|Van Noort on Ecclesiastical Holiness
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The holiness of the Church:
http://www.strobertbellarmine.net/van_n ... iness.html
Readers might note this doctrinal point, which is incompatible with any realistic assessment of the Novus Ordo sect:
Assertion 1. A harvest of even outstanding holiness can never be wanting in the Church.
1. From Christ's purpose in founding the Church and the aid He promised. He founded the Church that it might lead men to even perfect holiness; besides, He promised it effective and perpetual help (Matt. 28:20) for the attainment of this purpose. Therefore the Church can no more fail in producing holiness than it can in preaching truth.
2. From the fact that the Apostle calls the Church the body of Christ, which Christ nourishes and cherishes (Eph. 5:23, 29). But if the Church is always animated and made fruitful by the Spirit of Christ, it must at all times produce a harvest of holiness which will be proportionate to such a Spirit; this must include even perfect holiness.
3. From the fact that Christ wanted His Church to be recognizable by its abundant holiness:
“You are the light of the world. It is impossible for a city to escape notice when built on a mountain top. . . . Just so let your light shine before your fellow men, that they may see your good example and praise your Father who is in heaven” (Matt. 5:14-16; see 7:16-17).
This demands that the Church be resplendent with holiness, even outstanding and striking holiness.
4. From the Old Testament prophecies, which describe the Church as a kingdom of surpassing holiness: Justice shall flower in his days, and profound peace (Ps. 71:7). And they shall call them, the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord (Isai. 62:12). And the nations shall know that I am the Lord the sanctifier of Israel, when my sanctuary shall he built in the midst of them forever (Ezech. 37:28).
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