Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord: (Hebrews 12:14 NKJV)
The message of holiness has left the pulpit and prosperity teaching has taken over our pulpits.
Sometimes we confuse Righteousness with Holiness,let me give a simple definition,to help your understanding.
Righteousness is having a right standing with God and scriptures helps us to understand our place through the blood of Jesus,that we have been justified by faith and made the righteousness of God through Christ Jesus.
So Righteousness is received by faith,we don’t work to attain righteousness,we receive righteousness by faith in Christ Jesus.
But Holiness is a way of life,living the life and character of God in this world.
Righteousness sets the stage for us to live holy.
“Without Holiness no man shall see Go”
When you walk in Holiness you set yourself in a level of consecration that permits certain encounters the ordinary Christian would not experience.
The Bible speaks of Enoch that he walked with God and he was raptured,because he walked with God,he lived a life that was pleasing to God,so Holiness brings you to the extraordinary.
God cannot stand sin,though he loves the sinner,he demands a life of holiness,a life that is conscious of the presence of God.
Further reading : Genesis 5:24