The Holiness of God

by R.C. Sproul

“By those who come near Me I will be treated as holy, And before all the people I will be honored." (Leviticus 10:3). “Be holy, for I am holy.”  (Leviticus 11:44; I Peter 1:15-16). “The failure of modern evangelicalism is the failure to understand the holiness of God.”  (The Holiness of God, pp. 179)

Standing alone, each of those three sentences would provide ample incentive for reading R.C. Sproul’s, The Holiness of God.  While emphasizing God’s justice, love and patience, Sproul explains and clarifies each of those sentences, while also addressing a number of other aspects of God’s holiness, in a book that has rapidly become a classic for the church at large.

While thoughtfully and carefully written, the book reads easily.  The topic has profound theological depth but is addressed in a manner that is extremely practical and applicable to the Christian’s daily life.  Of particular value is its help in understanding that the antipathy and rejection that we can experience from unbelievers, and even sometimes within the church, is often ultimately directed not at us, but at the holiness of God that should be demonstrated in our lives.  The book deserves to be read both carefully and widely within our church. 

—George Crawford, Anchored Fellowship Group


Central to God’s character is the quality of holiness. Yet, even so, most people are hard-pressed to define what God’s holiness precisely is. Many preachers today avoid the topic altogether because people today don’t quite know what to do with words like “awe” or “fear.” R. C. Sproul, in this classic work, puts the holiness of God in its proper and central place in the Christian life. He paints an awe-inspiring vision of God that encourages Christian to become holy just as God is holy. Once you encounter the holiness of God, your life will never be the same.

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