Devotional "Holiness L"

S. Ray Granade, Ouachita Baptist University


I’ve never been particularly comfortable with the word holiness. Some discomfort originated in childhood, when holiness referred to a church at the edge of town; practices took place there which were alien to this Baptist preacher’s kid and to most of those I knew. Some discomfort originated nearer adulthood than childhood. Evergreen’s churches represented varieties of the same basic groups rather than a broad range of beliefs. The 1960 Presidential election put Catholicism on everyone’s horizon and “Holiness” became linked with another religious oddity as a title for the Pope.