Why Does Holiness Matter?

From the vault: J. D. Walt interviews Dr. John Oswalt on why holiness matters.

He contends that holiness is not an aspect of the Christian faith nor even just a quality of God. Rather, it is essential to his nature and must become essential to ours.


Dr. John Oswalt is Visiting Distinguished Professor of Old Testament at Asbury Theological Seminary. His expertise is in Old Testament studies, Hebrew language, and Hebrew religion. His writings have appeared in Bible encyclopedias, scholarly journals and popular religious periodicals, and is a leading scholar on the book of Isaiah. He is married to the former Karen Kennedy, and they have three children and two grandchildren.