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Echoing Cath’s comment about a previous poll, this one seems to me to be a bit “tricky.” But, here goes…
Yes, holiness is absolutely necessary for “without holiness no one shall see the Lord.” It is completely incongruous to imagine a person “saved from sin” yet living in unrepentant, unchecked sin. It seems to be the Scripture’s testimony that a lack of holiness = lack of true salvation.
However…are we speaking of personal, legal holiness or the holiness imputed to us by Christ? In that case, again, without His holiness and righteousness on our behalf we definitely won’t see the Lord (eg; will die in our sins).
But if we are speaking of across-the-board legal (personal) righteousness, then who is to say how much righteousness/holiness is needed? I think that’s where it gets tricky. (At least, in my own life! ARGGH) Certainly, as John MacArthur so often says, it is the *direction* of your heart towards righteousness that either affirms or denies said profession. IOW, is there a definite direction (however up and down!) in your life that increases toward righteousness? If so, that would seem to speak of evidence of regeneration.
just my .02 :-)
I say yes. But only Jesus’ holiness, because we have none of our own right?
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