Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her, so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word,
The Holiness Churches
The holiness movement emerged in the mid-1800s in the United States among Protestant churches and more specifically from the Methodist and Pentacostal churches. The movement grew more rapidly in the rural South and Midwest, where more conservative and traditional values were deeply rooted in the culture. A distinguishing characteristic of holiness churches in general are the rejection of many forms of popular entertainment including dancing and popular music, and also greater adherence to the avoidance of common cultural indulgences such as consuming alcohol and smoking of any sort. The core beliefs of Holiness churches include the existence and infinite power of the Godhead: the Father, Son, and the Holy Ghost; that the Bible, the Holy Scriptures, is the Word of God; that the carrying out the Great Commission should be the object of dedication for every believer in the Lord Jesus Christ. Christian Local has strived to include a large and comprehensive directory of churches and organizations that fall under the Holiness Church umbrella, including among others, the Church of the Nazarene and the Salvation Army.