What do your clothes say about you?
Some interesting insight to the area of dress.
Falling on deaf ears
I found this post by Al Mohler to be a sad but true testament to the current reality of ministry. Several from my flock have returned after vacation or visiting friends with a gleam in their eye having been fed a 10 minute sermon, 10 praise songs, and a great latte with a review of “it was a great service.” How heartbreaking to hear people are content with husks when God has a fatted calf. I’m the best preacher I can be, and aspire to be better; but I preach His Word of which I am not ashamed. It alone is the power of God unto salvation, it is living, it is powerful.
Perhaps no thought has more impressed me for some time than the one that was revealed during my recent study of the Holiness of God. In reading Steven Charnock’s the Existence and Attributes of God I was very moved by the chapter on God’s Holiness (over 100 pages long), Charnock suggested an aspect of God’s Holiness that I had not previously considered or recollect considering. The chapter begins with a consideration of the Song of Moses in Exodus 15:1-11 and fixes the readers attention on verse 11:
(Exo 15:11 KJV) 11 Who is like unto thee, O LORD, among the gods? who is like thee, glorious in holiness, fearful in praises, doing wonders?
(Exo 15:11 ESV) 11 “Who is like you, O LORD, among the gods? Who is like you, majestic in holiness, awesome in glorious deeds, doing wonders?
Charnock then makes the point:
“The holiness of God is his glory, as his grace is his riches holiness is his crown and his mercy is his treasure. ”
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“Holiness is a glorious perfection belonging to the nature of God. Hence he is in Scripture style often the Holy One, the Holy One of Jacob, the Holy One of Israel; and oftener entitled Holy, than Almighty, and set forth by this part of his dignity more than by any other.” – Stephen Charnnock
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“Though we conceive him infinite in Majesty, infinite in essence, eternal in duration, mighty in power, and wise and immutable in his counsels; merciful in his proceedings with men, and whatsoever other perfections may dignify so sovereign a Being, yet if we conceive him destitute of this excellent perfection, and imagine him possedwith the least contagion of evil, we make him but an infinite monster, and sully all those perfections we acribed to him before; we rather own him a devil than a God.”
– and finally-
“As it seems to challenge an excellency above all his other perfections, so it is the glory of all the rest. As it is the glory of the Godhea, so it is the glory of every perfection in the Godhead. As his power is the strength of them, so his holiness is the beauty of them.” p113
Millerd Erickson acknowledges this aspect of God’s holiness in his systematic theology–“There are two basic aspects to God’s holiness. The first is his uniqueness. He is totally separate from all of creation. This is what Louis Berkhof called the “majesty-holiness” of God.” – Erickson
What is Beauty? Beauty is God’s Holiness. What is beautiful music? Holy music. What is Beautiful worship? Holy worship? Just as God is the definition of truth so too is God the definition of holiness and so too is God the definition of beauty. The world is so bent on changing truth, and beauty to some subjective, relative definition of their own conjuring. Let us be cognizant that in so doing they are attacking the Holiness of God.
See: 1 Ch 16:29, 2 Ch 20:21; Ps 29:2; Ps 96:9