“The quality of our lives is not necessary to make the Word of God true or endue it with spiritual power–the Word is inherently true and powerful–but by our lives we can either add static or provide clear channels to the Bible’s instruction. We should not let present, legitimate demands for authenticity and transparency convince us that Christ’s call to godliness is old-fashioned or ineffective. . . .
Piety is not passe. While no one wants sanctimonious religiosity, God’s people need to know the gospel is real and frees us from our sin.”
Bryan Chapell – ‘A Pastoral Theology of the Glory of God,’ p. 200
(HT: Dane Ortlund)