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From Enemy to Disciple: The Testimony of a Sinner.

This is my three part Testimony, from the belief of a child to the bitter rebellion of a cynic and the struggle to define God, to the discovery and acceptance of the Reconciliation of Jesus. I have in the past alluded to parts of my strange and wondrous experiences but now because I have been asked to tell the complete story, I attempt to write it down for you.

From the very beginning, God had His plan for my life. Every event in my life was in his plan so that I would become the person I am today, every tragedy, every choice I would make, every pleasure, every sorrow, every person I would meet He knew and used to show me exactly how great He is. And from the beginning, God knew what choices I would make. When my mother discovered she was pregnant with her fifth child in the middle of WWII, she was shocked. My mother had converted to Roman Catholicism about four years earlier and my father had been a Catholic for just more than a year. They were both very intellectual and in their conversion had become very devote and committed to the Church with the exception of birth control. They had taken every step allowed to prevent pregnancy and yet, there I was, growing in the womb. My mother told God that since He had chosen to bring this life into the world, I would be His. When I was born and she held me for the first time, she lifted me up and said,”God, here is my son, he is all yours.”

I was the only child in my family to have a complete Catholic education, I went to a progressive Catholic Elementary School that taught science and math with the same vigour as Catechism I struggled through pout school because I had a learning disability and math, spelling and language were all but impossible for me. The plans that my mother had that I should become a priest soon were dashed to the ground. My father thought I was lazy and could not understand why I couldn’t learn. But there was one area that I did not have a problem with and that was reading and while I could not memorize very well,I could understand what I read. The one class I excelled in was the Catechism. When I chose to go to a Franciscan High School, I once again excelled in the Religion and History classes and in Literature. When I was in school, my mother decided to return to college and majored in ancient history and as a PhD candidate, Mesopotamian Histories. She also learned to read and/or speak the languages of the people; Ancient Greek, Hebrew Latin and Aramaic, and the modern languages of Greek, German and Middle English (Spencer and Donte’). When ever I had questions, she could show me the answer from original sources and translate them for me. As a child, my only desire was to be a living saint. I wanted to be the best christian I could possibly be.

But as I grew older and into my teens, I became jaded, cynical and depressed. I was victimized by my peers, bullied as a child by classmates. When I was just fourteen, a teacher molested me and a year later an person claiming to be a devote Baptist, drugged and raped me. I became a target for homosexual harassment, either by being solicited by perverts or being accused by others of being a homosexual and I suffer from depression, rejection from my parents (in my mind) and having very low self esteem. As I learned more and more of the history of the Christian world I became cynical about the validity of Jesus’ claim of God-ship with the Father. I saw that in the history of man that in every war, religion played a part or was the excuse. From the advancement of the Mohammedans to the Crusades, through the Thirty Years War, the inquisitions, the Persecutions of Cornwall, the persecution of the Jews through out the Middle Ages even up to Hitler’s Holocaust, the persecution of the Catholics and the Anglicans in Ireland to the flight of the many Protestant cults to America seeking freedom from other Christians to the slaughter of the native American in the “Manifest Destiny” of Western Expansion. Even the War in Vietnam was originally a conflict between the corrupt Rich French Catholics and the poor Buddhist peasants. I became very bitter and after I graduated from high school I began to believe that if Jesus came to bring Peace to the world, he had failed and if he failed then he could not be God! And if Jesus was not God then all I had been taught about God was a lie. In 1962, I went to my local church (in those days, all churches were open during the day for people to pray) I sat in a pew and cried out to God, show me who you are. Tell me the Truth of who we are and let me know the truth. I cried because I knew that I did not have Faith.

As the years progressed, I never forgot to search for the True meaning of God. I sought out the understandings of every religion and discovered that most were based on primitive superstitions and myths. Some were modern philosophies and imaginations and none were based on scientific or pure intellectual endeavor. I began an age of mockery and insult to these “fools” who believed in such nonsense. I openly called Christians liars and deceivers, I engaged in verbal battles with them and when I was told by Bible Thumpers that I was going to go to hell, I provoked them to anger an then laughed at them telling them that they demonstrated that I would meet them there. When I would meet a Christian who condemned the Jewish people or who spouted out bigotry and hate of minorities, I told them that their very words condemned them and they would be in hell long before me. I targeted the “Born Agains” with their ignorance, I knew the Bible better than them, I knew the history of Christian bigotry and used it against them. Time and time again they would leave in total confusion. All but one man who simply said that I should give God a chance, but that was much later in my search.

Because in all this time of em-battlement against mainly Evangelicals, I was searching for the True God and I approached it by reason. I searched for the most logical definition of Who and What was God. I never doubted that God was, just that man had been unable to define Him. That was my first Goal.
1. There is a God: Science, Natural Law and the simplicity and yet complexity of the Universe demands that there was a Creator. Life and existence could only be possible if it was created by design and with purpose. It could not be by accident or in Chaos but by a Logical and defined Order. God is and was the Ultimate Force of Creativity and Logic. Without a Logical and Creative God, there is no order in the Universe. therefore:
2. If there is Logic and creativity there must be intellect. And as man has limited intellect, a Creative and Logical God must have Pure Intellect. Every event has shown that man was the last creation to enter the world and he was created to be physically the weakest most defenseless creation on the planet. This Intellectual God gave man a taste of His intellect so as to not only survive but to dominate the Earth and all its creations. Therefore:
3. A Creative, Intelligence and Logical God would want to reveal Himself to his intelligent creation, man. He would design a way to communicate with him. A logical, communicative God would have to show that not only was He the most powerful thing in the Universe but also the most caring. He would show his power and reveal to man knowledge and understanding that man would be capable to grasp. The best way was to show man that He was a loving, caring and yet a Stearn God. He would present Himself as a father figure; one who demanded obedience yet showered his children with love, mercy and compassion. This God would raise man up to understand that mankind was to be not only the dominate of the world but also its caretaker ( a lesson we are still learning). And as man grew in his ability to comprehend God more of His Love would be revealed. Therefore:
4. God has a plan for mankind, God has the ability to foresee when and how man would be able to grasp the fullness of the potential of mankind. God has a dream! He can imagine great things for man. In order to do this, God would speak to certain men and use them to guide mankind to a path that would reveal His goodness.

And after more than ten years of study, thought and reasoning, I came to the conclusion that as imperfect as it was, the religion of the Jewish people was the only one that followed this understanding and most closely resembled the understanding I reached. I made a determined effort to understand all I could about the Jewish understandings and to see what they may have missed. I knew the Old Testament fairly well and started to studying the Torah from the Jewish understanding and notices that certain passages read different from what I was taught from the Catholic bible. I compared them with the King James bible and found the same differences. This bothered me so I researched the oldest Hebrew texts and the translations and discovered that many passages were not the same as the newer Jewish translations. Something was wrong here. The Greek, Aramaic, Ancient Jewish were in agreement but the modern Hebrew was not. Why were the Jews now teaching something different than the people knew before the birth of Jesus? This bothered me so much that I restudied the early history of the Christian churches and turned their beliefs into a philosophy. In the end I came to accept that Jesus was the fulfilment of the understanding God had for man. That as good as the Judean Beliefs were, they were incomplete without the understanding that Jesus provided. I began to call myself a Christian and joined my wife in attending a Presbyterian Church which also taught the Jewish traditional beliefs. I believed that Jesus was the Son of both God and man, He was God made in the flesh. But in all this, which took me from the time I was nineteen to the age of twenty-eight, I was still not really a believer. That was to come years later.

While all this was going on, from when I first recognized I had no Faith, throughout the process of formulating a belief, I had dreams and strange interventions that I could not explain. At the age of twenty, I was very depressed after being victimized by a girl who, I had planned to marry. My Catholic upbringing had a fear of Hell’s Damnation that was greater than my hate of life, but now, when I lost my beliefs, that fear of hell was gone. As I planned to kill myself, I got a phone call from an old girl friend who just wanted to talk. We had not seen or heard from each other for almost two years. She talked to me for hours on the phone and at the end, I had changed my mind about suicide. A few months later, I again was overwhelmed by the cruelty of life and was preparing to suicide once more when another young lady whom I knew knock on my apartment door and literally dragged me out to her car and took me to the beach with friends of hers. She and her friends spent the whole day making me laugh and play with them. I gave up trying to kill myself because it seem to be futile. And then the dreams! I dreamed I was jumping (not falling) off a cliff and then being lifted upon to a plain with a narrow road going straight down leading to a shimmering city. While in the Service, I had two vivid dreams. In the first I was standing beside a small child crouched in the ground as a crowd of people picked up jagged stones and large knives and raised them up to throw at the child on the ground. As the first stone and knives were thrown, I jumped in front of the child and all the objects fell to the earth as if they hit a wall. The child got up and the crowd disappeared as the child spoke to me saying, “You will always be for me as I will be always there for you.” In the second dream, I was standing on a hill between my sister who is a nun and a man dressed Ina black suit and a large silver cross about his neck (whom I took to be a Baptist Preacher). Below us was a man dressed in a dark grey robe who was shouting at the people that they were cursed, that he was the only path to righteousness, that all other faiths were doomed to damnation. My sister in her white robes took the crucifix in her hand and looked to me and said, “What are you going to do about this?” The man in the black suit looked at me and nodded in agreement and I raised my hands up and floated in to the air over the grey man and spoke in a voice that was not mine shouting, “Why are you scaring my people with your lies? You are nothing but the fool of Satan and your place is in the very Pits of Hell. Deceive them no more.” and I pointed to him and in a flash of fire and smoke, he vanished.

I had three other dreams during the years in which I placed my self in the way of danger to others, offering up my life instead. And each dream ended the same way with a voice saying, “Because you are willing to die for me, you shall live.” all these dreams happened while I still was fighting Christians. But even after I came to accept Jesus as the God of Gods, I still was full of myself and I fooled many people into believing that I wad redeemed. I worked in churches and we even elected to Elder in one church. When we moved however, I stopped attending churches for a while and when my son started to attend a Sunday School I went to investigate the church and was very concerned about it because of the way they approached the new Testament. I started to search for a more scriptural church and strangely when my friend who kept on asking me to give God a chance invited me to his United Methodist church, I went. There I found a strange mix of believers, some very spiritual, some very literal and some very liberal. The Charismatic group of the church which included the pastor invited us to be a part of them in studying the word of God closely. I learned many new things and I began to feel stronger about God.

It was during this period that I suffered abuse at work, neglect at home and became depressed all over again. I sought approval from the wrong places, I started to have fantasies, sinful desires and began to be very abusive to my family driving a wedge between my wife and my children. After a couple of years of this,my wife had enough and wanted a divorce. But at the same time, the charismatic group of the church was talking about the United Christian Ashram, an ecumenical group founded by E. Stanley Jones for the Christians of India. They did not know the problems in my house but simply said, we should go because “miracles sometimes happen there.” So we went but my wife told me that as soon as we got back from the week long family camp, she was filing for a divorce.

The Christian Ashram camps are divided into three “activities.”
1) Work…we leave the campsite better than it was when we came by working together on various projects.
2) Prayer… Each day is started with group prayer, each activity is began with prayer and the chapel is manned twenty-four hours with at least one person praying.
3) Study… there are three classes each day by spiritual leaders in Bible application and Spiritual growth.

Because I wanted desperately to save my marriage and family, I volunteered to take a two AM time chapel prayer slot. the only thing about my life I was sure of was that God wanted my wife and I to stay together. I know from the very moment I walked down the aisle with her, this was God’s choice, even though I still did not know who God was. So when it came to my time to be in the chapel I got on my knees and I prayed over again and again for God to show me how to save my marriage, I said that I would do any and every thing to preserve what He gave me. and while taking a small breather in my prayer I opened my NIV bible randomly to Romans and the words seem to blur before me and when they came into focus I read this: “You see, Paul Shiras, at the right time, when you are powerless, I died for you, the ungodly. Very rarely will anyone die for a righteous man, though for a good man someone might possibly Dre to die. but you are not righteous, Paul, are you? But My Father demonstrates love for you Paul Shiras, in this: While you are still a sinner, I did die for YOU!” And as I finished reading these exact words, I saw the book blur again and return to the written words of . In Shock, I dropped the bible and staggered to the alter and crashed to the floor weeping in great sorrow and guilt for my ways. And as I cried I saw every offence against God flash before me. Then I felt a light above me and as I raised my head, I saw the front wall of the chapel fade away and although it was still deep into the night,it was as day with a light centered in the sky. And from that light came a large bird. As it grew closer I saw that it was an golden eagle with wings the show like jeweled prisms casting out shards of rainbows in every direction. This Eagle landed in front of me and stood as a man and as His eyes gazed sadly into my very soul I heard the same Voice I had heard in the dreams say to me, “Paul, I died for you and if it were possible I would do it again. But I don’t have to because one death is for all and One Life is given that you, dear Paul, might have life!” And then the eagle spread His wings about me and embraced me. The embrace totally enveloped me in a pure peace, its warmth drove out all fear, doubt and trembling. and in that moment, I saw every dream again, I remembered all the times that God had sent someone into my life to intervene on His behalf. and every scripture I knew had new meaning, a clear understanding. And the Voice said to me, “These are the Truths you must believe. You now have ears to hear and eyes to see, now you shall understand what was hidden. You are My disciple and I called you to be mine, even before you were known in the world, I called you.”

Then He released me and lifted Himself into the air, flying back into the sky. when He was no more to be seen, the light faded away and the chapel wall was restored. Once more I fell to the floor and wept,but this time it was tears for joy. I came to save my marriage and I was reconciled to the Father, Loved by Jesus and Empowered by the Holy Spirit. The person who was to relieve me at Three AM failed to come so I spent another hour reading scripture verse after verse. Each one had new meaning, a new understanding and in every verse I read I could only see the love of God for man. At four AM, a dear saint among us came in and saw me still weeping for joy. I told her what had happened and she joined me in tears and in praise. All this happened in the summer of 1981, nineteen years after I cried in the church pew about my lack of Faith. You see, while Love is the greatest Gift of the Holy Spirit, without Faith, there can be no pure Love that God wants for us. and at the same time, without God’s Pure Love for us, we cannot find Faith. Hope comes with Faith and brings Love with it.

I went back to my cabin an as my wife woke up I told her of what had happened but she was still very distrustful and it took several months for her to see that I had really changed. But she stayed by my side and soon became my spiritual guidepost. When my son grew up, he also left the instructions of his father but much more quickly returned to Christ’s side and with great vigour. My daughter worked in the mission field for six years after finishing high school and is my proof reader (I still have spelling problems that even spell check doesn’t catch). A few years ago, my son told me to start up this blog and share what the Lord has given me with the world. I thank God that He never gave up on me and that I never gave up on my family. I also thank God that my father while he lived, supported the change in me and even though I never went back to the church of my childhood, he stood by my understandings and even was slightly envious of the gift I was given. One of the things he told me after I came to Christ was that the reason he became a Christian was because one Sunday morning at Mass, while he read the words “Go in Peace, the Lord is with you,” he suddenly knew that God was with him and from that day one lived every moment of the day for God.

Since that day, I have worked with and for many churhces, I left the United Methodist Church and was a part of ministry that tried to bring reconciliation of the churches through common goals but that also failed. After many years of struggle to bring the message of Wholeness of Purpose, I gave up on being a “member” of any church but a “freind’ to all churches.

I leave you with this:
Do I believe in visions? Yes because I have had visions.
Do I believe in the empowerment of the Holy Spirit? Yes, because I have been empowered to do mighty things in the Name of Jesus.
Do I know of the reconcilliation of the Father, though the Blood of Jesus on the Cross? Yes because I felt the unity with the Father in that moment in the chapel.
Can you also kinow this? I don’t know of any reson you should not. If I, a great sinner can know these things you should also know them. Maybe not as dramatic as I but maybe as simply as my father. Know that you know that Jesus, the Holy spirit and the Father want you to know Him the One True God.

Be in His Peace, Amen

A post script to this testimony: Since I wrote this I have returned to the church of my childhood with new eyes and a greater Faith. But the story is not ended, I have a much longer journey to travel in my Faith Walk and I am still excited about the pathways opened for me by Christ. Since the beginning of 2014, I have renewed MY COMMITMENT with the Catholic Church and have been in regular attendance. There has been a joy that I had not experienced before, but this does not end my support of all who walk with Christ, regardless of the church of their choosing. God Bless you all.


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For while we were still weak, at the right time Christ died for the ungodly. For one will scarcely die for a righteous person—though perhaps for a good person one would dare even to die— but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us. (ESV)

On the Net for Christ

It has been two years now that Wholy4Christ has been on the Net and I must state that because of the zeal I have for Christ, it has been a blessing for me to be able to articulate the understanding I have for Christ’s Word. I know that what I have come to believe, and by which I live, has been a burden in my fellowship with some others who walk in Faith. I know that even my own son disagrees with much of what I write about.

The Wholeness of Christ is the basis of my understanding and while you and I may not seem to be in one accord, the truth of the matter is that whenever two or three can gather in Christ, we can work together for God. I have been accused of being a Calvinist, a Wesleyan-Arminius and a Catholic. To these accusations I can say that in some respects I am all three, plus others as well. If my writing seems to stray toward works it is because I respond to Christ’s teaching that works are a part of being a disciple. If I spend a long time writing about persecutions it is because we live in an age of persecutions that are greater than any other time in the history of the Faith. And if I seem to complain that we ignore the teachings of the Old Testament and the Commandment of God to His people, it is because we are spoiled and pampered into believing that we have no responsibility to Love God wholly.

Because of my desire to live wholly, Faithful to the Whole Word of God, I have been challenged to live with love of the law of God and to live with love for all mankind. I am challenged to work for the fulfillment of Christ’s Law to obey the Second Great Commandment equally as I obey the First Great Commandment because if I fail to do both, I fail God. But the greatest joy in what I believe is that even if you don’t agree with me, my walk with God is strong, unwavering and founded in Scripture. The weaknesses of man and the folly of believing in watered-down theologies do not concern me; they live by their choices. If I can help even one other struggling Christian grow in Faith, I have served God well.

And in my struggle to walk in Christ, it is not a burden but a joy. Even though I find conflict with denominational teachings, I am comfortable worshiping with them and hearing what they have to offer. I fellowship with a home group and with a denomination because wherever the Word is taught, I learn. God revealed to me just the other day that as Jesus said the Son of Man has no place to lay His head, I will never be able to “join” membership in another church. I will fellowship, tithe and break bread with many walks and celebrate the union of Believers wherever I am. I will never be asked to speak in someone’s church nor will I be able to participate in activities as a leader of a church. This is my mission, to spread the teaching of the Wholeness of the Word of God to His people and to invite the world to share in the fellowship of each other for His Sake and not for the confines of man’s thinking.

So as I continue with my studies, and as God reveals more and more to me on how I should walk with Him, I will continue to write and to share with the world. All I ask of you is to continue to pray so that we can grow together for His Greater Glory and may our lives be a praise offering to The God Most High; Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

With this I end with one of my favorite verses: “Blessed is everyone who fears the LORD, who walks in His Ways! You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands; you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you.”


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128:1 Blessed is everyone who fears the Lord,
who walks in his ways!
You shall eat the fruit of the labor of your hands;
you shall be blessed, and it shall be well with you. (ESV)

R.E.S.T. in the Lord Revisited

I wrote that the R.E.S.T. in the Lord meant Reason, Experience, Scripture and Tradition.  These are the ways we know God.  But I thought that perhaps it might also be fitting to add another way that the word REST could be applied to the knowledge of God.

In the acceptance of Christ in our lives we are assured that we have a new type of REST.  We are Reconciled by the blood of Christ, Redeemed and Reclaimed.  We have been Empowered by the Holy Spirit to Evangelize, Embrace and Encourage others in His Name.  We are Sanctified and Saved by the Sacrifice of Jesus to Serve God and Man for His Glory and Honor.  And we have Trust  in the  Old and New Testaments  and the Testimonies of the faithful.

I would like to add a favorite word that my eye doctor gave me; F.R.O.G.,  Forever Relying On God.  And I hope you are doing that as much as I am.

A Year on the Blog

October 17. 2007 I posted my first blog. It is hard to beleive that I have been writing for a year now. Over the last year I have posted a lot more than I thought I would and at the same time,I want to post so much more.

Of all the postings the single greatest hit was “Why The Great Commission”. The most visited article after that was “Lazarus, The Rich Man and the Bosom of Abraham (Part Two)” I still haven’t figured out why part one was seldom read.

I got an “Award” from Archshrk for getting kicked out of my church for creating the Web Site.

I’ve been visited by every continent except Antarctica. I’ve had readers from Iraq, Iran, Zambia, Kiev, Israel, China, and twenty other countries not including the good old US of A, Canada and my favorite, Australia. I even got a hit from the South Atlantic (from a ship, I think). There where several hits from the Indian Ocean countries as well.

It has been a lot of fun, hard work and a very large quantity of prayerful study. My charming and very stubborn wife Colleen has “proofed” most of my rantings, ah, writings, and has let very few mistakes get through. Colleen has been my Spiritual Watchdog, if you can pardon the expression, (I’m not letting her read this though). She has had to put up with a lot of grieve because of me and I want to thank her from the bottom of my heart for all she has done. I also want to thank my son Luke for staring up the web page in an answer to my prayer of how to get the message of the Wholeness of Christ out.

Sometimes I feel like I am a small voice crying out in the wilderness and other times I just think I mouthing off. But because I get about ten hits a day, I think I must be doing something right. When the Pastor of the church that asked me to quit told me that I was wrong in doing what I am doing, I realized that through the Web, I reached more people than were in his little church and would most likely reach more people in my life time than he would. That put a burden on me to check the source of my writing and to go to the Lord in prayer befor posting anything, I hope that I still am doing his will as I write.

I also realize that I am already “old” (65) and won’t be able to keep this up for to many years to come. I would hope that someday I can turn the site over to someone else to continue the work, someone who understands the Unity of Spirit that Christ has for each of us. The Spirit to work with and not against each other.

This is a great day, thank you for reading and I pray for the unity of God in all of us.

Paul Shiras, in the desert.

Holy, Wholly, wHOLY and what 4?

(This is not a new POST but I thought I’d bring it up again for the new readers)

The name of my site, Wholy 4 Christ is a combination of a play on words and the fact that I can’t spell. It is as simple as that. What I sort of want to convey is that: To be holy in Christ, you first must be wholly for Christ.

The four ways I know God are the ways I have striven to become holy and Wholly for Christ.

1. RESPOND WITH REASON AND TO THE REASON OF GOD. I first know God because of the reasoning power he endowed me with. God created us to reason and through that reason we can know of God.

2. ENDEAVOR TO EXPERIENCE GOD. My journey to know God was completed when I finally experienced God’s Love and His Mercy. God wants us to experience Him first hand.

3. SEARCH FOR UNDERSTANDING THROUGH SCRIPTURES. All mankind seeks God, but it is through scriptures that we learn of Him and of His plan for us. It is through scriptures that we know of God’s purpose for man. And….

4. TREAD IN THE TRADITIONS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING. We learn from the way others before us have lived, loved and served the very God we seek. Each generation adds their Godly experience, love and service to our understanding and growth, so cherish them.

So there you have it. that is why the web site is called Wholy4Christ. Bless you all and R.E.S.T. in His Name.

Why I write, who I am.

(This isn’t a new POST but I thought I’ld bring it up for the new readers to the site.)

I wasn’t going to do a bio. because I didn’t want to appear to be boasting. But the more I thought about it, the more I was convicted that unless you know the source, you would be wary to read what I had to write.

My name is Paul R. Shiras. I have a limited education having never completed even one year of College. I was raised in a devout Roman Catholic family but left ALL Christian thought at the age of nineteen in 1963. I cried when I left because I wanted to believe in a True God but because of the many wars, persecutions by Christians and the sense of failure of Jesus in changing the hearts of man, I was left with nothing.

I went searching and searching until I came to the logical conclusion that God’s wisdom prevails while man is the one who fails. So it is no wonder that since, I came to Christ that I fight to preserve the message of unity of Christ and argue against the squabbles of the churches. I became a member of a non-catholic church but for several years had no real relationship with Jesus.


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22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control; against such things there is no law. 24 And those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the flesh with its passions and desires.

25 If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit. 26 Let us not become conceited, provoking one another, envying one another. (ESV)


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His divine power has granted to us all things that pertain to life and godliness, through the knowledge of him who called us to [1] his own glory and excellence, [2] by which he has granted to us his precious and very great promises, so that through them you may become partakers of the divine nature, having escaped from the corruption that is in the world because of sinful desire. For this very reason, make every effort to supplement your faith with virtue, [3] and virtue with knowledge, and knowledge with self-control, and self-control with steadfastness, and steadfastness with godliness, and godliness with brotherly affection, and brotherly affection with love. For if these qualities [4] are yours and are increasing, they keep you from being ineffective or unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. For whoever lacks these qualities is so nearsighted that he is blind, having forgotten that he was cleansed from his former sins. (ESV)

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[1] 1:3 Or by
[2] 1:3 Or virtue
[3] 1:5 Or excellence; twice in this verse
[4] 1:8 Greek these things; also verses 9, 10, 12


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15 for you will be a witness for him to everyone of what you have seen and heard. (ESV)


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15 And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (ESV)


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12:1 I appeal to you therefore, brothers, [1] by the mercies of God, to present your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and acceptable to God, which is your spiritual worship. [2] (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 12:1 Or brothers and sisters
[2] 12:1 Or your rational service


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12 Brothers, [1] I entreat you, become as I am, for I also have become as you are. You did me no wrong. (ESV)

Footnotes

[1] 4:12 Or Brothers and sisters; also verses 28, 31


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16 Keep a close watch on yourself and on the teaching. Persist in this, for by so doing you will save both yourself and your hearers. (ESV)

The Sanctification Train

Sanctification is like train: God the Father is the station master, he has our ticket to Salvation ready for us. Jesus purchased the tickets by His blood. But to get on the salvation train, we have to accept the ticket. It does us no good to say Jesus has my ticket to heaven and then not to receive it from Him. After we take the ticket of Salvation, we have to GET ON THE TRAIN! The Holy Spirit is the conductor of the train and He will take us where we need to go so that we can do what God wants us to do on earth.

If you want to go to heaven, take the ticket from Jesus and get on the train to Sanctification! Ride the Salvation Train to Glory. Jesus has paid your way with His Blood! God has offered you His best seats but you must agree to accept the ride.

This is where I differ from both the Calvinists and the Wesleyans. I want to ride the train, I accept the challenge from Jesus and will go where the Spirit Of God calls me. And may the ride be a long and wondrous trip!

Holy, Wholly, wHOLY and what 4?

The name of my site, Wholy 4 Christ is a combination of a play on words and the fact that I can’t spell. It is as simple as that. What I sort of want to convey is that: To be holy in Christ, you first must be wholly for Christ.

The four ways I know God are the ways I have striven to become holy and Wholly for Christ.

1. RESPOND WITH REASON AND TO THE REASON OF GOD. I first know God because of the reasoning power he endowed me with. God created us to reason and through that reason we can know of God.

2. ENDEAVOR TO EXPERIENCE GOD. My journey to know God was completed when I finally experienced God’s Love and His Mercy. God wants us to experience Him first hand.

3. SEEK HIS SALVATION THROUGH SCRIPTURES. All mankind seeks God, but it is through scriptures that we learn of Him and of His plan for us. It is through scriptures that we know of God’s purpose for man. And….

4. TREAD IN THE TRADITIONS OF CHRISTIAN LIVING. We learn from the way others before us have lived, loved and served the very God we seek. Each generation adds their Godly experience, love and service to our understanding and growth, so cherish them.

So there you have it. that is why the web site is called Wholy4Christ. Bless you all and R.E.S.T. in His Name.