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How To Preach And Teach Holiness: Introduction

By Arthur Vess

      Holiness is the greatest theme of the Holy Scriptures, the greatest theme of the ages. Holiness is the foundation of the nature and character of God, and of saints and angels. It is the greatest attribute of God, which rules and controls all His other attributes. Without holiness, God would be unmerciful in His justice and unjust in His mercy; partial in His love, and dangerous in His power. There are only two great moral principles in the universe: holiness and sin. Sin, or anti-holiness is the cause of all our troubles, and holiness is the only cure. The only difference in earth and Heaven is sin and holiness. Never apologize for holiness, though you may apologize for the lack of holiness.

      If we are to be holiness preachers, it is of first importance that we know how to preach holiness. There are as many ways to preach holiness as there are preachers, congregations and individuals, but there are certain definite, fundamental, principles which must be adhered to by all who preach "true holiness" -- or the gospel of Jesus Christ.

      When we read such passages as, "Without holiness, no man shall see God," and "Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God," and "Be ye holy for I, the Lord your God, am Holy," we are informed and mightily reminded that it is of supreme importance, not only to know what to preach, but how to preach holiness. No one can preach the Bible without preaching holiness. Holiness is the only remedy for sin, and the only road to Heaven. If you are God's preacher, you are both a holy, and a holiness preacher. If you belong to a holiness church, you are doubly bound to preach holiness, both because of your vow to God and to your church. Holiness begins in repentance and is imparted and experienced in regeneration and is perfected in sanctification and completed in glorification. You must preach holiness, regardless of the cost, if you would awaken sinners, bless the saints and stir compromised hypocrites. We cannot please a holy God without offending an unholy devil and his slaves.

      Then, since holiness is the fountain head of all truth, you have a right and responsibility to ask, "HOW SHALL I PREACH HOLINESS?" We would make the following recommendations as to how you are to present this great theme of the Bible, and of the ages, in order to lead souls into holiness and eternal life, here and hereafter:

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See Also:
   1. We Must Preach It Experientially
   2. Preach Holiness Scripturally
   3. Preach It Logically And Theologically
   4. Preach It Boldly And Fearlessly Without Compromise
   5. Preach It Tenderly
   6. Preach It Practically
   7. Preach It Definitely And Specifically
   8. Preach It To All Classes
   9. Preach It Seriously
   10. Preach Holiness With Joy And Gladness
   11. Preach Holiness Constantly
   12. Preach It Personally
   13. Preach Holiness Negatively And Positively
   14. Preach Holiness Evangelistically
   15. Preach Holiness By Example


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