D. A. Carson on the Importance of the Gospel for Discipleship

Today I read some great words by D. A. Carson.  In For the Fame of God’s Name, he contributed a chapter called “What is the Gospel?–Revisited,” and the following statements concern the believer’s need for the gospel:

“…if the gospel becomes that by which we slip into the kingdom, but all the business of transformation turns on postgospel disciplines and strategies, then we shall constantly be directing the attention of people away from the gospel, away from the cross and resurrection.  Soon the gospel will be something that we quietly assume is necessary for salvation, but not what we are excited about, not what we are preaching, not the power of God….Wherever contemporary pursuit of spirituality becomes similarly distanced from the gospel, it is taking a dangerous turn” (p. 165).

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