Gene Veith is one of my favorite writers. He is a Lutheran who writes a lot about Christian worldview and contemporary social issues. Today, he addresses a recent question apparently posed by Christianity Today about whether Americans need the message of grace or a call to holiness. His thoughts are worth considering.
He writes,"...it is strange, in Lutheran eyes, to talk about 'holiness' simply in behavioral
terms. It is also strange to talk about 'grace' as an abstract quality
without mentioning Christ, the Cross, or the tangible 'means of grace,'
which gets us back to 'holiness.'
"Good works? Of course! But
these grow out of both grace and holiness. Both have to do with God’s
gifts and what God bestows through Christ. How can they be set against