Gleanings: True Holiness

Francis Schaeffer influenced millions of people in the 1960’s (and beyond) with influential books and his ministry center at L’Abri in Switzerland.  Near the end of his life, he gave a retreat for clergy, and I was given copies of the tapes.  Among the many helpful things that he said, I was struck by this statement:

“Holiness without love is not God’s kind of holiness; love with holiness is not God’s kind of love.”

This is exactly the combination that comes to us through the Wesleyan tradition—a tradition of “holy love.”  The former without the latter eventually deteriorates into legalism and judgmentalism.  The latter without the former eventually deteriorates into sentimentalism and subjectivism.  It is only when holiness and love are kept together that we see the truth of each and the nature of both.

About Steve Harper

Retired seminary professor, who taught for 32 years in the disciplines of Spiritual Formation and Wesley Studies. Author and co-author of 42 books. Also a retired Elder in The Florida Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church.
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