Holiness is an essential characteristic of the nature of God and is a central doctrine to The Wesleyan Church and many other denominations. Yet this doctrine has decayed in recent decades and is in danger of being lost as a central focus of Wesleyan Theology.
This volume offers a fresh look at the essential doctrine of holiness, tracing the development of holiness in both biblical Testaments, the history of the church, and in modern practice. Practical chapters examine the ways in which believers experience holiness today, the preaching of holiness, and holiness in the church. Inspire church leaders to renew their teaching of this essential doctrine and equip them for communicating the doctrine of holiness to their congregations with this important book.
“Let me propose now that sanctification leading to a holy life flows from four aspects of experience: discontent, dedication, deliverance, and discipline.” (Page 22)
“Holiness is about being imitators of God—more specifically, about being Christlike.” (Page 19)
“three enemies are opposed to our new life: the world, the flesh, and the devil” (Page 22)
“Holiness is and always should be an identifiable trait of God’s people. Holy people are called to be set apart for God’s purposes in the world. The church must never drift away from or neglect to proclaim this message. Holiness still is our mission, holiness both personal and corporate.” (Page 9)
“A true religion is a union of the soul with God, a real participation in the divine nature, the image of God drawn upon the soul, or in the apostle’s phrase, ‘it is Christ formed within us.’” (Page 59)