Call It What It Really Is!

This post by Josh Etter on the Desiring God blog was outrageously poignant:

Hard work is not the opposite of grace, it is the result of experiencing grace.

D. A. Carson explains:

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.


One thought on “Call It What It Really Is!

  1. Bill Dandreano says:

    I love how he lays that out. When we are not thriving in the grace of God, we are thriving in our self importance. The cool thing was, D.A. Carson pulled together the fact that we are off the mark with the fact that we don’t think we are. That is the issue. If we knew we were off the mark, it would lead to repentance. We slide into various calamaties of self importance and think it is godly. Well done D.A….well done.


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