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Overview R.C. Sproul takes a look at the meaning of holiness and why people are both fascinated and terrified by a holy God. "The Holiness of God" is a profound, moving investigation of the character of God which defines all we are and do as Christians.
Publishers Description Central to God's character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God's holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don't quite know what to do with words like "awe" or "fear." R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.
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Studio: Tyndale House Publishers, Inc.
Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 8.32" Width: 5.7" Height: 0.67" Weight: 0.6 lbs.
Release Date Jul 1, 2000
Publisher Tyndale House Publishers
ISBN 0842339655 ISBN13 9780842339650 UPC 031809039656
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More About R. C. Sproul
Dr. R.C. Sproul is the founder and chairman of Ligonier Ministries, an international Christian education ministry located near Orlando, Florida. His teaching can be heard on the program Renewing Your Mind, which is broadcast on hundreds of radio outlets in the United States and in 40 countries worldwide. He is the executive editor of Tabletalk magazine, general editor of The Reformation Study Bible, and the author of more than seventy books and scores of articles for national evangelical publications. Dr. Sproul also serves as president of Ligonier Academy of Biblical and Theological Studies, and Reformation Bible College in Sanford, Florida. He currently serves as senior minister of preaching and teaching at Saint Andrew's in Sanford, FL.
R. C. Sproul currently resides in Orlando, in the state of Florida. R. C. Sproul was born in 1939.
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Humbling Jan 15, 2007
The holiness of God is truly infinite and perfect. This book can help us obtain a little more accurate understanding of holiness by increasing our comprehension of perfection and infinity. I was left thinking "I knew God was perfectly holy, but wow, He is THAT perfectly holy!" At the end of each chapter, reflection questions guide the reader to apply his or her convictions from the reading. This book escapes the curse of most theology, it manages to be both profoundly deep and yet accessibly practical.
God is the Better Thinker Jan 14, 2007
In this wonderful book, Dr. Sproul addresses with superb insight the concept of God's holiness. In a larger context he is also commenting on what I believe is a common and significant error in bible interpretation by both believers and non-believers/skeptics: anthropomorphism, or the attribution of human characteristics and qualities to nonhuman beings or inanimate objects. We expect God to think like we do and if He does not, well we get angry at Him and even criticize His actions. Hahaha, it's really pretty funny...the most ridiculous of self-righteousness.
The first three chapters were, for me, actually a little laborious (perhaps out of necessity) as he developed the notion that holiness is reverential awe for God resulting from God's twin characteristics of separateness and transcendence. The really good stuff starts with Ch 4, which is splendidly titled the Trauma of Holiness. Sproul's analysis of God's holiness expressed through Jesus in His interactions with the disciples is excellent, as well as is his analogy to the Peter Principle and his observations of people when in the company of known religious figures.
Having completed that chapter, I did not think he could come up with much more to say but yes, the remaining chapters are just as insightful without being repetitive. In Ch 5, he talks about Luther's epiphany, though I still have difficulty with the concept of righteousness by faith alone (guess I need to do more reading). In Ch 6, Sproul effectively explains the (holy) wrathfulness of God as described in the Old Testament (I have read some better explanations of the Canaanite massacre elsewhere). Very instructive, too, in that chapter is Sproul's comments on well-intentioned scholars and curriculum coordinators attempting to rewrite the bible's message of God's wrathfulness. Sproul also makes an entertaining but powerful analogy between his showing mercy to recalcitrant students in his classroom and the mercy offered by God; it is right-on. He ends that chapter with knock-out comments on grace and mercy, intertwined with a sobering declaration to his shifty students: "Don't ask God for justice-you might get it." Hahaha, yes.
In Ch 8, he clears up some misconceptions I had about sainthood, speaks well on happiness versus pleasure, great stuff on nonconformity to the world, justification by faith alone (again, still a sticking point with me), and a good observation on the word "righteousness". There is much more I haven't covered, all just as insightful. A truly amazing and spiritually uplifting read.
Excellent study into what holiness really is Jan 3, 2007
We used this book as a study into God's holiness, what does it mean, and how does it amplify all of God's attributes. R. C. Sproul really lays a great foundation in which subsequent studies into the nature of God can really build upon. I highly recommend this book to anyone who really wants to go deep with the Lord.
No explanation necessary Dec 28, 2006
I believe that R.C. Sproul's book, "The Holiness of God", is one of the most important theological books of this generation and that history will prove that to be true. Many reasons are obvious---the easy readability, the engaging humor, the correct use of many biblical texts, the fascinating look into the personal accounts of Martin Luther's life and how that relates to one of the most critical periods in world history (the Reformation), Sproul's masterful exposition of Isaiah's encounter with the living God in Isaiah 6, and the ease at which Sproul is able to unpack and distribute to the reader a true sense of that unfathomable yet foundational characteristic of our awesome God, namely, His holiness. The reader is left with a deeper, more profound understanding of God's holiness and His separateness from us and, at the same time, a greater conviction of his own depravity and unworthiness before our God. This results in true spiritual growth in Christlikeness (as the Scriptures demand) as one's understanding of God's character is challenged and his sinful heart is exposed in order to be confessed and cleansed. The truths of this book truly set me free (to love and worship my Lord as never before) when my unsaved father died unexpectedly last year and I wrestled (as Jacob did with the angel of the Lord) with my Heavenly Father and His supposed "injustice" in sovereignly sending my earthly father to an eternal hell. I read it, prayed, cried, and agonized for months until the truth of God's holiness and justice pierced my aching heart with peace and acceptance. My God became bigger, more sovereign, more just, and more loving and merciful in my eyes as I more deeply realized the truth (as Romans 9 teaches), "What right does the pot have to say to the Potter, this is unfair?". No explanation necessary. I must highly recommend this book and suggest that you give a copy to everyone you know, believer or unbeliever, if you want them to be exposed to the foundational truth of God's awe-inspiring holiness and to be transformed into His likeness.
Excellent - Just buy it now Dec 2, 2006
R.C. Sproul explains what holiness is, instances in the bible where God revealed his holiness as well as people's reaction when being in God's presence. Excellent book. Easy read. Sproul has a great sense of humor.
These days, the church preaches more often of God's grace and mercy...which I agree is exactly who God is. However, we need to be reminded of God's perfect standard...His Holiness, which only through His love and grace through Jesus, makes us "up to par". This book reminds us exactly who we are.....and gives us a taste of who GOD is. How we should tremble in His presence and consider His great love for us, to call us His children.