via Facebook: QUOTE OF THE DAY: “Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have not yet decided to follow Christ.” – Dallas Willard, The Spirit of the Disciplines.
Thanks to Ryan Sidhom for sharing.
The context: “For at least several decades,” Dallas writes, “the churches of the Western world have not made discipleship a condition of being a Christian. One is not required to be, or to intend to be, a disciple in order to become a Christian, and one may remain a Christian without any signs of progress toward or in discipleship. Contemporary American churches in particular do not require following Christ in his example, spirit, and teachings as a condition of membership–either of entering into or continuing in fellowship of a denomination or local church… So far as the visible Christian institutions of our day are concerned, discipleship clearly is optional… Most problems in contemporary churches can be explained by the fact that members have not yet decided to follow Christ.”
He continues, “The disciple is someone who, intent upon becoming Christlike and so dwelling in his ‘faith and practice,’ systematically and progressively rearranges his affairs to that end… There is no other way. In contrast, the nondisciple, whether inside or outside the church, has something more important to do or undertake than to become like Jesus Christ.”
To put it plain and simple, “We don’t overcome because we don’t intend to overcome,” he says.
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