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In this thoroughly documented book, the reader will find an expert treatment of Holiness theology by one of its finest scholars. Greathouse examines the Old and New Testament roots, providing challenging insights into both historic background and practical application. The author shows that God not only desires His people to be holy, but He freely pours the Holy Spirit in sanctifying power on any who truly seek this indispensable lifestyle. This masterfully researched volume is invaluable to the scholar, pastor or layperson who wishes to examine the Biblical foundations of the the experience of holiness.
Posted September 22, 2000
This most helpful and quite readable treatment of the biblical foundations of the Wesleyan perspective on the life of holiness comes from the prolific pen of William M. Greathouse, General Superintendent Emeritus in the Church of the Nazarene. A university educated churchman, he writes out of a life spent in the pulpit, the classroom, and administrative office in church and academia, as well as in research and writing. As he lays out before the reader the Old Testament roots and the New Testament teaching on Christian holiness William Greathouse blends his pastoral and evangelistic spirit with careful biblical exegesis and scholarly exposition. Fully knowledgeable in the pertinent scholarly literature he presents an optimism of divine grace that will inspire the heart of every Christian. The Old Testament idea of the holy, the Christian experience of the Holy Spirit, the New Testament concepts of sanctification and perfection, and the Sermon on the Mount as a 'kingdom' ethic are convincingly related to the contemporary Christian life. Both those who seek to understand the traditional Wesleyan concern for the holy life and those who proclaim it will see it firmly grounded here in Scripture. This fine work is well suited for use as a textbook or supplementary reading in courses on spiritual formation and the theology of holiness.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.