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By Steve Higginbotham
April 15, 2005

At least in four Old Testament passages, the expression, "The Beauty of Holiness" is employed.  Holiness is indeed beautiful.  As good as repentance, confession and forgiveness are, holiness better.  We live in a time when the value and beauty of holiness is not recognized, and is not seen for what it is. 

In fact, rather than focusing upon the "Beauty of Holiness," we live in a time when people have flip-flopped this biblical expression and are being deceived by what they think is the "Holiness of Beauty." 

Just look around.  Take note of how the church seems more preoccupied with "beauty," rather than "holiness."  Want an example?  Congregational singing is giving way in some churches to special group singing and choruses.  Forget about the "beauty of holiness" in the cracking, failing voice of an aged Christian widow singing, "Heaven Will Surely Be Worth It All," and make room for the perceived "holiness of beauty" in the melodic, trained voices of professional singers.

Friends, don't misunderstand.  There is nothing wrong in beauty, it's just not our aim.  Our aim is holiness.  The value is not in beauty, but holiness.  Remember we are to worship God in the "beauty of holiness," not in the "holiness of beauty."

"Give unto the LORD the glory due to His name; Worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness" (Psalm 29:2).


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