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Articles about Holiness

Holiness is an idea found throughout the Bible. At its simplest, it simly means ‘set apart.’ The main idea is that something is set apart for a specific purpose, usually for religious reasons. For example: a lamp stand used in the Jewish temple was made by the same people as regular lamp stands, and usually made from the same materials. Only the purpose differed…some were set aside for special use, others were not.

In this way, the New Testament says that followers of Jesus are to be set apart…that is that, though there’s nothing really special about who we are or how we were made, we work to fulfill our spiritual purpose. That purpose, of course, is to live what Jesus taught, and to emulate His character.

God

Writing a definition for God is inherently difficult, and problematic. There are two main problems with each attempt to define God. The first problem is that we only know what He has revealed to us, so any definition will necessarily be incomplete. The second problem is that while we can use words to describe God, none of those words can help us actually understand Him. Still, that doesn’t mean we shouldn’t try.

One of the identifying marks of a particular brand of Pentecostalism is a list of do's and don'ts known as "Standards". Note the capital S. This list of restrictions includes things like long hair for men, women in pants, adult beverages, cosmetics, wedding bands, movies, and so on.

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