March 10, 2020 | Derek Prince, IFA Founder
For a limited time, IFA is offering Set Apart for God: The Beautiful Secret of Holiness, a wonderful book by IFA founder Derek Prince, free with a donation of any amount. Here is an excerpt from the Introduction:
Holiness is one of the great and unique themes of the Scriptures. No other book in the world reveals the nature of holiness as does the Bible. However, this topic has been neglected among many groups of God’s people for some time, so that there has been relatively little teaching on it.
IN PURSUIT OF HOLINESS
At one point in my ministry, I was preparing to give series of messages entitled “In Pursuit of Holiness,” taken from Hebrews 12:14: Pursue peace with all people, and holiness, without which no one will see the Lord. In the process of my preparation, I reflected back over the years. At that time, I had been a preacher for more than fifty years, and I counted over forty-nine different nations in which I had preached to people from all kinds of denominational and ethnic backgrounds—about as wide a variety of people as you could imagine. Sadly, I could not recall ever having been among a group of people who appeared to be pursuing true holiness.
Maybe my memory was at fault. Or maybe I misjudged the people. But I could not recall ever having been in a congregation or other group of people of whom I could say with certainty that they were seeking holiness.
HOLINESS HAS DISAPPEARED FROM OUR CHRISTIAN VOCABULARY
My impression is that about the time of World War I, certain subjects just dropped out of the thinking of Western Christians and were never really regained. One of those subjects was holiness. In fact, the word holiness seemed to disappear from the Christian vocabulary (along with certain other words, such as sacrifice and self-denial). The result of such neglect is always disastrous to God’s people because, as we will see, holiness is the essence of what God is and what we are to be. As He who called you is holy, you also be holy in all your conduct, because it is written, “Be holy, for I am holy.” (1 Pet 1:15-16) . . .
God is holy, but not because He has a set of rules that He follows. Following a set of rules will not make you holy, either—even if they are good rules. You may decide to follow them. But, again, that is not what makes you holy. My personal conclusion is that holiness has almost nothing whatsoever to do with observing rules and regulations. It has to do with partaking of the divine nature through Christ by entering into a relationship with the God who loves us, discovering what He has called us to do, and fulfilling that call upon our lives. I trust that this truth will become clear to you as you read Set Apart for God: The Beautiful Secret of Holiness.
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