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Three Dollars Worth of Gospel

One of the blogs I read regularly and have as a part of my blog list to the left is The Irish Calvinist, Erik Raymond.  Erik posted a quote in this post from a book by D.A. Carson today that I wanted to share with you.  I have posted the quote below:

I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please. Not too much—just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted. I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust. I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture. I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation. I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races—especially if they smell. I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged. I would like about three dollars worth of gospel please.” (D.A. Carson, Basics for Believers, an exposition of Philippians), pp.12-13.

Here in the heart of the bible belt, I believe this is the most common approach to the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Give me enough so that I don't have to worry about God being mad at me, enough that I don't have to worry about hell, enough so that I can pray when I need help from God......but I don't want to actually conform myself to the gospel.

In the end, there may be a great number of "Christians" who discover, too late, that $3.00 worth of gospel isn't enough to save them.

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