January 5th, 2004


Get clean

What is scary about self-deception is that it can insulate us against Jesus Christ. When we are larded over with lies about our self-sufficiency…and denial and pride— when these things defend us and rescue us, and pump up our self-image whenever it loses pressure, then the thought that we need Jesus our Savior becomes impertinent. It is unnecessary. It is entirely uninteresting…

One of the strange facts of the universe is that God will never tolerate sin, but He will forgive it. And when we are forgiven, when God forgives and cleanses, it is as if our dark and moldy house has just had all its widows flung open to the cold June breeze. Corners are swept, old grease is scoured away, stairs and sashes are properly repaired. The terrible truth of self-deception is exposed to the Light of the World. And we begin to come clean in ways that are full of pain and full of wonder.

—Cornelius Plantinga, Jr., Not the Way It's Supposed to Be

“For My people have committed two evils:
They have forsaken Me,
The fountain of living waters,
To hew for themselves cisterns,
Broken cisterns
That can hold no water.”

— Jeremiah 2:13

More later, when and if I can muster it.
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