Excerpt from the Foreword
Dr. O. Talmadge Spence was both a Christian scholar and gentleman during his lifetime ministry for his Lord. He concluded a prolific writing ministry with a two-volume work entitled The Human Spirit. In the months before his homegoing on July 17, 2000, the first volume was published. The second volume of The Human Spirit and his commentaries on the books of Revelation and Joshua /3rdparty/phpMyAdmin/ldi_check.php posthumous publications. These publications are distributed by Scripture Commentary Society, the society dedicated to the writings of the Founder of the Foundations Ministries.
A separate manuscript that has been awaiting publication is one that my father was preparing about three years before he passed away. It is a writing born out of his continued concern for the decline of spirituality within the Fundamentalist movement. He entitled it The Fundamentalist and the Holiness of God. In order to complete several other manuscripts before his death, he laid this manuscript aside. Although this work was intended to be a small publication from his pen, it was never completed. His last words in the booklet were on the theme of the mitre worn by the high priest. Even though possibly two or three pages would have been needed to resolve this booklet, I believe the manuscript is a worthy writing in its unfinished form. We have simply taken a portion of his preface to give a conclusion to the booklet.
In spite of its incompleteness, the subject is a most vital principle needed at this time in Fundamentalism. The absence of the message on “The Holiness of God” in the public preaching of recent years in Fundamentalism has brought a multitude of compromises in many areas of life. Where any vital truth of God’s Word is void in a life or movement, there will be clear evidences of its absence. Such evidences are now appearing in Fundamentalism.
May God the Holy Ghost richly bless this little booklet of a departed servant of God. May we not only acknowledge the Holiness of God in imputation but also experience the impartation of His holiness in our hearts and lives. There is never a problem with God’s holiness imputed; our standing before God is found in His Son. We are, however, in desperate need of experiencing His holiness in our hearts and lives on earth. Such a revival of Holiness is needed in the Fundamentalist movement today.
Dr. H. T. Spence
Excerpt from the Book
There is a total picture of holiness through the prisms of light granted to us through this revelation from God. And we are witnessing a fading of these facts in our time as cheap grace is preached and easy believism is proposed.
Yet, sanctification extends, through redemption, a separation from sin and apostasy; a cleansing and purifying; and an enablement, by the grace of God, that leads to consecration, that results in godliness, that matures in Christian character. This is what is implied in the separation from the world, the flesh, and the devil; this is what is meant by the fact that God’s people are different. This is what is meant by sanctification and holiness; this brings us to the total picture of such a truth.
Every garden that God provides has a tree of forbidden fruit. Every tabernacle that God erects has a pattern. Every river God extends has a reed. Every promised land God gives has a boundary. Every wall God puts up has a plumb line. Every kingdom God ordains has a rule and a ruler. And, every Christian born again by the grace of God is given a plot of spiritual ground in which he must reside. That ground is called “holy ground.” First, the command is “Come unto me” (Matthew 11:28a); second, the command is “Abide in me” (John 15:4); and finally, “Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” (Mark 16:15b). It is only as we live within the boundary, building according to the pattern, measuring with the reed, laying forth character with the plumb line, and obeying the rule and the Ruler of the Kingdom, can we ever hope to see God as we ought to see Him in the final day
Table of Contents
|Sanctification and Holiness|
|A Neglected Doctrine|
|The Source of Holiness|
|The Holy Temple|
|The Fundamentals in All the Compartments of Life|
|Holding the Fort, Heeding the Faith|
|The Complete Definition of Sanctification|
|The Total Holy Picture|
|The Distinctives of Sanctification|
|The Roman Catholic Error|
|The Fundamentalists Distinguished|
|The Book of Romans|
|Seven Steps to Sanctification|
|Separation: Ecclesiastical and Personal|
|The Nobility of Holiness|
|Sin and Defilement|
|The Mitre: "The Iniquity of the Holy Things"|