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.