I just received an advance copy of Kevin DeYoung’s newest book, The Hole in Our Holiness: Filling the Gap Between Gospel Passion and the Pursuit of Godliness, due out any day.
I’m really excited about this book, as it is a very timely and relevant treatment of an often overlooked but vitally important aspect of the Christian life. As with other DeYoung books, I expect it to be encouraging, challenging, pastoral, and well written. I know I will benefit greatly from it. Here’s an excerpt on the misguided tendency for Christians (Reformed ones especially) to downplay our works as filthy rags (full, lengthy excerpt here):
Why do we imagine God to be so unmoved by our heart-felt attempts at obedience? He is, after all, our heavenly Father. What sort of father looks at his daughter’s homemade birthday card and complains that the color scheme is all wrong? What kind of mother says to her son, after he gladly cleaned the garage but put the paint cans on the wrong shelf, “This is worthless in my sight”? What sort of parent rolls his eyes when his child falls off the bike on the first try? There is no righteousness that makes us right with God except for the righteousness of Christ. But for those who have been made right with God by grace alone through faith alone and therefore have been adopted into God’s family, many of our righteous deeds are not only not filthy in God’s eyes, they are exceedingly sweet, precious, and pleasing to him.