Morgan on Holiness

G. Campbell Morgan 1

G. Campbell Morgan was the famous British bible teacher whose pulpit was primarily Westminster Chapel in London, (starting in 1904). Back when monologuing was the prime and effective means of persuasive communication (called “preaching”), he was one of the best. He also authored over 60 books. While archaic in such respects, he is still timeless in others.

For example, Morgan defined holiness in the following way:

“In holiness and righteousness, the essential meaning of holiness is right but it is right in intrinsic character. The essential meaning of righteousness is right, but it is right in actual conduct.”

He goes on to describe holiness in 7 limiting statements.

(1) Holiness is not freedom from all sin as imperfection; but it is freedom from the dominion of sin, and from willful sinning.
(2) Holiness is not freedom from mistakes in judgment; but it is freedom from the need to exercise judgment alone. (The alone is the key idea).
(3) Holiness is not freedom from temptation, but it is freedom from the paralysis, which necessitates failure.
(4) Holiness does not mean freedom from bodily infirmity, but it does mean freedom from all ailments, which are the direct result of disobedience.
(5) Holiness does not mean freedom from conflict, but it does mean freedom from defeat.
(6) Holiness is not freedom from liability to fall, but it is freedom from the necessity of falling.
(7) Holiness is not freedom from the possibility of advance, but it is freedom from the impossibility of advance.

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