Three dollars worth of gospel

I was reading this evening from Mark Dever’s book The Gospel & Personal Evangelism and I remembered this paragraph from Don Carson’s exposition of Philippians called Basics for Believers.  It’s classic, timeless, and oh-so-telling of what many today want from Christianity.  Can anyone else relate to ever feeling like this?

I would like to buy about three dollars worth of gospel, please.  Not too much – just enough to make me happy, but not so much that I get addicted.  I don’t want so much gospel that I learn to really hate covetousness and lust.  I certainly don’t want so much that I start to love my enemies, cherish self-denial, and contemplate missionary service in some alien culture.  I want ecstasy, not repentance; I want transcendence, not transformation.  I would like to be cherished by some nice, forgiving, broad-minded people, but I myself don’t want to love those from different races – especially if they smell.  I would like enough gospel to make my family secure and my children well behaved, but not so much that I find my ambitions redirected or my giving too greatly enlarged.  I would like about three dollars worth of gospel, please.

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