A Mind So Hostile To God’s Authority

The natural person, the person defined by flesh, but not yet changed by Christ, is so hostile in mind to God’s glorious authority (not submitting to his law) that he cannot delight in God or rejoice in his ways.  He can do many things religious and moral things, but his heart is far from God (Matthew 15:8), and he cannot make himself stop seeing the greatness and authority of God as undesirable.

– Piper, John; When I Don’t Desire God: How to Fight for Joy; copyright 2004; Crossway Books; Wheaton, Il.; p. 49