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You and I can choose to continue with business as usual in the Christian life and in the church as a whole, enjoying success based on the standards defined by the culture around us. Or we can take an honest look at the Jesus of the Bible and dare to ask what the consequences might be if we really believed Him and really obeyed Him.

– David Platt

6 thoughts on “Quotes (817)

  1. And you know how much flack those of us receive from so called Christians when we tell each other to keep your focus on Christ and forget trying to achieve the “American dream”? They get positively defensive and down right argumentative with you as though you have insulted them personally.


  2. I agree with this quote in and of itself. But the really interesting thing about Platt’s “radical” experiment, is that it’s treated as if it were something bold and gutsy! And by Christians, no less. Small town pastors have been preaching against worldliness and materialism, and being whole-hearted servants of Christ, for centuries. That’s just basic, biblical Christianity. Now, suddenly, it’s the new fad. Yet we can expect to see a reaction to the materialistic excesses of Evangelicalism. Very reminiscent of the Catholic Francis of Assisi’s reactionary behavior against the excesses of his day. Or of monasticism as a movement.

    The fishy thing about this is, if Platt is truly serious about following Christ whole-heartedly as he preaches, why is he hob-knobbing with Emergents, and not rather openly rebuking them, as true sold-out followers of Jesus have rebuked false teachers for millennia? I mean, if you’re going to preach about following Jesus all the way, then follow Jesus all the way.

    Neither materialism and worldliness, nor asceticism, are the biblical patterns for us to follow. But history has shown that the pendulum swings between the two, and lemmings just follow the crowd. Look for an increasingly renewed interest in the ascetic way (now that old practice of contemplative prayer is also the new fad).

    In the meantime let the true followers of Jesus Christ steadfastly remain in the old path of faithful obedience to His word, bowing to Him daily as Lord.


  3. Amen, DavidW.

    An unbelieving man living in a cardboard box is as proud and haughty in his wretchedly sinful heart as a faithless king admiring his gold in his castle.

    By no means am I suggesting that Platt is pandering in the context from which this snippet was taken – because I don’t even know the context – however to your point false humility, and a tendency towards asceticism, is arguably a far deadlier poison within the walls of the professing visible church than overt pride and materialism.

    False humility is the product of gross hypocrisy – and it’s been well said that self-pity is the natural response of unapplauded pride.

    But when you give to the needy, do not let your left hand know what your right hand is doing, – Matt. 6:3

    In Him,


  4. Good points, CD. And I’m glad you understood what I was saying. And just to be sure there’s no misunderstanding to other readers, I was also not suggesting that Platt is advocating Asceticism. But the timing could not be more perfect for someone to come out with proclaiming the utter bankruptcy of conforming our mindset to the American dream. We can expect to see that reactionary mindset becoming more prevalent, emphasis on materialism to decline, and mysticism more sought after. And the “jesus” that people seek to follow, will be more mystically defined from the “inner light” of personal revelation, rather than the genuine Jesus found in His revealed word, the Bible.


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