HOLINESS AND CULTURE:
REMAINING RELEVANT IN THE TWENTY-FIRST CENTURY
By: David K. Bernard
Most Christian movements have initially placed great emphasis on a lifestyle that is separate from the world, teaching that believers should manifest holiness in attitudes, conduct, speech, amusements, and dress. Practical teachings of this nature were prominent in ancient Christianity of the first three centuries, medieval revival movements, the Protestant Reformation, the Holiness movement, and the Pentecostal movement.
Today, however, Oneness Pentecostals, or Apostolics, are one of the few groups to maintain the importance of holiness in adornment, dress, and amusements. Other groups typically argue that these teachings are outmoded or must be modified greatly because of changes in culture. How relevant to the church today are biblical instructions? Should they be modified in light of cultural changes? Read More...
*Originally presented at the 2008 Annual Symposium
Urshan Graduate School of Theology