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The Teaching Holiness Page

In the Teaching Holiness page pastors and teachers of religion will find textual studies, definitions of holiness/sanctification, and other items to support the proclamation of this essential doctrine, the doctrine that extends over the entire lifetime and reaches into every area of life.


The Christian Life Page

The Christian Life page offers devotional and instructional items on the website’s listed topics for all Christians. The author’s aim is that it will be populated by all presently unpublished essays and notes of any length that are to be found in the website.


The Book

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Holiness: the Art of Letting Go is a collection of 23 easy-to-read essays that provides the answers to these questions and more:
  • What is holiness? Is it an event or a pattern of living? Or both?
  • Should holiness be important to me as a Christian?
  • How will being “holy” benefit me?
  • How will my holiness benefit Christ and others?
  • How is traveling along the Highway of Holiness related to being a partaker of the divine nature (2 Peter 1:4)?

Holiness (sanctification) is our Lord’s method of guiding us in our preparation for eternal life, so He encourages us strongly to give it our serious attention. In Hebrews 12:14 we read: “Pursue peace with everyone, and the holiness without which no one will see the Lord.”

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The Author


F. Donald Yost is a retired Seventh-day Adventist minister. He served the Church in full-time employment for 46 years as editor, teacher, writer, and as archivist and statistical specialist. He was a member of the General Conference Executive Committee, the world governing body, for 25 years. He earned a master of arts degree in journalism from the American University and a doctor of philosophy degree in communication–area of the press–from Syracuse University.

Although this website is a personal website and therefore is not sponsored nor supported by the Seventh-day Adventist Church, its owner writes in full harmony with its Fundamental Beliefs and its mission.

All items have been authored by Dr. Yost unless otherwise noted.


Scripture Quotations

All Scripture quotations are from the New Revised Standard Version unless otherwise noted.


Sola Scriptura
and Tota Scriptura

The Latin phrase sola scriptura (only the Scriptures) declares the doctrine born in the Protestant Reformation that the Bible and the Bible only is the authority for Christian doctrine. On undertaking the writing of Holiness: the Art of Letting Go, I chose to use the Bible only as my source for answering the question that plagued me: “Why are Christians called to be holy?” No works by non-Biblical writers contributed to my research. Other items in this website include concepts found in the works of other authors, yet the principle of sola scriptura prevails, that is, no source outside the Bible is authoritative.

A second Latin phrase that applies to this website is tota scriptura (all the Scriptures). In my study I attempted to find and evaluate every occurrence of selected key words as found in our current English translations of the Bible. Excepting the Apocrypha, no parts of the Bible were overlooked.


A Theology Note

In the field of systematic theology “holiness” and its twin “sanctification” are placed under the heading of “soteriology” (the doctrine of salvation).