“Not a Self-Help Religion”

We Need a Savior Every Moment of Every Day

And she will have a son, and you are to name him Jesus, for he will save his people from their sins.”

Matt 1:21 (NLT)

We psychologize our troubles when what need is the Cross: the brokenness, forgiveness, healing and joy of our Savior’s blood-bought transformation.

It’s no wonder that self-help books top the charts in Christian publishing and that counseling offices are overwhelmed. Our pride and our neglect of the gospel force us to run from seminar to seminar, book to book, counselor to counselor, always seeking but never finding some secret to holy living.

Most of us have never really understood that Christianity is not a self-help religion meant to enable moral people to become more moral. We don’t need a self-help book; we need a Savior. We don’t need to get our collective act together; we need death and resurrection and the life-transforming truths of the gospel. And we don’t need them just once, at the beginning of our Christian life; we need them every moment of every day.

Elyse Fitzpatrick and Dennis Johnson, Counsel from the Cross (Wheaton, Ill.: Crossway Books, 2009), 30.

HT: Of First Importance

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