Mark your calendar for our next Annual Bible Conference on
Saturday, October 21, 2017!!
The topic of the 2016 conference was Holiness.
Holiness seems to have gone out of style in the church today. John Owen said that “holiness is nothing but the implanting, writing and living out of the gospel in our souls.” To Owen, and many others, holiness was not seen as an addendum to the gospel and it certainly was not antithetical to the gospel. Holiness is at the heart of the gospel. Tragically, Owen’s view of holiness has not remained popular.
Many Christians, having heard so little of holiness from the pulpit, give little or no thought to its place in their spiritual life. As a result, their view of holiness is so anemic that they confuse holiness with legalism. Some even find ways to resent appeals for holiness in the name of grace.
On the other end of the spectrum, some perpetually emphasize personal holiness, at least their own conception of it. Their holiness is attainable through rules, because they think of it in strictly moral terms, as if outward behavior was the only characteristic of holiness. Thus, one side ignores holiness and the other distorts it. Thankfully the Bible presents a thorough and nuanced view that rises above the deficient views of holiness. Join us this fall as we examine biblical holiness.
-Pastor Paul Shirley