I want to see if there is not something said in the Bible about holiness of heart as definitely as we Salvationists say it, although in somewhat different phraseology. Now Zacharias was a good man; we read that he was “upright in the sight of God, observing all the Lord’s commandments… blamelessly” (Luke 1:6). Consequently, let us listen to what he has to say in his prophecy of Christ: “That we, being delivered out of the hands of our enemies, might serve Him without fear, in holiness… all the days of our life” (Luke 1:74 KJV). God grant that may be your experience.
It is a charge brought against us by some that we make a hobby of the subject of holiness—that, like Paganini with his violin, we are always fiddling on one string. If it were so, I suppose he could have replied, or somebody for him, that he was able to bring more music out of his one string than his rivals could bring out of their four. And if it is true that we are too frequently engaged on this one topic, I think there are a good many who can bear witness that there has been brought out of it some music wonderfully enthralling, which music has been made a wonderful blessing to them, and to many who are round about them. But I take exception to the correctness of this charge. I say, varying the figure, we are running our “Hallelujah Express” to Heaven not on one line, but on three.
The first line of these rails we call pardon, and I am sure we very often talk about that. The second we term purity—a clean heart, with a clean life. The third term is sacrifice, or the giving up of all that we possess to the service of our great Lord and Sovereign.
That is, first, saved from hell and having the consciousness of it with our feet consciously on the rock of salvation. Secondly, saved from inward as well as outward sin. Thirdly, having been saved from the penalty and power of inbred sin, being enabled by grace to devote all we possess to the great work of leading to the Savior those who are around us.
We read that Jesus Christ came that He might deliver us out of the hands of our enemies. Our iniquities are the enemies referred to here. The whole teaching of the Bible can be brought to show that spiritual deliverance is the work which Jesus undertook, and which He wants to accomplish for us.
William Booth, Salvation Soldiery