Before anything else, I say, Aim for Perfection, NOW!
I have heard countless "ordained" ministers and other church workers who belong to "holiness" churches declare with confidence, pride, and finality that aiming for perfection "is useless." They add that "it is impossible to be perfect in this world and life." And by this they mean living a perfect holy life in God. They say that as long as we're humans we will sin. Then, they talk about how grace makes us go to heaven even while we sin here.
Well, if you think like the above, you'll lose the present Move of God. You're always deceived by the enemy. Imagine how many churches think like that--that perfection is useless and unrealistic; that's the same number of churches that are actually synagogues of Satan. For one, grace is not a license to sin. Grace frees us (not excuses us) from sin (Rom.6.14).
We cannot be perfect in the eyes of this world. We cannot be perfect to people. And that's not what I'm talking about. We must be perfect in God's eyes. If you claim to believe Jesus but you say perfection is impossible and useless then there's something wrong with you.
If perfection now is useless and unrealistic, then they're saying my Jesus was a big liar. He is the author of perfection; he declared: "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect." The term, "be perfect," means "be now perfect!" And in the context, he was referring to perfection in living out the beatitudes. Spiritual perfection. If you're perfect spiritually, your mind and soul follow suit. Later, on a higher level, even your body and surroundings follow. Imagine if the whole church were perfect now like this! In the last days, God will set this in motion on those who truly believe.
Among reasons why the church is powerless is because they do not believe in perfection. They believe in excuses for sinning.
Look at what Paul said: "Aim for perfection" (2Cor.13.11). He also said (I believe he would also say this of denominations if he were alive today in the flesh), "Watch out for those who divide the church and put obstacles in your way, teaching ways that are contrary from those you learned from us. Get away from them. Those people are not serving Jesus Christ but their own appetites. By smooth talk and deception they fool naive people," (Rom.16).
Aim for perfection. Jesus, through the awesome power of the Holy Spirit, being fully and 100 percent living in you, makes you perfect, if you only believe.