"We will not be able to recover the vision and understanding of God's grandeur until we recover an understanding of ourselves as creatures who have been made to know such grandeur. This must begin with the recovery of the idea that as beings made in God's image, we are fundamentally moral beings, not consumers, that the satisfaction of our psychological needs pales in significance when compared with the enduring value of doing what is right. Religious consumers want to have a spirituality for the same reason that they want to drive a stylish and expensive auto. Costly obedience is as foreign to them in matters spiritual as self-denial is in matters material. In a culture filled with such people, restoring weight to God is going to involve much more than simply getting some doctrine straight; it's going to entail a complete reconstruction of the modern self-absorbed pastiche personality."

- David Wells
A Different Gospel ... Which Is Not Another

This is a good message, clocking in at less than three minutes. Posted here before, but worth another listen every year or so.

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Comments on "A Different Gospel ... Which Is Not Another":
1. NHE - 05/07/2014 7:07 am CDT

This should be shouted from every pulpit....it's the number one problem in American evangelicalism, IMO.

2. Tony - 05/07/2014 7:22 pm CDT

I must of missed it from you first posting - first time I've seen it. Not too many persons speaking with conviction nowadays. Looks like evangelical's are loosening up as well. Piper using the word 'crap' was a bit surprising to this 'old' person (I'm in my forties). But that is what the prosperity gospel is, crap.

3. Flyaway - 05/08/2014 12:36 pm CDT

I try to imagine what it would have been like for Paul when he was in prison and chained to Roman guards. That is when you would really know that God is sufficient. But I give God glory for our soft lifestyle here in the U.S. I'm praising God that I can enjoy the good things He showers on me every day--food, clothing, shelter, no war going on in my neighborhood. We can learn to be content no matter what our circumstances.

4. NHE - 05/08/2014 5:21 pm CDT

Tony, I'm in my 50's and I LOVE IT that Piper said "crap".

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