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By Harry A. Ironside
In this book, Ironside gives us a two-fold treasure: First, he describes in detail the first six years of his Christian life in bondage, followed by disillusionments, and then the glorious freedom and life of grace that follows. Second, Holiness: The False & the True provides valuable insight based on Scripture on holiness, sanctification, and how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
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For the first six years of Harry Ironside’s Christian life, he was involved with a group that taught that sinless perfection could be obtained by the believer with an experience called the “second blessing.” Ironside believed that if he strove hard enough, zealously resisted temptations, and used a variety of methods taught him by the group, he could reach this state of perfection.
During this time period, Ironside became aware that many who were on the same path to perfect holiness fell into despair and even mental breakdown, and he himself finally became tormented that he had perhaps lost his salvation and was doomed to be eternally lost because he failed to reach this level of perfect holiness.
Finally, young Ironside came to the realization that he had become wholly dependent upon himself rather than on Christ. He saw that he “had been looking within for holiness instead of without.”
In this book, Ironside gives us a two-fold treasure: First, he describes in detail the six years of bondage, followed by disillusionments, and then the glorious freedom and life of grace that follows. Second, Holiness: The False & the True provides valuable insight based on Scripture on holiness, sanctification, and how to live a life that is pleasing to the Lord.
Part 1: Autobiographical
Ironside: It is my desire, in dependence on the Lord, to write a faithful record, so far as memory now serves me, of some of God’s dealings with my soul and my strivings after the experience of holiness, during the first six years of my Christian life, ere I knew the blessedness of finding all in Christ. This will make it necessary at times, I have little doubt, to “speak as a fool”—even as the apostle Paul did: but as I reflect on the need for such a record, I think I can say with him, “Ye have compelled me.”
If I may be privileged to thereby save others from the unhappy experiences I passed through in those early years, I shall feel abundantly repaid for the effort it will take to thus put these heart-experiences before my readers.
Part 2: Doctrinal
I grew up in a church that preached sanctification as a second work of grace. Just like Harry Ironside, I could never achieve the holiness that I was taught would get me to heaven. I cried out to the Lord over and over but “sanctification” never came. I became so discouraged that I walked away from the Lord. Unlike others that completely walked away I never wanted the Lord Jesus to leave me. Even in my sin there was such comfort that the Bible said He would never leave me nor forsake me. After many years of struggling, I found a church that teaches the truth of the Word of God. Now I know for the first time in my life that nothing can take me out of God’s hand and that sanctification is a lifetime process of making us fit for heaven as we yield to His will. While reading the first three chapters, I felt all the emotions again of my training, just as explained by the writer, but rejoiced as the truth of the remainder of the book filled me with such peace and joy.
Thank you so much for publishing this book! Linda Farley
Dr. Ironside made the wonderful gift of salvation and our new standing before God in Christ so clear and easy to understand! Love this book!!!
I loved this book. Harry Ironside's sound theology, humility and gentle way made me feel like I had a trusted pastor right here and now to learn from. I thank God for Lighthouse Trails and their consistently biblical publications. I honestly don't know what I would read without them!
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