April 4, 2006

The Holiness Manifesto

Here is an article from Christianity Today: The Holiness Manifesto

You can also visit their Holiness and Unity website.

This is intriguing to me because I come from a holiness denomination background. Most of the issues addressed in this document are issues I have had with the holiness movement for a long time.

It is truly historic to have so many people from the different branches of the holiness movement meet to discuss. Never before have these "holiness" denomination been able to develop a common statement.

Unfortunately, I think this is too little too late. And, I think the denominations are so entrenched they may never be able to remove themselves from the problems of the past.

I am a believer in the holiness movement as stated in this manifesto. I have always believed that God desires a holy people set apart for Him. I believe that holiness is being re-formed into the image of God's Son--Christlikeness. I think God works through the power of the Holy Spirit to bring this about in a follower's life. Legalism has disrupted the true essence of holiness in some of these denominations. I

also find it interesting the assumptions that are still being made. The most appalling is the seeming assumption that only these denominations preach holiness and that the other denominations need these "holiness" denominations to lead the way. I believe there are many "non-holiness" churches that have done a much better job of preaching holiness than many of these denominations.

I don't agree with the statement in the interview with Kevin Mannoia about methodology. The assumption seems to be that methodology does not matter. However, no one will ever hear the message if they cannot overcome poor methodology. I don't think is should be an either/or; it should be a both/and. We should be concerned about the message we preach AND about the method we use to extend that message. No one is going to stick around long enough to hear the message is the methodology is bad.

I think it is good the finally hear some strong, Wesleyan voices. I, for one, desire to be unified with my brothers and sisters no matter what denomination or theologian they align themselves with. But I do like to hear a Wesleyan voice once in a while.

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