“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”
When do we hear this used? When there’s a physical mess of dirt, grime, or debris. That’s pretty much what it means: It’s good to be a clean person and have a clean house. I’m all for having a clean house and I do shower. I’m pretty sure my relationship with God isn’t affected by how grimy I get, or if the house needs dusting. There’s nothing in the Scripture showing a connection with being clean and Godliness. Especially when you consider God as Jesus probably wasn’t very clean when in the wilderness for 40 days.
If anything, I think keeping things clean, uncluttered, and well-organized shows good stewardship for the house and possessions God gave us. Keeping ourselves clean is simply having good health and hygeine practices – and to keep from smelling offensive.
Truth takeaway: This statement is borderline heresy. Godliness cannot be achieved or approached by being clean.