Holiness

Holiness describes the complete otherness of God’s nature which elicits both fear and attraction from humans in their aspiration to and appropriation of that divine characteristic. Many other themes of Scripture represent an action of God toward people. While the atonement refers to God’s work of satisfying the cost of human sin, mercy represents God’s…

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The Holiness Condition

For generations, many people have grown up hearing the word holiness as part of their Christian identification. In some churches, like the Free Methodist Church, that designation seemed at times to eclipse the very calling to be Christ followers. During a big part of the 20th century, it became nearly synonymous with behavioral expectations. We were…

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Holiness Movement

(Dictionary of Christian Spirituality. Glen Scorgie, General Editor. Zondervan. 2011.) The holiness movement describes a spiritual current within the 19th and early 20th century church emphasizing the work of the Holy Spirit in the experience of sanctification as well as social engagement. Attaining heart purity and the filling of the Holy Spirit were prominent themes within the…

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