Quotes of the Day: Moralism

To expect Christian conduct from a person who is not born again is rank heresy.

–D. Martin Lloyd-Jones

Moralism is rampant among evangelicals including many of my Reformed brothers and sisters. We need laws to keep people in line and protect people (including the unborn). But to expect people without the Holy Spirit to act like they do is ridiculous; and to expect politics, the media and boycotts to be the or our biblical mandate is wrong headed.

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One of the most seductive false gospels is moralism. This false gospel can take many forms and can emerge from any number of political and cultural impulses. Nevertheless, the basic structure of moralism comes down to this — the belief that the Gospel can be reduced to improvements in behavior.

AlbertMohler.com – Why Moralism Is Not the Gospel — And Why So Many Christians Think It Is

For many in Christian profession today, in politics, in media, lobbying, public intimidation have become the means. Pouring millions of dollars into elections, media events, an almost endless list of political pressure groups, the effort is being made to superficially sanitize America. But the question has to be asked…is this the solution? Is this the Christian mandate?

The Deadly Dangers of Moralism by John MacArthur

A common religion of our time is one of moralism, and many evangelicals tend to moralism without even realizing they are. Moralism seeks to achieve perfection through behavior modification. It often accompanies the religion of “family values” that we hear about each day on the radio. This kind of religion risks self-righteously looking down on unbelievers by putting our supposed morality in a comparison with theirs. It is as if we believe our entrance into Christianity is by grace but that our lives in Christ are due to our maintained by some kind of moralism. Those who believe this fall into the trap of (at least subconsciously) believing that is not grace alone that make us to differ with others. But we must always remember that God’s commands to us to be holy and love our neighbor etc. are not there to show our ability, but to reveal our inability (Rom 3:19, 20).

Reformation Theology: Christ vs. Moralism by John W. Hendryx

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