Quotes (832)

So what is the difference between someone who willfully indulges in sexual pleasures while ignoring the Bible on moral purity and someone who willfully indulges in the selfish pursuit of more and more material possessions while ignoring the Bible on caring for the poor? The difference is that one involves a social taboo in the church and the other involves the social norm in the church.

– David Platt

4 thoughts on “Quotes (832)

  1. Sad epitaph for churches when sin has become no longer sin, but “social taboo”, and where societal ethics have replaced the Bible as the standard of orthopraxy.


  2. Quick question… I have not read Platt’s book “Radical” but I have heard good things (that it was bold and challenging) and bad things (that it came very close to preaching works as gospel). Has anyone here read his book or become otherwise familiar with his work? I would love to hear a reformed take on it.


  3. I have just completed the book and planned on posting a review real soon.

    Suffice to say he does not / is not advocating a works righteousness gospel (he clarifies this in the book because that kind of response is usually inevitable). He even makes it clear in the book that salvation is in Christ alone, in addition to making it clear that the world’s greatest need is eternal (Christ) above that of temporal (food, clothing, etc.).

    The “he’s preaching works” claim is also wrongly applied to men such as Paul Washer and more often than not is just a way of dismissing the message that the mile-wide, inch-deep church doesn’t want to hear because it’s uncomfortable to their fat, bloated, lukewarm ears. In this day and age James would be labeled the same. And anyone who dares to suggest Christians aren’t supposed to live like the world with a life of ease and comfort, and that their faith should bear the fruit of good works, is often accused of this. It’s a shame.

    All in all, I highly recommend the book. Will you or I agree with every word that he wrote? No. But do we agree with every word that any man teaches?

    I just purchased six more copies of this book and will be giving them away free to those I know that can use this “bold and challenging” call to wake up and “take our faith back from the American dream.”


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