Victory just started the first week of our brand series on holiness yesterday and I am excited that our churches all over the Philippines will be talking about the holiness of God in the next three weeks.
Holiness is not an easy topic to preach or talk about. The term itself sounds deeply theological and many of us have this strong aversion towards theology. We don’t want to theorize and philosophize. We don’t want to subject God to too much analysis and logical thinking; we would rather feel and experience Him. We’re afraid that if we think too much, we’d go overboard and become dry and boring Christians (as if boredom is a mortal sin).
But holiness is an inescapable biblical theme. It is the only character trait of God that was mentioned in both New and Old Testaments with extreme superlatives (Isaiah 6:3, Revelation 4:8). We talk so much and sing so much about the love of God these days but the truth is that without a firm grasp of God’s holiness, our understanding of God’s love is just mushy and vague. Holiness is the flip side of the coin of God’s love. Those who loudly claim that God loves unconditionally often wrongly imply that God is a helpless doormat lover-slash-martyr you can abuse anytime.