Wednesday, October 17, 2012

The Gospel and Self-Deception

I read Matt Chandler's book, The Explicit Gospel, and now am using it in a Bible study.  This quote really stood out to me.  Read it soberly!
"Even works of righteousness, if not done through faith, are works of self-righteousness and therefor filthy rags.  Be very careful about going to church, reading your Bible, saying prayers, doing good deeds, and reading books like this through anything but faith in the living Lord.  Because the result of all that is belief in a phony Jesus and inoculation to the gospel.  You can end up knowing the jargon and playing pretend.  Be very careful.  Watch your life and your doctrine closely (1 Tim. 4:16).  Some of you are so good that you've deceived yourselves.  God help you" (page 85, emphasis mine).