor?

Imagine hearing that the leaders of a major church denomination have decided to ask all of its members to stop using the word “holy”.

With a little research we confirm that the report is true, that the denomination’s elders are discouraging the use of the word and are even recommending a rewording of the Apostle Peter’s words, “Just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do; for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy” (1Peter 1:15-16).

Then, after hearing all kinds of rumors about how the denomination is becoming heretical to the point of not wanting the moral pressure of being different than anyone else we hear that the request for a “word stoppage” is as true as the rumors are slanderous.

We discover that  church leaders are coining and recommending a new word in an attempt to more accurately reflect the  meaning of “holy?” A written explanation suggests:

1.  Concern that a general misunderstanding of “holy” has created conflict among followers of Christ, and isolated them from those they are called to help.

2.  This is happening despite the fact that the word holy doesn’t mean morally sinless even though the one true God is by nature morally and spiritually sinless.

3.  As the Bible uses the word of people like us it means to be “set apart” for special use.

4.  This is why the Bible uses the word of a nation that was described by its prophets as being worse in character than its pagan neighbors.

5.  This is why the Bible  says that real followers of Christ are already holy (1Peter 2:9) and why
the word is also used to describe a day, a place, the ground around a burning bush, clothing, furniture, and other various temple items.

Whether or not you think a denominational initiative to remove the word “holy” from active usage would be wise, can you see that such fictitious leaders could theoretically make a good case for their action by going on to quote something else that Peter went on to write:

Now that you have purified  yourselves by obeying  the truth so that you have sincere love for each other, love one another deeply,  from the heart.” (1Peter 2:22)


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66 Responses to “What About this Rumor?”

  1. SFDBWV says:

    Mart, after reading your topic over a few times this morning a couple thoughts jumped out at me.

    First since it is a purely hypothetical question all of my comments are equally hypothetical.

    Then I thought that this is just what has been happening to scripture in the modernization of bringing it into a more updated enlightened and neo-accurate interpretation.

    Instead of a large denomination though it is done by organizations mostly unknown to the majority of believers and then due to the academic influence accepted by the lesser educated multi denominational churches that fall under their leading.

    My first answer to your questions is another question; what is the motive behind the “word stoppage” and is the action to do so from the intellectual mind or is it from the inspiration of the Holy Spirit?

    Satan makes a very good case every time he causes people to accept a lie.

    Our defense is always the same, does it agree with other scripture and what does the Holy Spirit say to you.

    An addendum to my answer is this, false leaders and false teachers get their motivation from a false spirit and have and will lead any away that have not the knowledge of scripture and the Holy Spirit to guide them.


  • Mart De Haan says:

    Good morning, Steve,
    For the purposes of this post and discussion, let’s let the motives of the fictitious leaders stand as expressed. Let’s also remember that the Bible was not written in English.

    Your measure of “how does the Bible use the word as it relates to the Lord’s people” i.e. so that we can recognize the Holy Spirit rather than our own “instincts” is, I think, the right approach.