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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
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"
Copyright © 2005, South Green Street Church of Christ,
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