because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” I Peter 1:16 NKJV
God takes holiness seriously. He Himself is holy and calls us to holiness. Some in the church equate any level of holiness and obedience to legalism or being a pharisee. The fact is the Bible has much to say about holiness. Let’s look at a few Scriptures.
Matthew 5:17-20 NKJV ““Do not think that I came to destroy the Law or the Prophets. I did not come to destroy but to fulfill. For assuredly, I say to you, till heaven and earth pass away, one jot or one tittle will by no means pass from the law till all is fulfilled. Whoever therefore breaks one of the least of these commandments, and teaches men so, shall be called least in the kingdom of heaven; but whoever does and teaches them, he shall be called great in the kingdom of heaven. For I say to you, that unless your righteousness exceeds the righteousness of the scribes and Pharisees, you will by no means enter the kingdom of heaven.”
2 Corinthians 6:14-18 NKJV “Do not be unequally yoked together with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness? And what communion has light with darkness? And what accord has Christ with Belial? Or what part has a believer with an unbeliever? And what agreement has the temple of God with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said: “I will dwell in them And walk among them. I will be their God, And they shall be My people.” Therefore “Come out from among them And be separate, says the Lord. Do not touch what is unclean, And I will receive you.” “I will be a Father to you, And you shall be My sons and daughters, Says the Lord Almighty.”
Ponder those portions of Scripture. Look up Scriptures on lawlessness. Jesus said many will say Lord, Lord, yet He will say depart from Me, you who practice lawlessness. These are people who call Him Lord but do not submit to Him as Lord, they still live in sin. The book of First John talks about this at length.
As Christians we should take our lifestyle seriously, we are called to holiness. Take inventory regularly.