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June 8, 2013

No “do more, try harder” Performancism

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More favorites from Chapter 7 of Jesus + Nothing = Everything by Tullian Tchividjian

“C. S. Lewis observed that what most distinguishes the gospel from legalism is that legalism says God will love us if we are good, while the gospel tells us God will make us good because he loves us.”

Michael Horton pinpoints as “the default setting of the human heart: the religion of self-salvation.”

Michael Horton says. “The gospel is so counterintuitive to our fallen pride that it cannot be believed apart from a miracle of divine grace.”

“the antidote to lawlessness isn’t more rules but a deeper grasp of God’s grace.”

“Paul asks. “Having begun by the Spirit, are you now being perfected by the flesh?” “Stand firm therefore, and do not submit again to a yoke of slavery” (5:1). And in what may be the hardest hitting lines of the letter, he pronounces the upshot of their tragic love affair with legalism: “You are severed from Christ . . . ; you have fallen away from grace” (v. 4). Isn’t it interesting that in this verse Paul describes falling from grace not in terms of immorality or godless living but as legalism—a “do more, try harder” performancism”

“He urgently wants them to see that we’re justified by grace alone, we’re sanctified by grace alone, and we’re glorified by grace alone.”

“the only thing you contribute to your salvation and to your sanctification is the sin that makes them necessary.”

“When we transfer trust from our success to Christ’s success for us, we experience the abundant freedoms that come from not having to measure up.”


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