2nd Jul 2012

Our Review for The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul

We have offered The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul, for some time, but only now have we been able to write our own review for it. You can read the review below or click here for more information and to order copies.

The Holiness of God, by R. C. Sproul

The holiness of God is the subject of constant proclamation among angels (Isa. 6:3; Rev. 4:8). Meanwhile, Christians no longer believe in it. They wear shirts proclaiming “Jesus is my homeboy” and use God as a comic-relief character in tasteless jokes—while God Himself smolders as a consuming fire (Heb. 12:29). Whole churches lift up their hands to God, begging Him to come down, heedless that God’s arrival might bring a death toll. To describe the problem more exactly, Christians have stressed having a relationship with God but have forgotten that He “dwells in inapproachable light” (1 Tim. 6:16).

The solution is a re-examination of God’s holiness and a commitment to honor it. And apart from the Bible itself, likely no book can reveal the holiness of God better than R. C. Sproul’s. At the risk of overusing the term, it’s a “new classic.” No other book has done more to awaken contemporary Christianity to this attribute of God.

The Holiness of God by Sproul combines three commendable elements: (1) He presents a biblical treatment of the topic, either by expositing key passages or by bringing scriptural accounts to bear on the issue. (2) His writing style easily keeps the reader’s attention, oscillating from his own unique humor to potent observations. (3) At no time in these pages does the holiness of God appear as a merely academic issue; it consistently impresses itself upon the reader, requiring his life to reflect the knowledge gained.

If you wish to continue in an ankle-deep knowledge of God, and in a reckless Christian life, then do not read this book. Otherwise, we most eagerly recommend it.