I couldn’t remember where I heard it or read it, but I never forgot it. That is, I never forgot it in essence; actually I couldn’t quite remember how it went. So I did an internet search, confident that I would find it in ten thousand posts. But to my surprise this nugget took a little while to uncover.
But here it is: “Holiness is being so happy in God that sin has no attraction any more.”
Oh, how on target this is. It’s when my eyes are turned away from resting in the perfect Righteousness of Jesus Christ that I’m pulled like a magnet to some other attraction . . . which pulls me down. But it’s when I find all my glory and joy in Him alone that my besetting sins don’t beset. Holiness isn’t based on any striving . . . at least not on striving for anything more than simply striving to see and rejoice.
I may be giving John Piper some strange bedfellows, but this quotable quote seemed in my mind to connect with a blog post by one of my favorite fundamentalists: John Van Gelderen. Though I might not have put some things just the way he did, still I agree in essence with what he has to say about the so-called “Holiness Movement.” And—this might surprise people who know a little about it—he likes it.
In spite of the extremes and errors of some, the “Holiness Movement” of the early 1900s, with its Conferences, spawned some of the greatest missionary endeavors of the past century. The more I research missionaries, the more connections I find.
And that, with the second book in the Hidden Heroes series having just come out, is very near to my heart.