Iniquity Hath Abounded and Their Love Hath Waxed Cold

Is their zeal for God as warm, living, vigorous, effectual, solicitous, as it was in their first giving themselves unto God? or rather, is there not a common, slight, selfish frame of spirit in the room of it come upon most professors?  Iniquity hath abounded, and their love hath waxed cold.

– Owens, John; Indwelling Sin in Believers; GLH Publishing; Louisville, KY; Edited in 1851; Page 163

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This Requires the Gospel to be Explored at Every Opportunity and in Regular, Systematic Ways

Religion, as the default mode of our thinking and practices, is based upon performance: “I obey; therefore, I am accepted by God.”  The basic operating principle of the gospel however, is not surprisingly, an about-face, one of the unmerited acceptance: “I am accepted by God through Christ: therefore I obey.”  To truly understand this paradigm shift at a life-altering level requires that the gospel be explored and “looked into” at every opportunity and in regular systematic ways.

– Tim Keller, in the forward to Gospel: Recovering the Power that Made Christianity Revolutionary; B&H Publishing Group; Nashville, TN; Copyright 2011; Kindle Edition; location 138