So what does the holiness message look like here in the early years of the 21st Century?

First, I think the basic message is still sound. When I preach about a deeper experience in which the heart is filled with God’s love I find a receptive audience. Sometimes, it’s hard for me, who heard and responded to this message early on, to remember what a powerful message of hope it is. However, when I proclaim it and see people respond, it reminds me that it’s a wonderful, positive message.

Second, I think people are still very interested in outward manifestations of the inward work. However, the old approach is giving way to a more Biblical view of what that is. It used to be about (1) emotions and (2) legalism. There was an expectation that folks who “got it” would have a shouting spell and then settle down to walking the straight and narrow. Now, though, folks expect to see more compassion for the hurting – greater loving Christ-likeness – in the lives of those who have “gone deeper” in the things of God.

Third, I think people respond to genuine passion. They’re interested in being part of something worth dying for. Our doctrinal debates are mildly interesting to them, but they want to hear about a relationship with the Lord that’s about life and death. Others, they see, are happily content to get a stamp on their ticket to heaven, but they want to be part of something that demands their all.

A message of full surrender, based on a genuine hunger for all of God, and evidenced by Christ-like love and compassion is the one I think will touch lives today.

One response to “So what does the holiness message look like here in the early years of the 21st Century?

  1. Thank you Pastor Scott for your words. I have been on my spiritual path for many years and too often am turned off by what I will call traditional Christianity, where the message of Jesus seems to get lost in the dogma of the church or from that of a particular pastor. You said, "A message of full surrender, based on a genuine hunger for all of God, and evidenced by Christ-like love and compassion is the one I think will touch lives today.", and I could not agree more!! Living in what I call the "Spirit of Jesus" whereby we live our lives to the greatest extent possible in love, without judgement, humility and wanting to serve is key to transformation.

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