God’s Beauty Surpasses Streets of Gold

Paul Washer said, “I’m asked, ‘What topic should people study for a Ph.D?’  That’s simple: God’s beauty.”

He explained that he spent most of his years hunting squirrels in the woods, where he fell in love with the beauty of God’s creation.

“There is more for us than rules, ethics, and morality.  There is something out there calling: His beautiful face and joy unspeakable.

Every day in heaven will be a new revelation of His beauty so that the day before will pale by comparison.  His beauty is infinite.” 

Most Christians are consumed with the streets of gold and the gates of pearl.  “The appeal of those things will only last a few days. But His face is an attraction that will last for an eternity,” said Washer.

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Our Savior is not a little lamb, waiting to eat out of our hand

“I have had sinners tell me, ‘I will stand toe to toe with God in heaven.'” said Paul Washer with alarm.

He is convinced that most Christians have an overly pedestrian view of God, a too familiar view of Him.

“You will melt before him like a tiny figurine before a blast furnace,” warned Washer.  “Don’t think this Savior is just a little lamb, waiting to feed out of your hand.”

John Calvin wrote that even angels cannot endure His brightness.

Matthew Henry wrote that in the presence of God, angels take cover.  They cannot stand; they bow.  They are ashamed to show their faces before a holy God. 

“I want you to see something,” said Paul Washer.  “This is not only a description of His pre-incarnate glory of God, but this is a description of what awaits us.

“So many believers have this idea – maybe because of wrong preaching – that the first thing we will see is a scowl on His face. He did not die on Calvary so that the first thing you see in heaven is a scowl from Him.“

We will be struck by His holiness, by His beauty.

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God is Worthy of Our Fear

The Exaltation and Humiliation of Christ

Japanese cherish the cherry blossom; Christians should cherish Christ

The Japanese say that a cherry blossom is of such beauty that would not be a wasted life for a man to spend his entire life contemplating a single flower,” said Paul Washer.

“When we hear about the seraphim, we want to discover who they are. Those are the thoughts of the petty and the immature.

“We should fix our thoughts on one thing: Christ.  We should sit with an open Bible and declare, ‘I must have more.'”

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Washer: You cannot sin if you grasp God’s holiness

James Montgomery Boice says, “What Isaiah saw was the closest thing in all of Jewish writings to the living and holy God.  Then John takes the most exalted vision of God in the Old Testament and says it was a portrait of a carpenter who was about to be crucified.

“This is astounding!” declared Paul Washer. “That Someone like that would humble Himself to save someone like me is beyond overwhelming;  it’s mind-destroying!

“When you get your mind around this – God’s holiness – it just grabs you and carries you along. You cannot sin in light of this. You hate self and its exultation in light of this. Nothing, nothing but Christ.  And then you are on the Highway of Holiness.”

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Even the seraphim, the greatest beings, bow down to our holy God

“Great theologians and the prophets of the Bible are quick to explain that they did not see the essence of God, but pieces of His glory,” explained Paul Washer. John 1:18 says, ‘No one has ever seen God.’

John Calvin says that the prophets of old saw things associated with God: His throne and His robe.  What Isaiah saw was enough to make the seraphim – the greatest of all created beings – bow down to God.

“The tiny, miniscule, fraction of a vison of the glory of God that Isaiah glimpsed was enough to disintegrate the heart and the mind of any man,” said Washer.  “When the prophet Isaiah comes into the presence of God, he declares himself to be nothing.”

 “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.” (Isaiah 6:5)

You can watch the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness here in Asheville, North Carolina at http://ift.tt/1PZ74Yo; They will be archived for you to view at your leisure over the next 30 days.

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The cure to every malady: A greater vision of God

“When I am loveless, I need a greater vision of God,” declared Paul Washer.

“When the world pulls at me, and it does, I need a greater vision of God. For every malady, I find the cure is to find a greater vision of God.”

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To walk in truth is to walk on razor blade

Paul Washer said, “Sometimes I’m afraid to walk on the Highway of Holiness.  To walk in the truth, is to walk on a razor blade.  Antinomianism on one side, legalism on the other side. Taking away what God has said or adding to what God has said.

“The only solution is to keep my eyes fixed on Christ. When I follow Christ, I see a holiness as he walks toward Jerusalem.  I see only in Him the perfect example that holiness is manifested in love toward God. And love toward everyone else. He is not only holy in His justice, but He is holy in His mercy and grace.

“I want to be holy.  I know the motivation for holiness. It is Christ.  The goal of all holiness is Christ.”

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Paul Washer: Doctrine of Demons vs. Gospel of Christ

Paul Washer addressed the seemingly anti-climactic statement of Paul in 1 Timothy 4:1-3 about what would be considered a doctrine of demons.  Paul is setting the stage for something dramatic. The lead-up would suggest that Paul was about to reveal who the anti-Christ is.

“Now the Spirit speaks expressly, that in the latter times some shall depart from the faith, giving heed to seducing spirits, and doctrines of devils; speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron; forbidding to marry, and commanding to abstain from meats, which God has created to be received with thanksgiving of them who believe and know the truth.”

“What is Paul saying here?” asked Washer.  “Anything in your life, anything in your church, anything in your preaching, anything in your thought life that takes pre-eminence over Jesus Christ is a ‘doctrine of demons.’

“Teaching on marriage when it becomes the core of your church.  Teaching on the proper size of a family, debating courtship vs. dating, homeschooling, measuring the length of the dresses of the young ladies, asking about whether a fellow church goer has a TV in their home. These things become a ‘doctrine of demons’ when you talk about them more than the Gospel of Jesus Christ.”

You can view all of the keynote sessions of the Highway of Holiness Conference here in Asheville, North Carolina live at http://ift.tt/1NdgNcN; Plus, the archived video sessions will be kept on-line for 30 days after the conference concludes for later viewing.

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Jonathan Edwards: The Beauty of Holiness

“And so it is in God, according to our way of conceiving of the Divine Being: holiness is in a peculiar manner the beauty of the Divine nature. Hence we often read of the beauty of holiness,” wrote Jonathan Edwards, the revivalist who lived in the 1700’s.  Perhaps Edwards is best known for delivering his sermon entitled, “Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God.” 

One such example from Scripture is found in Psalm 29:2: “Ascribe to the Lord the glory due his name; worship the Lord in the splendor of his holiness.”

You can watch all the keynote sessions live of the Highway of Holiness conference at www.ncfic.org/live

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Holiness is Not Like Any Other Doctrine

“Holiness is not like any other doctrine,” explained Scott Brown, the President of NCFIC, here at the Ridgecrest Conference Center in Asheville, North Carolina.

“It’s not a separate thing. It’s not like the doctrine of the perseverance of the saints or heaven or hell.” 

“God’s holiness is found in everything. It is the irreducible principle.  It’s higher, deeper, and wider than all the doctrines.  Isolating the doctrine of holiness is impossible.”

Scott was reminded of the words of the hymnwriter, Frederick Lehman, dating back to 1917: “The love of God is greater far, than tongue or pen can ever tell.”

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Salvation’s Whole Design is Holiness

Hebrews 12:14 declares, “Make every effort to live in peace with everyone and to be holy; without holiness no one will see the Lord.” 

Scott Brown urged the attendees of The Highway of Holiness conference that, “We must purse holiness.  Salvation’s whole design is holiness. People today try to separate justification and sanctification.” 

“The entire objective of salvation is to undo the ‘unholiness’ of our lives referenced in 1 John 3:8-11,” said Scott. “The Word becoming flesh was to rectify this problem of ours, to crucify the works of darkness.  He is destroying the works of the Devil.”

1 John 3:8-11 says, “The one who does what is sinful is of the devil, because the devil has been sinning from the beginning. The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil’s work. No one who is born of God will continue to sin, because God’s seed remains in them; they cannot go on sinning, because they have been born of God.  This is how we know who the children of God are and who the children of the devil are: Anyone who does not do what is right is not God’s child, nor is anyone who does not love their brother and sister.”

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Like Sand Fleas Describing the Himalyan Mountains

Scott Brown kicked off the Highway of Holiness conference here in Asheville, North Carolina with this fascinating picture: “We are like sand fleas on the beach, trying to describe the Himalayan Mountains as we try to describe God’s holiness.”

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Highway of Holiness Live Streaming

Can’t Make It to This Year’s Conference?

Join us live online for free by visiting the Highway of Holiness Live Stream Page! Each of our main sessions will be broadcast live and recorded for future playback. By registering for the live feed, you will also gain access to the saved videos which will be made available for 30 days following the conference.

Streaming Schedule

Listed below are the messages which will be broadcast live during the conference:

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