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Be Ye Holy...

Season 4
Be Ye Holy...

In Ephesians 5:3-5, Paul illustrates, in very stark terms, the opposite of a godly life. He speaks of fornication, uncleanness and idolatry, and covetousness, all of which were typical of the pagan lifestyle of his day. But Christians are described here as SAINTS. Why would a 'saint' need to be warned against sin? That begs the question, "What exactly is a saint?"

This sermon was preached at Ballymacashon and at Templepatrick Reformed Church. It was recorded at TRC and is reproduced here with their kind permission.


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