Thursday, April 2, 2009

D. A. Carson on holiness

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” - - D. A. Carson, For the Love of God

1 comment:

Brazen Hussey's said...

Amen! Gone, it seems, are the days when the prophets like Isaiah and Ezekiel and John the Baptiser would boldly claim: repent for the kingdom of God is here.

We have been saved for a purpose: and it wasn't to live our "best life now," nor to escape suffering.

We can only even begin to know Christ if we first behold and understand His glory. It is in that light that we see ourselves rightly, as Calvin says in Book 1, Chapter 1 of the Institues.