The holiness of God

by R. C. Sproul

Hardcover, 1985



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Wheaton, Ill. : Tyndale House Publishers, c1985.


Central to God's character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God's holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don't quite know what to do with words like "awe" or "fear." R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.

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LibraryThing member moses917
R.C. Sproul in his modern day classic which was first written over 25 yrs ago tackles the doctrine of God’s holiness. Thanks to the christianaudio Reviewers Program was able to listen to the audiobook. In the book, The Holiness of God, Sproul answers the question what is the holiness of God? It
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is intriguing and at times terrifying when you try to wrestle with the doctrine and wrap your mind around the holiness of the God of the Bible. The teaching of the bible that delicately balances God’s terrifying holiness and his inexplicable grace.

Sproul takes us from Rudolf Otto‘s mysterium tremendum to Martin Luther‘s “insanity” and the great American purtian Jonathan Edwards‘ fiery sermons, this classic offers a concise exploration of history and Scripture that will help its reader better understand God’s holiness. He reminds us that the first petition in the Lord’s Prayer is “hallowed by your name”.

How we understand the holiness of God affects every area of our lives since God is inescapable. Holiness fundamentally means separation is to be set apart. Because we are unholy, our first impulse is fear since God is holy. Sproul shows that Holiness provokes hatred hence forth the greater the divide between his holiness and our own, then greater the hostility toward God from man. This explains why Jesus with his perfect love was rejected by his own people.

Lastly, an additional plus is that Hovel Audio’s narrator Grover Gardner speaks clearly with a voice that greatly compliments the richness of the book. This is a must needed addition to the Christians audio library. The reason is stated clearly by Dr. Sproul himself when he states, “that the failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God.”
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LibraryThing member revslick
One of the spiritual classics!
One sentence synopsis--- Sproul beautifully describes God's Holiness to restore the sense of awe in our relationship with God.
His writing emotes warmth. I can imagine Sproul could tell somebody to go to Hell in the nicest way that their response would be shall I take
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the direct or scenic route?
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LibraryThing member theologicaldan
One of Sproul's best books.
LibraryThing member lougheryweb
First book I read that was from a "Reformed" perspective. Still my favorite work from Sproul.
LibraryThing member coffeesucker
This book shattered my selfish illusions and humbled me like never before with the Spirit of God. Highest recommendation!
LibraryThing member Apostle10
A very powerful book which draws one to their knees once understanding what Holiness and the love of Christ is.
LibraryThing member RobSumrall
Of the many R.C. Sproul (pronounced like "bowl") books I have read, few have impacted me like The Holiness of God. Writing for the masses, Sproul sheds his academic verbiage for a more colloquial approach to an important topic. He dismantles the flippant image of God that modern society has
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crafted. He leaves no room for a cosmic Santa Claus or a friendly, bearded Homer Simpson god. Sproul takes the reader on a journey through Scripture, making stops in the Church History section along the way, introducing the reader to an awe-inspiring, fear-cultivating, righteously-wrathful God. Hopefully his faithful treatment of a plethora of Bible passages will help readers see the veracity to his writing.

This book needs to be read! Sproul brings forth a biblical vision of God that is absent from much of the American religious landscape. Discovering and responding to the God of the Bible is the only hope anyone has.
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LibraryThing member PhilipJHunt
Sproul is good as apologist. He's easy to read, a great communicator who liberally decorates his arguments with examples that resonate. He makes a good case for the other-ness of God, but I find his analysis of violence and justice unsatisfactory. He makes no attempt to reconcile the contrast
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between his portrayal of a violent God with the character of Jesus who is, according to the writer of Hebrews, "the very representation of God." For another view, I suggest "Cross Vision: How the Crucifixion of Jesus Makes Sense of Old Testament Violence" by Gregory A. Boyd.
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LibraryThing member agentx216
Boy, this one really hurts me to give such a low grade to. I have heard that this book was amazing and that it was so insightful and in-depth and covered the holiness of God so well. What I read was a disjointed, confusing hodgepodge of chapters that were fine on their own but when coupled together
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made for a confusing mess. I did not HATE this book and there were a few great points that Sproul makes. However, those few points I would most likely write down and throw out the rest. There is an example Sproul gives where an entire chapter is a small glimpse into how seriously Martin Luther looked at God. The chapter had more to do with Luther and very little to do with the holiness of God other than to show how one man viewed it. Ok, get back to the point - I felt like saying that a lot. Reading this book chapter after chapter seems as if each were collected into an anthology and not one coherent thought or shared a common element towards one subject. My version is the revised and expanded edition and I'm not sure what has been revised or expanded but it didn't help. I wouldn't be opposed to someone reading this book as I do believe it has some good points it makes. However, in dealing with the holiness of God, this was a confusing book that didn't seem to cover the subject the title suggests. Final Grade - D
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LibraryThing member ScottKalas
The Holiness of God will be the text for the next session of Soldiers of Christ Prison Ministries' Discipleship 101 'A Soldiers's Call to Know God's Holiness'
LibraryThing member sparkleandchico
I received this book free. Having read it I am surprised it is a classic. The author covers various passages of Scripture to try and demonstrate the holiness of God. He makes some good points especially in relation to those who ask how a God of love can allow suffering/send people to Hell. He
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reminds us that we all deserve Hell due to our sin which is an affront to God's holiness and that it is only by God's grace that we are saved (through faith.) Although the book is biblically sound I found it hard going and a bit dis-jointed. Some of the chapters seemed to have been added randomly. The book just doesn't flow very well as a read-through but it might be useful for reference.

Recommended for Christian readers who want to understand God's holiness.
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234 p.; 22 cm


0842314938 / 9780842314930
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