Law trumps moralism

Fellow Hoosier United Methodist Adam Roe wrote an extensive and interesting comment on a recent post that featured John Piper and Tim Keller — two noted Calvinists — talking about sanctification.

The whole comment is here and worth reading. Here is part that I thought really hit home.

Our problem is that we do not allow the weight of Wesley’s theology to work itself out in our churches, so we create moralities that we perceive to be more easily accomplished and acceptable to our neighbors. Everyone likes a neighbor who participates in flood relief. Few people “like” a pastor who preaches strongly on the corruption of the human heart and the futility of good works as a means of self-justification. If we would just let our theology of the law play out, though, we would realize we don’t need moralisms because the law is a great equalizer. It accuses all of us all the time, and bids us to turn our attentions back to our sole hope and salvation…Jesus. When we are thusly humbled and rightly oriented, we are then prepared to truly serve our neighbors for Christ.


2 thoughts on “Law trumps moralism

  1. Calvinism does do a good job of naming the problem of self-justification. Its blind spot seems to be the way that ideological correctness can easily substitute for good works as a source of self-justification. The more that someone is truly humbled by God’s mercy, the less they will need to be conspicuously humble and exhibitionistly zealous about God’s wrath.

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