OPINION (Charisma) – As Christians, we hold fast to the power of God’s love. It is not only a primary attribute of God, but is central to our witness and testimony. However, as we seek to model something powerful to the world that separates us from all others, we need to look again at what the Scripture says is primary. As we pray for God’s tangible presence to move and be seen in our land, I believe there is an attribute even more crucial to our lives and witness than God’s love. It is His holiness. “You shall be holy to me, for I the Lord am holy and have separated you from other peoples, that you should be mine” (Lev. 20:26). As powerful

as God’s love is, it is His holiness that truly sets us apart from all others. In a culture filled with increasing immorality, perversion and rebellion, it is crucial for the church, the ekklesia of God, to demonstrate both the power and the joy of God’s holiness. Some in the church have strayed from this, thinking that the most important quality we must demonstrate to others is our love, even if it means bending the rules a little. However, by wrongly placing love above holiness, the church has allowed compromise and counterfeit doctrines into the body of Christ and lost the power and presence that God’s holiness brings. READ MORE

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