Holiness in God through Jesus Christ is one of the main doctrines of the Church of God in Christ. Holiness itself is the state of being holy or sacred. Holiness is being clean or pure, to be holy is to be like God. The COGIC doctrine of holiness is based off of the scripture 1 Peter 1:15-16: "But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy. " The doctrine of holiness is also based off the beliefs of the Holiness Movement.
Holiness As A Doctrine (according to the beliefs of the Holiness Movement)Edit
The key beliefs of the holiness movement are regeneration by grace through faith, with the assurance of salvation by the witness of the Holy Spirit ; entire sanctification as a second definite work of grace, received by faith, through grace, and accomplished by the baptism and power of the Holy Spirit, by which one is enabled to live a holy life. n the context of the holiness movement, the first work of grace is salvation from sin. Adherents believe that without it, no amount of human effort can achieve holiness. The movement's teaching on salvation is conventionally Protestant - God's people are saved by grace alone, through faith alone in Jesus Christ who made atonement for human sins. The COGIC Affirmation of Faith says "...We believe in the sanctifying power of the Holy Spirit, by whose indwelling, the Christian is enabled to live a Holy and separated life in this present world." According to Bishop Ted Thomas, Sr., one of the General Board members of the church, this means that "...through the Holy Spirit, with His help, Christians can live completely holy lives and if they do sin, they can obtain forgiveness from God through Jesus Christ, and still not be conformed to the sins of the world."