“Preachers these days are expected to major in “Christian moral renovation.” They are expected to provide a practical to-do list, rather than announce, ‘It is finished.’ They are expected to do something other than, more than, placarding before their congregation’s eyes Christ’s finished work, preaching a full absolution solely on the basis of the complete righteousness of Another. The irony is, of course, that when preachers cave in to this pressure, moral renovation does not happen. The focus on how I’m doing, more than on what Christ has done, is Christian narcissism–the poison of self-absorption which undermines the power of the gospel in our lives…
“[True] moral renovation… is to refocus our eyes away from ourselves to that Man’s obedience, to that Man’s cross, to that Man’s blood–to that Man’s death and resurrection!
“Learning daily to love this glorious exchange, to lean on its finishedness, and live under its banner is what it means to be morally reformed.”
Tullian Tchividjian “Jesus+Nothing=Everything“