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Holiness in the Life of a Pastor

March 26, 2007

Personal holiness is something I’ve been thinking much about lately. Therefore, as I’ve been listening through the recent Desiring God Pastor’s Conference sessions, of particular challenge to me was Thabiti Anyabwile’s talk The Glory of Pervasive Holiness in the Life of a Pastor.

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I won’t spoil the whole talk for you. Instead, I’d encourage you to listen to it prayerfully. But here are a few of the quotes that I’m still mulling over…

“Holiness is a gospel promise.”

“Enough with how-to sermons, unless its how to be holy as God is holy.”

“People tend toward two extremes: all commands are legalism or real, tyrannical legalism. Stand in this tension.”

“There is no room for coddling our pet sins. Disregarding this is a disregard of God.”

“We dwell among people who dangle on a web over the flames of hell. The driftwood of sin that the lost are holding onto does not float in the flood of judgement.”

“God does not reckon any among his own who do not groan in response to wickedness. If we do not hate sin we have nothing in common with God.”

“If we want to see God in our church, we must cultivate holiness so there is a place for him.”

Read the transcript, or download here.

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2 comments

  1. “If we do not hate sin we have nothing in common with God.”

    Powerful statement! The last is also very profound, “If we want to see God in our church, we must cultivate holiness so there is a place for him.”


  2. Again, a timely contribution from the DG Pastor’s Conference emphasising the need to be holy as our Father is holy. One particularly relevant comment from McCheyne struck me as i explored what it was to be a young pastor so i thought I’d share it. He said… “my congregation’s greatest need is my personal holiness.”

    Keep up the fantastic work Colin. Hope it’s not tiring you out.



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