As we will see in the pages of this book, holiness in the Bible is both apart-ness and beauty. To be holy is to be happy. That is the very life of the Triune God, who is perfect in holiness and perfect in love. Because he is perfect in holiness and love he is perfectly blessed or happy. The purpose of this book is to provide the doctrinal structures for holiness, structures which are basic and urgently needed as we advance into the 21st century.
Western Europe, once the home of the Reformation and many powerful revivals, is now dominated by secularism and postmodernism. Television is the medium of postmodernism and viewers are unlikely ever to hear the word 'sin' or the word 'holy' in a biblical context. The word 'sin' is replaced by the word 'mistake'.
In terms of holiness every Christian is a professional. The whole of life is dedicated to the practice of holiness. No time and no area of life is omitted. The Holy Spirit does not live in us for some of the time, say Mondays, Wednesdays and Sundays and then absent himself on the other days. He is a constant, abiding, indwelling Spirit. The Holy Spirit who indwells us never takes days off or goes on holiday cruises.