The Hole In Our Holiness

 

The Hole In Our Holiness

Paul's Goodreads Review

This was a brilliant book, particularly the first half which demonstrated so clearly the importance of holiness in the life of a Christian, but not in a guilt-laden, works-righteousness way, but instead in a grace-filled gospel-based way.
 

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The hole in our holiness is that we don’t really care much about it.

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We must be holy, because this is the one grand end and purpose for which Christ came into the world… Jesus is a complete Saviour. He does not merely take away the guilt of a believer’s sin, he does more—he breaks its power.

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To be cool means you differentiate yourself from others. That often means pushing the boundaries with language, with entertainment, with alcohol, and with fashion. Of course, holiness is much more than these things, but in an effort to be hip, many Christians have figured holiness has nothing to do with these things. They’ve willi... View Quote


We need more Christians on our campuses, in our cities, in our churches, and in our seminaries who will say with Paul, “Look carefully then how you walk” (Eph. 5:15)

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I have no interest in making anyone feel bad for being passionate about Bach, bass fishing, or Herman Bavink. There are a hundred good things you may be called to pursue as a Christian. All I’m saying is that, according to the Bible, holiness, for ever single Christian, should be right at the top of that list.

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When was the last time we took a verse like, “Let there be no filthiness nor foolish talk nor crude joking, which are out of place, but instead let there be thanksgiving” (Eph. 5:4) and even began to try to apply this to our conversation, our movies, our YouTube clips, our television and commercial intake? What does it mean that there must n... View Quote


If you read through the instructions to the New Testament churches you will find few explicit commands that tell us to take care of the needy in our communities and no explicit commands to do creation care, but there are dozens and dozens of verses that enjoin us, in one way or another, to be holy as God is holy.

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There is no shortcut to sanctification by trying to relive the glory days of some bygone era. “If only things could be like they used to be.” Well, that might help with public standards of sexual decency, but the good ol’ days weren’t so good on race relations. Every generation has both its insights and its blind spots. It takes wisd... View Quote


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