Scriptural Holiness by Noel Brooks . Marilyn A. Hudson, MLIS

The British born Rev. Noel Brooks (1914-2006) wrote Scriptural Holiness in 1967 (Franklin Springs, Georgia: Advocate Press (now LifeSprings).  It quickly gained a beloved place as a well written, theologically sound, and spiritually enthused look at the nature of Holiness.  As a man born into a home life enthused with a strong holiness ethos, part of church groups (Wesleyan Methodist,  Elim Pentecostal Alliance, The Bible-Pattern Church) who valued greatly the Wesleyan holiness teachings, and who was a member of the Pentecostal Holiness Church, Brooks celebrated the idea of holiness.  As a scholar and an experience church leader, he also was a call for balance and biblically sound exegesis of the topic.  Today, this work stands as a classic on the subject and still a guide through the complex issue of holiness for the believer.  Crucial to his thesis was the concept that scriptual holiness teaches that holiness is given to the believer as a gift by God and nothing a believer does can manifest holiness. The believer can merely manifest the life changes made by that gift.


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