Friday, August 10, 2007

Quote of the Week

"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 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, vol. 2

6 comments:

Morning Rose said...

Excellent quote! We listened to a number of sermons on CD during our vacation, with topics including "Is Holiness an Option?" and "Truly Saved or Deceived?" They were thought-provoking and convicting, as we seek to live a life of holiness for the Lord.

m b redmond said...

OK, so I have no idea how I got to your blog a few months ago. But I really enjoy it. I will be very curious to find out what you think about the book on New Covenant Theology. I am a PCA student pastor who has been studying baptism and a little NCT.

Anyway, i thought you might enjoy knowing a PCA youth pastor in the Mississippi Delta has your blog in his favorites.

Donette said...

Thanks for commenting, mb. I will have to write a review of the book, we are studying it in our small group. Our pastor has adopted NCT (we are a baptist church) and started teaching it to us a few years ago. In the past 12 months we have really been studying it more intensely. I'm curious what you think about it, since it differs in a lot of areas with Covenant theology. If you want to know more about the author and NCT, visit their website-
IDS.org

I have to admit, I know the author personally, but hopefully that won't affect my review!:)

Gretchen said...

Whew! Challenging!

m b redmond said...

The one thing I appreciate about the NCT guys are their commitment to a hermenuetic of what is there in the text. A lot of things I am questioning in my denomination's commitment to covenant theology seem to be answered very convincingly by the NCT theologians and some who are close to them like Carson, Moo and Schreiner. For instance, my presbytery will not ordain me b/c of my view on the Sabbath which I have found is very similar to theirs. Also, if you have not read it, the Wells. Zaspel book is very good. Is your husband a student a Southern? I ask, b/c I am curious as to how the NCT stuff is received there.

Donette said...

No, my hubby isn't a student. I don't know how NCT is received there, either. I understand what you appreciate about thier hermeneutic, also. I have found Steve and Geoff (the other IDS guy) to be very open to reading a text and truly discussing it and willing to change positions if necessary!
I haven't read the Wells, Zaspel book, but might get around to it. I feel like I have a good foundation to what NCT teaches from Steve's book and our pastor