“What God has cleansed you must not call common.” Acts 10:15
Only God can declare a person clean.
No one can pronounce someone or something clean that God has called dirty.
When I arrived in the largest African city for the first time, I was taken to the mission guesthouse. The hostess invited me to eat with her and her husband in their home because there were no other guests.
While using their bathroom, I was shocked to find lengths of dental floss hanging from a clothesline.
In the kitchen, I was surprised she had washed every sandwich and quart-sized plastic bag, piece of aluminum foil, and plastic wrap, which she hung by clothespins from a line.
Then the water went off. The hostess put a sign in the bathroom that said, “Do not flush after use.” She filled the bathroom sink with water from a bucket and hung another sign. “After using the toilet, wash your hands in this water. Do not pull the plug after washing so others can use the same water to wash their hands.”
It was the most horrifying instruction of all. I couldn’t imagine how washing my hands in dirty water used by others made them clean, but the hostess said it was so. We can declare anything we want to be clean and right in our eyes.
But only God can pronounce someone truly clean after he repents, believes on Christ and asked His forgiveness.