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“Cleanliness is next to Godliness”

ThingsWeSawThe origin of this phrase is actually attributed to Francis Bacon, and John Wesley. There is no Bible verse similar to this phrase, at all.

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.

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