You Can’t Catch Holiness

Writer Author  Elizabeth Parker
Christian Article : Christianity  - Fiction  No

Christian Author Writer Thus says the Lord of hosts: Ask now the priests to decide this question of law: If one carries in the skirt of his garment flesh that is holy (because it has been offered in sacrifice to God), and with his skirt or the flaps of his garment he touches bread, or pottage, or wine, or oil, or any kind of food, does what he touches become holy (dedicated to God's service exclusively)? And the priests answered No! (Holiness is not infectious, contagious.) Then said Haggai, If one who is (ceremonially) unclean because he has come in contact with a dead body should touch any of these articles of food, shall it be (ceremonially) unclean? And the priests answered, It shall be unclean. (Unholiness is infectious, contagious.)
— Haggai 2:11-13

Holiness has been defined as "separation to God," a separation that should result in "conduct befitting those so separated." In the New Testament, the same Greek word translated holiness is also translated sanctification, which the Greek dictionary says "cannot be transferred or imputed." That means that holiness is an individual possession, one that is built up little by little. It can not be given to or taken from another person.

In other words, you can’t get to Heaven by hanging on to someone else’s coat tail.

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