Sunday, February 21, 2010

Duty is only a substitute for love

This last few weeks I have been thinking much about the process of sanctification. I am OK with the fact that my salvation is nothing to do with me and everything to do with God. But my early church life and experience programmed me into a religion of duty.

People outside the church did not even refer to us a Christians or even followers of Jesus. They used the term: They are Good Living. This summed up what the church portrayed to those inside and outside the church that the christian life was all about morality.

About an imposed list of duties to perform that I have to summon up the will power to do. That's the definition of sanctification I am continually trying to ditch. I think I am free of it and it jumps up and bites me again and I join the roller coaster of good living and failure.

I loved this video from John Piper on the subject where he quotes C S Lewis saying: "The whole purpose of the gospel it to deliver us from morality."


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