Tolle Lege: The Holiness of God

The Holiness of GodReadability (1-3):  2

Length:  219 pgs

Author:  R.C. Sproul

I have yet to write one of these ‘reviews’ on a book I am not reading for the first time, perhaps this is the first because I was moved to worship again as wonderfully as when the book was first cracked.  Although Sproul can do nothing but fall desperately short of the grandeur of his topic he writes superbly and as a master teacher.  Weighty, deep theological truths are taught in an incredibly understandable way.  This book easily glides to the top of the most impactful books I have read.  If you are not joining us for the NRBC this month as we discuss this book I strongly encourage you to read it. 

Ministers are noteworthy of their calling.  All preachers are vulnerable to the charge of hypocrisy.  In fact, the more faithful preachers are to the Word of God in their preaching, the more liable they are to the charge of hypocrisy.  Why?  Because the more faithful people are to the Word of God, the higher the message is that they will preach.  The higher the message, the further they will be from obeying it themselves.

I cringe inside when I speak in churches about the holiness of God. I can anticipate the responses of the people. They leave the sanctuary convinced that they have just been in the presence of a holy man. Because they hear me preach about holiness, they assume I must be as holy as the message I preach. That’s when I want to cry, “Woe is me.

It’s dangerous to assume that because a person is drawn to holiness in his study that he is thereby a holy man. There is irony here. I am sure that the reason I have a deep hunger to learn of the holiness of God is precisely because I am not holy. I am a profane man – a man who spends more time out of the temple than in it. But I have had just enough taste of the majesty of God to want more. I know what it means to be a forgiven man and what it means to be sent on a mission. My soul cries for more. More soul needs more.

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