There’s a great discussion starter over at the Village Green at Christianity Today:
Three representatives contribute their thoughts:
- Will Willimon gives a typically Methodist view, advocating for the holiness message and defending it by saying: “While we always need grace—grace defined by us Methodists as the gratuitous power of God to enable us to live transformed lives for God—Americans today are in desperate need of the disciplines of holiness.”
- Halee Gray Scott chimes in on behalf of grace: “The beginning and end of holiness is grace. It’s grace that cultivates our appetite for holiness and grace that moves us along, inch by inch, toward the kind of person God has called us to be.”
- Finally, Margaret Feinberg suggest what we really need is “Groliness,” a proper emphasis on both: “So are American Christians in need of a message of grace or a call to more holiness? What we need is a message of ‘groliness’—a rich, textured blend of both. Grace and holiness are best friends meant to walk hand in hand in our lives. Holiness reminds us of our need for grace. We will always fall short of the call to holiness without God’s free gift. Grace calls us to greater holiness and turns our eyes from self-righteousness to Jesus’ self-sacrifice.”
Go to the article and read their perspectives.
Then it’s your turn.