A Taste of The Highway of Holiness Conference



This video will give you a sense of not only the messages that God inspired on the topic of holiness over the last several days, but also how He used them to impact the lives of some attendees.

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The Church Need to Preach on Fear of God

Is Your Jesus Configured from Movies & Velvet Paintings?

“Do you have a Jesus put together from a few Jesus movies and velvet paintings?” asked Jeff Pollard.

“He purposed before the foundation of the world to save us by His holy Son.  The Father created all things through His beloved Son for sinners. The Father’s will is for His Son to save every single one that He gave in eternity.

“This God of light poured out all of His anger, His wrath upon His Son on the cross of Calvary.  He did this so that all who believe would have all of their s washed away, removed as far as the East is from the West.

“Dying on Calvary, rising again on the third day, Christ has done everything for our justification, our sanctification, and our glorification if we would believe on the God-man, the risen Son of glory.  The Father did all this so that we may walk in the light.

“Will you love this dazzling, life-transforming God of resplendent glory or this Satanic, God-hating system of the world?” asked Pollard.

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PX3yP0; They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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People Without Christ Are Zombies!



“Adam’s sinful children can only find life by satisfying their sinful desires,” declared Jeff Pollard.  “According to the Scriptures, it is nothing but a death-stop. 

“People without Christ are zombies, dead in their trespasses.  The wages of sin is death in every generation. 

“The pleasures of the world are momentary, leaving us with a desire for more.  What the world finds valuable and desirable evaporates like dreams from the shadows.  Possessions go, beauty goes, health goes. 

“Nothing in this world lasts but the soul.  It will forever be in the glorious holy presence of God, the light.  Or our soul will one day be forever in hell. We are one day closer to that moment,” said Pollard.

If the Lord has revealed something fresh to you through this Highway of holiness confernce, whether you are attending inperson, streaming some of the talks or reading the NCFIC blog, send me an email of 2-3 sentences in length along with your first name, city and state so that we can post your feedback: [email protected]

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The Pride of Life



One of the seductions that is irresistible to the depraved mind and a temptation to the Christian mind is to constantly brag about oneself — the pride of life.

“In the spiritual realm, it is about someone who exults in himself,” explained Jeff Pollard.  “The pride of life is the religion of self-glorification.  This is sinful dependence upon self, instead of a believing dependence on God. 

“Professing Christians can do this.  The pride of life hungers for the praise of men.  The human heart loves flattery, admiration, and self-display.

“I was in the music business,” part of a rock ‘n roll band called LeRoux that was founded in 1978.  Thousands of people were applauding, yelling with such thunderous acclaim that Pollard couldn’t even hear himself sing.

“The pride of life is the heart puffed up, a big blowfish, disfigured

“The God of Light calls His people into fellowship with Him. The lust of the eyes, the lust of flesh, and the pride of life squeeze that out.

“The fountain of the world is the Christless heart.  From within the souls of men proceed evil thoughts, murders, theft, wickedness, blasphemy, pride, foolishness. The culture is the expression of the human heart.

“The heart is either alive in Christ or it is rotting in the grave of lust,” concluded Pollard.

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The Lust of the Eyes



The lust of the eyes.

“Our eyes can be the source of delightful experiences” like the enjoyment of a sunset or colorful fall foliage.

“No other avenue has such an immediate avenue to your soul,” explained Jeff Pollard.  “The world can easily and quickly gain entrance into our soul through the eyes.

*  “Eve saw the tree of the knowledge of good and evil was good for food, pleasant to the eyes. She was drawn by her eyes. 

*  “David saw Bathsheba washing herself atop in plain view from his palace.  He followed his eyes into the wicked desires of adultery.”

*  Today, men are inundated with provocative images on TV, at the movies and on-line. 

“Stirred up by the lust of the eyes, we permit images that lead to whoredom, greed, licentiousness, all manner of darkness.

“If you indulge the lust of the eyes, then you love the world,” said Pollard.

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The Lust of the Flesh



The lust of the flesh.  

“The Greek word for lust means the craving, the longings that are driven by our sinful nature,” said Jeff Pollard.

“God created our bodily appetites. When the God of light is absent from our hearts, the natural appetites become the lust of the flesh.  For example, it’s a good thing to eat, but when it’s hijacked by gluttony, it’s a sin.

“The catalogue of selfish human desires that spring up in man’s dark heart includes drunkenness, homosexuality, lying, adultery, and fornication.  They arise from the empty, grasping hearts of lost men. It is what gives their lives meaning,” said Pollard.

Horace Bushnell (1802-1876), an American Congregational theologian, wrote that the problem is the “hunger of the God-like soul deprived of God’s nutrition.  If God does not satisfy your soul, the only option is your own senses.”

Pollard was blunt, asking the audience, “Do you indulge the lust of the flesh?”

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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If You Love the World, Repent!

Jeff Pollard warned us to “weigh carefully John’s conclusion:  ‘If you love the world, you do not love the Father.’

“All of us are tempted in this.  All of us!  Repent of it, mortify it.

“Love for the world and love for the Father cannot exist in the same person.  The struggle is in every Christian. But there is an answer in Christ.

Thankfully, we have an advocate, Jesus Christ, our righteousness,” concluded Pollard.

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What 1 John 2 Is Not Prohibiting

Jeff Pollard clarified what 1 John 2:15-17 is not saying:

*  “John is not forbidding us from loving God’s creation.  He made it and it is good.

*  “John is not forbidding us from loving the souls of lost people. There is no contradiction between the message of John 3:16 and the message of First John.  God loved men and women, Gentiles and Jews, rich and poor, and every tongue and nation in order to save them through the crucifixion and resurrection of Jesus Christ,” said Pollard.

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Do Not Love the World

The apostle doesn’t pull any punches in 1 John 2:15-17.

“Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in them.  For everything in the world—the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life—comes not from the Father, but from the world.  The world and its desires pass away, but whoever does the will of God lives forever.”

Jeff Pollard cited a compelling definition of the world from Dr. Robert Laws (1851-1934), a Scottish missionary who ministered in what is now Malawi, Africa for 50 years. 

“The world is the mass of unbelieving, unspiritual men, the social organism of evil,” wrote Laws.  “The wicked system is the domain of Satan and its religions, philosophies, goals, desires, fashions, and pleasures which originate from radically depraved hearts and by its nature is utterly hostile to the Lordship of Christ, His will and His people.”

Pollard, an elder of Mt. Zion Bible Church in Pensacola, Florida, said, “This is a life dominated by our senses, our desires. This is simply the everyday life lived by average people who do not know Christ.

“John is prohibiting Christians from loving the satanic system of personal delights and sensual pleasures.  He is prohibiting the adopting of its ideas and seeking the approval of the unchristian world around you. 

By contrast, “if you are faithful to the Lord, the world will hate you.” 

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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Young Folks: I Know You Stick Out Like Sore Thumbs

“To the younger folks, I want to say something,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod.

“I know you stick out like sore thumbs.  Here comes Faith, Hope and Love.  You stick out like sore thumbs. You don’t have to say it.

“Be encouraged!  What is going on in your lives is so pure.  Someone is teaching you that out of the overflow of what Christ did on the cross, you present yourself thusly. The elders and your parents are taking the time to say, ‘Be holy, even as God is holy.’

“And when you’re laughed at, when your faith is mocked, love your enemies. Look for opportunities to share the Gospel. Don’t say, ‘I’m glad I’m not like them.’

“God is doing a marvelous thing in your family.  Love and honor your father and mother and what they are doing in your family.

Whatever you do, do not be ashamed of the Gospel that is coming out of you in every direction,” concluded McLeod.

What has the Lord been doing in your heart through these talks?  Email me, Adam McManus, a 2-3 sentence email including your full name, city and state for posting with other feedback here on the NCFIC blog. Send it to: [email protected]

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‘Who Does a Conference on Holiness?’ pastors asked

“I told a few pastor friends that I was going out to this conference,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod.

“What’s the theme?” they asked.

“Holiness,” I said.

“Who does a conference on holiness?” they asked quizzically

“It will be fun,” I countered.

Fun?” they inquired with bewilderment.

“Holiness is a scary word in today’s modern times.  It might conjure up images of frumpy looks, mean men with beards, horse-drawn buggies and basically boring lives.

“God is holy and He wants us to live holy lives.  Holiness is not legalism. Striving to obey God is an honor and a privilege!

“I have daughters. I have discussions about the same things in my house like you do at your house.  I have an 11-year-old daughter and I’m teaching her about modest dress. 

“She comes downstairs and I do the ‘Daddy check.’   I find myself having to explain. It’s not that Daddy is pulling out a ruler.  It’s not that Daddy is playing star trooper music as she comes down the steps.

As Christians, “we want to know, ‘What honors God?’ ‘What would put a smile on His face?’ ‘Do you want to burn the edge?’  ‘Or do you want to be a daughter of Zion who pleases the Lord?’  How you present yourself is how the Gospel has worked in your heart.”

Theologian Matthew Henry writes, “You have a journey, a race to run.  Gird up your loins, gather them, let them not hang loose.  Restrain your extravagances. Disengage yourselves from all that would hinder you.”

“Why?  Because of what Christ has done!” declared McLeod.

“The believer must set his hope in Jesus. Do it with no hint or stain of legalism – [adding to God’s Word] or antinomianism – [taking away from God’s Word].

“It’s based in an intense and overwhelming love for Christ.  Beyond the world’s misunderstanding our motives, lies a heart for purity, propriety, for holiness, based in Christ Jesus.”

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

What has the Lord been doing in your heart through these talks?  Email me, Adam McManus, a 2-3 sentence email including your full name, city and state for posting with other feedback here on the NCFIC blog. Send it to: [email protected]

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Our Desire to Live Holy Lives Found In God’s Mercy

Dr. Carlton McLeod cited I Peter 1:3 which says, “Blessed be the God the Father according to His great mercy He has caused us to be born again to a living hope, to an inheritance that is imperishable.”

“We who desire to be holy believers must understand that it doesn’t come from us, it comes from Him,” explained McLeod.  “That’s what our attitude should be.  

“It’s because of Christ – the One who kept the law perfectly, was crucified, died and buried, and rose again — that we have a desire to please the One who has enlisted us in the army. 

“It’s because of that One that we fight a daily battle of death against our pride.  Indeed, there is no room for pride at the foot of the cross.

“It’s because of the blood that was shed on our behalf.  It was because of the thorns, the lashes, the humiliation, the nails. If we get that, we will be quick to repent when we blow it. 

“Our desire to live holy lives is found in God’s great mercy. Far from being mean-spirited, judgmental or legalistic, it is the lifestyle of the Kingdom of God. It is what we are supposed to do.  It’s a mindset.

“We are sinners, saved by God’s marvelous grace, prompting us to attempt to please Him — not because my effort saves me, but because of what God has done for me and my family.   An inheritance that is imperishable and doesn’t fade. It doesn’t matter what the stock market does or who is president,” said McLeod.

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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Gird Up the Loins of Your Mind, Ready for Battle

“1 Peter was written to encourage suffering Christians in the land that is today known as modern Turkey,” explained Carlton McLeod.

“Be sober minded. Be watchful. Your adversary, the devil, prowls around like a roaring lion.” (1 Peter 5:8)

“We’ve been exhorted that we are born for this.  We follow a Person, not a system,” said McLeod.

“When your personal pursuit of holiness is not about impressing anyone, but because you’re so in love with Jesus, what will you do when that heart brings you in conflict with the world, the flesh and the devil?

“What is happening here is so wonderful, so precious.

“As an outsider, I saw [at NCFIC events] the fathers and mothers and all of these babies.  Don’t back off on raising your children to know the Lord.   Don’t you back off on biblical manhood or biblical womanhood.  Be strong and courageous.  Be strong in the Lord.  Do what you are called to do.

1 Peter 1:13  says, “Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober, and hope to the end for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus Christ.”

“Gird up your loins. I love the King James Version here.

The tunic worn by men in Bible times was long, like a robe, making it impossible to either fight in battle or do heavy labor.  It would require that a man gird up his loins.  He would hoist the tunic up so that all the fabric was above his knees, allowing for mobility.  Then, he would gather the extra material so that it was snug against his backside. 

Once the excess fabric was gathered in the front, he would pull it underneath, through his legs to the rear which would feel like a diaper.  Then, he would gather half of the material in each hand, bringing it back around front, tying the two handfuls of material together.  In effect, he created a pair of shorts that allowed greater freedom of movement.

McLeod urged the attendees to “Gird up the loins of your mind.”  Just like the men of Bible times had to adjust their clothing to get ready for battle, we need to think strategically, and get ready for the battle in the culture.

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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If You’re Insulted Because of Christ, You’re Blessed!

“I have been a part of the National Center for Family-Integrated Churches for a few years,” said Dr. Carlton McLeod, the pastor at Calvary Revival Church Chesapeake.  “The NCFIC has taken a lot of hits. If there was ever a movement that would incite hell against it, wouldn’t it be something like this? 

“By my point of view, whether it’s a focus on the sufficiency of the Word of the Lord or the lifting up of biblical manhood and biblical womanhood, whether it’s a commitment to biblical education of your children or to teaching the need to dress modestly, it would seem that a people such as yourselves are set up from the beginning to do battle with the forces of wickedness.

“Biblical holiness flows out of a heart that is been transformed by the Gospel of Jesus. We see our walk with Him not as drudgery, not as simple rules to keep, but as an honor to love God.

“But like Peter, whose heart was focused on pleasing Christ rather than self, we need to be prepared to suffer.  Folks, if you are insulted for the name of Christ, you are blessed,” said McLeod.

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness conference live in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo;  They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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