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Jackie Hill Perry: Why We Have the Wrong Idea About God’s Holiness

“What does my unbelief say about what I believe about the moral purity and the nature of God? Because if I’m not trusting him to care for my cares, what is it that I believe he won’t do?”

“If we do believe that God is as holy as he really is, I really do think that we have more than enough reason and cause to give him everything.”

“It takes faith to believe, one, that God’s holiness is good, but also that in him calling us to be set apart unto himself for good works, that that also is good.”

“You’ve got Isaiah having a vision of God in the temple and the angels are saying, ‘Holy, holy, holy.’ That’s pretty important that we have an attribute of God being sung to the third power, right?”

“I think that much of the wickedness within ourselves, in the church, in the culture is because we don’t know God.”

“I never think that the way we navigate the Bible should be contingent upon whether people will receive it well or not. It has to be, what do people need most? And that’s a vision of God.”

“The thing that tethers my two books is connecting the nature and person of God, as expressed through Jesus as the motivation and the reason why we should trust him and therefore obey him.”

“We all have struggles. We all have issues. We all have sins. And what if the reason why we are functioning in the ways that we function that are opposite of God’s nature is because we don’t know or therefore understand and trust God’s nature or who God is?”

“If God is transcendent and exists differently, then even the way he’s able to go before us isn’t limited. That’s why he’s able to show up as a pillar of cloud by day and a pillar of fire by night. That’s why he’s able to bring these plagues and make nature turn against Egypt so as to deliver his people. It’s like he literally is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all we could ever ask or think. And so in one way, our unbelief limits God as if he could be contained, as if he has the restrictions, as if he cannot do and show up and show out. And so I really just think we have to expand our thinking about how God’s holiness looks.”

“Jesus’ holiness was rooted in his understanding and his trust in the Scriptures, but not just the Scriptures—also his God.”

“It’s not enough for me to just read the Bible and think that makes me holy. I actually have to believe what it says and do what it does.”

“Knowing how the people think, anticipating objections that come from spending time with a certain demographic really, I think, helps to shape and frame how you communicate an idea.”

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Jessica is a content editor for ChurchLeaders.com and the producer of The Stetzer ChurchLeaders Podcast. She has always had a passion for the written word and has been writing professionally for the past five years. When Jessica isn't writing, she enjoys West Coast Swing dancing, reading, and spending time with her friends and family.