When one believes on Christ for the pardon of all of his/her sins, THEN one is indwelt with the Holy Spirit. Not before. Else there is no need for Christ’s sacrifice if we are already “holy”. I do not deny Christ’s holiness, but yes, absolutely I do refute the unBiblical stance that mankind is holy apart from Christ. Scripture does not teach that.
Did I ever say anyone who lives in Scriptural darkness is Holy. If I did, then I apologize, it was not my intent. This does not change that light of truth was not present. It just was not understood and shone in darkness.