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A STUDY OF HOLINESS FROM THE EARLY CHURCH FATHERS

 

 

By J. B. Galloway

1950

 

Challenge to Holiness

 

 

The evidence is before you. Did the Early Church teach holiness? Is holiness a heritage of the whole Church? Every great crisis in Bible history was an effort on God’s part to bring the world back to holiness: every great revival of religion contributed something to holy living.

It was the message of holiness that the fire-baptized disciples preached. It was the baptism with the Holy Spirit that made the martyr-age of the Church so glorious. The places of martyrdom became such holy recruiting places where so many were converted to the hated faith that the Roman emperors were forced to forbid the public execution of the holy saints of God.

The young people of this generation have received from their fathers the clear, definite preaching of the doctrine of holiness. Will the children of the holiness movement be as faithful in giving this truth to the world and as consistent in living holy lives before all? They cannot afford to fail. Arise! On with the work of holiness until all have heard the message “Holiness unto the Lord.”

 

 

Table of Contents

 

 

Introduction

 

Chapter 1 The Apostolic Fathers

 

Chapter 2 Irenaeus and the Beginning of the Church

 

Chapter 3 Second Century Holiness Ideas

 

Chapter 4 Clement of Alexandria

 

Chapter 5 Tertullian, the Chief of the Latin Apologists

 

Chapter 6 In the Fires of Persecution

 

Chapter 7 Origen, the Father of Bible Interpretation

 

Chapter 8 Cyprian, the Bishop of Carthage

 

Chapter 9 The Church Emerging Triumphantly from Persecution

 

Chapter 10 The First Church Manuals and Liturgies

 

Chapter 11 Interesting Early Christian Literature

 

Chapter 12 The Closing of the Ante-Nicene Period

 

Chapter 13 Eusebius, the Father of Church History

 

Chapter 14 Holiness Through All Ages of the Church