Clowney, “Gospel holiness” and being virtuous are not the same thing

The quest for gospel holiness cannot mean acquiring confident expertise in the practice of the virtues… The life of holiness is the life of faith in which the believer, with a deepening knowledge of his own sin and helplessness apart from Christ, increasingly casts himself upon the Lord, and seeks the power of the Spirit and the wisdom and comfort of the Bible to battle against the world, the flesh and the devil… Maturing in holiness means maturing in love, love that knows God’s love poured out in our hearts, and answers with love that tastes the goodness of the Lord.

Ed Clowney, The Church, p. 88-89

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