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What Does it Mean to be Holy?
Contact: Karen Davis, 800-927-0517 ext. 109, kdavis@tbbmedia.com
 
MEDIA ADVISORY, Sept. 20 /Christian Newswire/ -- Can a godless society be expected to become godly without seeing what godliness is? Are Christians today willing to live their lives in such a way that they reflect God's holiness? Simon Ponsonby's The Pursuit of the Holy: A Divine Invitation tells the story of a holy God seeking friends among the unholy and bringing life to those who, left to themselves, would miss out completely on the joy of His promises.
 
The Bible uses the word holy in context with other words such as cleanliness, purity, blamelessness, glory, righteousness, godliness, and trustworthiness. These words provide a starting point for Christ-followers to understand the invitation to reflect God's holiness and the fullness of what it means in our relationship with God. Ponsonby states that holiness is a way of behaving that is determined by the being of God—a life that becomes like the God who possesses holiness.
 
Rather than unattainable perfection, Ponsonby encourages others to understand that our pursuit of holiness is a life-long transformation process that is not only desirable but is also an exciting opportunity and offer placed before us to go for it. Holiness is a supremely positive word that reflects God's desire to restore His children into His likeness. Moses and Isaiah are two characters Ponsonby uses to provide vivid windows into God's restoration process. Careful study of these men and their encounters with God reveal many things about the divine characteristics of God's holiness:
 
·         God's holiness doesn't preclude His visitation to sinners.
·         God's holiness doesn't negate His revelation to sinners.
·         God's holiness doesn't eliminate His desire to communicate with and show compassion for sinners.
·         God's holiness won't destroy us if we repent of our sinfulness.
·         God is gracious, forgiving, and cleansing, removing sin in an instant.
·         God will employ us in His service, despite past failure, if we will only say, "Here I am."
 
Ponsonby wants people to understand the grace and mercy of God's invitation to holiness. He writes that once we understand this, we will no longer desire to live as we once lived, as sinners. Instead, we will desire to live like God. This pilgrimage is not one of subservient creatures before their Creator, neither of soldiers before their commanding officer, but of sons and daughters and lovers of God. To be holy is to be fully alive, fully human, and whole, as God intended.