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Misconceptions About Holiness

This week on the Straight Truth Podcast, we are talking about Misconceptions About Holiness.

What is holiness and why are there misconceptions about it? How have these misconceptions about holiness come about? Why are there misconceptions about holiness in the church?

This season on the Straight Truth Podcast, Dr. Richard Caldwell and host Dr. Josh Philpot have three special guests joining them: Pastor Mike Fabarez of Compass Bible Church in Orange County, CA; Dr. Tom Schreiner, the James Buchanan Harrison Professor of New Testament Interpretation at SBTS in Louisville, KY; and Dr. Bruce Ware, the T. Rupert and Lucille Coleman Professor of Christian Theology at SBTS in Louisville, KY.

Today's discussion among our panel is on the misconceptions of holiness. The conversation is prompted by a recent conference, where each of our guests spoke on different areas of holiness. The topics were:  God's Holiness; Holiness in the Life of the Believer; and Holiness in the Church. Each of these men gave clear and precise teachings on what holiness is and what it is not. One vital point of clarity - Christians must have a proper understanding of God's holiness so that we have a proper understanding of His call for us to "be holy"(Leviticus 11:44,1Peter 1:14-16). Otherwise, misconceptions will abound not only with individual believers but within our churches as well.

Some of the greatest misconceptions held are that the pursuit of holiness is restrictive

People often mistake those in pursuit of holiness as peculiar, old fashioned, legalistic, weird and sometimes bizarre. Some of the greatest misconceptions held are that the pursuit of holiness is restrictive, it's constraining, it's austere, and it's depriving. There's no freedom, no fun, no joy, and no happiness to be had in this life. The question then is, "Where's the freedom to be ourselves and enjoy all that life has to offer?" As our panel takes up these things, they help us to evaluate our thinking on both freedom and holiness. 

Freedom isn't always what we think it is. Our panel informs us that there is great joy, and happiness in knowing, loving, and serving God in this life; and for the believer this is freedom. However, this is a freedom that can only be obtained in Christ. In Christ, we are set free to be what God has created us to be and for that to which He calls us. The Christian life is not drudgery nor a heartless duty, it's not about what we miss out on, but on what we gain. It's about our sanctification, and more importantly, our progressive sanctification, becoming more and more like Christ. Yes, there is duty and responsibilities, but also delight, and they go hand in hand in living out the life that Christ has set before us.

Related Messages

If you are interested in learning more about holiness and the pursuit of it,  you can listen to the following sermons by Pastor Richard Caldwell:

Hope and Holiness


A Holy Responsibility


Living for the Will of God


Holy Delight


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