The Holiness of God by RC Sproul is a book I should have read years ago, it is a book that every Christian should read. Sproul is a faithful Bible teacher who has written a book that gives us a bigger vision of God. The premise of the book is that we are functional Unitarians – that is, we only concentrate on Jesus Christ. Whilst it is vital that we look to Jesus and are Cross Centred in our theology, Sproul argues that we need to focus more on God the Father. Indeed, Jesus came to do the will of the Father and to bring many to Him. So he is right.
Sproul opens up what it means that God is Holy, the implications of His holiness, some problems we may have with His holiness (such as certain Old Testament passages) and finishes with a glorious look at the gospel and how we can be bold in the presence of our Holy God.
I strongly believe that many ‘Christians’ have created ‘God’ in their own image. That is, they make God like a perfect extension of their personalities and beliefs. This leads to a difficulty in reading large sections of the Bible, and a bitterness towards God when He doesn’t do exactly as they would. This book would sort that out.
I can still remember in University struggling with the Holiness, Justice, and Wrath of God. But it was like a second conversion when I began to believe and trust in the God revealed in the Bible. I wonder, do you need such an experience? Do you need to understand the Character and Holiness of God more clearly?
Read this book. It will challenge your faith and change your life.