May 22, 2024

The hole in our holiness

This is thought-provoking and convicting book by Kevin DeYoung addresses the issue of holiness in the lives of Christians. It was published in 2012 and challenges contemporary Christian culture and its sometimes casual attitude toward holiness and sanctification.

The main argument of the book is that there is often a gap between our profession of faith and our practice of holiness. DeYoung argues that many Christians today have a strong emphasis on the gospel and God’s grace but may neglect the importance of living a holy and obedient life. He contends that true gospel transformation should lead to a desire for holiness and that the pursuit of holiness is not legalism but an essential aspect of the Christian life.

DeYoung’s book is precise and comprehensible, making it suitable for a wide range of readers, from new Christians, to pastors and church leaders.

The author starts by emphasizing the importance of holiness and its centrality to the Christian faith, addressing the common misconceptions and misunderstandings that have led to a neglect of this crucial aspect of Christian life. He challenges Christians to take holiness seriously.

DeYoung emphasizes that true holiness starts with the imputed righteousness of Christ, which is given to believers through faith. Believers are then to pursue holiness through the help of the Holy Spirit — daily working out their salvation, killing sin. Thus holiness is both a status and a process.

DeYoung argues that holiness is at the core of our identity as followers of Christ. He asserts that God’s call to holiness is not a suggestion or optional extra but a commandment explicitly stated in the Bible (1 Peter 1:15-16).

Throughout the book, DeYoung draws from the Scriptures to reinforce the biblical call to holiness, grounding his arguments in sound theology. He has also shared thoughts from other theologians to emphasize his points.

He not only leaves the readers with head knowledge but also practical advice and examples on how holiness should be lived out in everyday life. DeYoung emphasizes the role of God’s grace and the Holy Spirit in the process of sanctification.

One of the book’s strengths is its ability to balance theological depth with practical application. It encourages readers to pursue holiness, not as a means of earning salvation but as a response to the grace of God. DeYoung’s writing is both challenging and encouraging, reminding Christians of the high calling to which they have been called — the one thing that makes them different/set apart from unbelievers.

In conclusion, “A Hole in Our Holiness” is a valuable book for Christians looking to deepen their understanding of holiness and sanctification. Kevin DeYoung effectively highlights the biblical mandate for holiness and offers practical insights on how to pursue it. While it may not align with all theological perspectives, (based on where different people are coming from) it remains a worthwhile read for those seeking to grow in their Christian faith and commitment to holiness.

Kelvin Mulwa

Kelvin Mulwa is an ICT professional, Bible student and teacher of the Word who is passionate about leadership training for young people.

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