If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, [even] the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness…” 1 Timothy 6:3
It is my firm impression that we need a thorough revival of Scriptural holiness… Satan knows well the power of true holiness, and the immense injury which increased attention to it will do to his kingdom. It is his interest, therefore, to promote strife and controversy about this part of God’s truth.
That faith in Christ is the root of all holiness;
that the first step towards a holy life is to believe on Christ;
that until we believe — we have not a jot of holiness;
that union with Christ by faith is the secret of both beginning to be holy and
that the life that we live in the flesh, we must live by faith in Jesus;
that faith purifies the heart;
that faith is the victory that overcomes the world;
that by faith the ancients obtained a good report —
all these are truths which no well-instructed Christian will ever think of denying. The details and particular ingredients of which holiness is composed in daily life, ought to be fully set forth and pressed on believers by all who profess to handle the subject. True holiness does not consist merely of believing and feeling — but of doing and a practical exhibition of the active and passive graces:
our natural passions and inclinations
our conduct as parents and children, masters and servants, husbands and
wives, rulers and subjects
our employment of time
our behavior in business
our demeanor in sickness and health, in riches and poverty — all, all these are matters which are fully treated by inspired writers.
They are not content with a general statement of what we should believe and feel, and how we are to have the roots of holiness planted in our hearts. They dig down lower. They go into particulars. They specify minutely, what a holy man ought to do an be in his own family, by his own fireside, and at the work-place.
True holiness, we surely ought to remember, does not consist merely of inward sensations and impressions. It is much more then tears, and sighs, and bodily excitement, and a quickened pulse, and a passionate feeling of attachment to our favorite preachers and our own religious party, and a readiness to quarrel with everyone who does not agree with us. It is something of “the image of Christ” which can be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings! (Romans 8:29.)
Excerpt from “Holiness, Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots” By J.C. Ryle