[The following is a letter I wrote to a friend, with a few edits for privacy]
Let me say this: I appreciate your position, and I am not particularly in most of the camps that you might expect.
Summing it up, I hear about four main statements in your email.
First, there have been many different positions and view regarding holiness.. Which you cataloged quite well.
Second, you really don’t care which one is most doctrinally correct, but are sick of the compromise in your own heart and unless it can help with that, you’re not satisfied. You said, “All I know right now is that I’m bound to sin and I don’t know how to get out”.
Third, You’re sick of the crap (scripturally, “dung”). You want to know the experiential love, experiential forgiveness, and experiential cleanness of heart. No more hypocrisy from yourself or others. You want the real deal.
And, finally, the question of how to know anything arises. ”The only way I will know or anyone on this earth will know is if God shows us personally.”
I think some of these questions are proper place of a heart for your condition. Let me remind you, however, truth is a person.
Let me present my Gospel, if you will…