In June we looked at the call to holiness for anyone who follows Jesus. The world doesn’t talk or stress much about being holy. In fact, most people chuckle at the suggestion that being holy is still relevant today. “Does holiness really matter?“
Is it just me, or are Christians becoming less holy? This summer, Do Not Depart team member Kathy Howard released a new Bible study called Embraced by Holiness, in which she shares a summary of a Barna Group nationwide study about moral convictions. The study compared busters (in their 20s & 30s) to pre-busters (over 40). In 25 of the 32 factors surveyed, it’s apparent busters are becoming less concerned about issues of morality. Kathy reports that “the biggest area of change is ‘Americans’ perspectives and behaviors related to sexuality.'” Most of the 20/30 somethings, for example, don’t have a problem with sex outside of marriage, cohabitation without marriage, and pornography viewing. Going a step further, “statistics showed only slight distinction between busters in general and born-again busters.” Christians are becoming less holy.
If we’re going to talk about holiness for followers of Christ today, we can’t leave out our sexuality. Holiness may not be trendy or popular, but our team is committed to sharing God’s truth for relevant needs today. We will focus on what scripture says and strive to address this personal, but necessary, issue with grace and dignity. If we’re going to talk about God’s truth, we have to talk about Purity for Today’s Christian Woman.