Our love affairs with sin are not just a matter of morality, but of joy. Sanctification is not just about faithfulness to God, but about finding our deepest, most satisfying fulfillment in him.
We can be infinitely and enduringly more happy with Jesus than with anything or even everything in a world without him — even when that world is filled and overflowing with promotions and bonuses at work, on-demand television, all-you-can-eat sushi, grossly accessible pornography, always new and better technology, and countless other goods become gods.
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.
Piper: “The way to fight lust is to feed faith with the knowledge of an irresistibly glorious God.”
We are at war for our life and happiness. For believers, it’s a war that’s already been won. The enemies have been named and defeated, but they are still dangerous. The outcome is decided, but the war wages on, and the fighting is as fierce as ever. Jesus’s victory at the cross wasn’t meant to make us relax and put down our weapons. No, he died and rose to arm us with the invincible hope and power of his Spirit and promises. He went to Calvary so that we could kill our sin (Romans 8:13).
Killjoys: The Seven Deadly Sins is an arsenal of Christian Hedonism against sin’s deadly lies. It 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.
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