“Not doing stuff” or “Doing stuff” – D.A. Carson

Some Saturday stream of consciousness thoughts:

In reading various blog posts and quotes from authors, I’m getting tired of hearing people talk about how we need to do stuff, not just learn stuff. Or how we need to learn stuff because we don’t know enough stuff before we can do stuff. If someone is regenerated and has God dwelling in them how could they not want to know God better and do the good works that He predestined us to do as part of living a holy life? Why emphasize one over the other?

I also see a general malaise in living holy lives. I’m afraid that our culture has influenced some of us to lower our standards.

Sometimes I’m saddened by what people say and do and are entertained by, but at the same time I have to look at my own life and some of the TV shows that I’m entertained by etc.

This all came up when I came across this quote by D.A. Carson today in some notes on a Q&A Session:

We haven’t concentrated on God and the gospel, that’s why we don’t have enough holiness. Everything is tied to that. Don’t think about it only in terms of ‘not doing stuff’ or ‘doing stuff’ and that reduces to moralism.

1 Peter 1:15-16
But now you must be holy in everything you do, just as God who chose you is holy. For the Scriptures say, “You must be holy because I am holy.”

Matthew 22:37
Jesus replied, ” ‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’ ”

Ephesians 2:10
For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago.

2 Responses to ““Not doing stuff” or “Doing stuff” – D.A. Carson”


  1. 1 Stan McCullars

    Jeff,You may want to check out an article by D.A. Carson titled The Biblical Gospel. It’s a good read and addresses your concern I believe.

  2. 2 Scripture Zealot

    Thanks. I saved it and will read it sometime.
    Jeff

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