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1Jan/094

Good Thoughts for this New Year

“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith or delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; toward disobedience and call it freedom; toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the non-discipline 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, Volume Two (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 1999), 23.

(thanks to Nate Hoeldtke for forwarding this via email)

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  1. Good thought. Thanks for sharing.

  2. Excellent post. I love it and will read and re-read it.

  3. Any idea what Carson Book or article this came from?

  4. Erik,
    don’t have the book, but I found this reference to it on another website:

    D. A. Carson, For the Love of God, Volume Two (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway, 1999), 23.

    I updated the post with the reference too.


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