The Seven Deadly Sins
Relentless romance. Fierce warfare. Superior pleasure.
Our hearts were designed to enjoy a full and forever happiness, not the pitiful temporary pleasures for which we’re too prone to settle. Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are woefully inadequate substitutes for the wonder, beauty, and affection of God. They will rob you, not ravish you. They will numb you, not heal you. They will slaughter you, not save you.
Killjoys was written to lead you deeper in love with our God and further into war against your sin. The truths, warnings, and promises in these pages are meant to chart a life-giving path to greater holiness and greater joy.
“Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust are all woefully inadequate substitutes for the wonder, beauty, and affection of God.”
One reason lust reigns in so many is that Christ has so little appeal. We default to deceit because we have little delight in Christ. You were created to treasure Christ with all your heart — more than you treasure sex or sugar or sports or shopping. If you have little taste for Jesus, competing pleasures will triumph. Enjoy a superior satisfaction. Cultivate capacities for pleasure in Christ. (p. 96)
—John Piper, Desiring God
The common denominator in all species of pride is self-preoccupation. Pride wants to be the center of attention: for good or for bad. Pride’s fixation with self can only be countered with humility’s forgetfulness of self. Humility is the true photo-negative of pride. (p. 11)
—Jason Meyer, Bethlehem Baptist Church