Thanks to Jim from Old Truth for this quote. As he rightly observes, the post-modern church seems to miss this vital message. It leads to all kinds of weird and wonderful “theologies”, all of them designed to make man more important in his own salvation than he really is.
Man is the object of salvation, not the cause.
“Whatever religion or doctrine condones or makes allowances for sin is not of Christ. The Doctrine of Christ everywhere teaches self-denial and mortification of worldliness and sin. The whole stream of the gospel runs against those things. Scripture emphasizes the ‘holy’ and the ‘heavenly’ (not the sinful and the worldly). The true gospel has not even the slightest tendency to extol corrupt nature, or feed it’s pride by magnifying it’s freedom and power. And it rejects everything that undermines or obscures the merit of Christ, or tries to give any credit to man, in any way. And it certainly never makes the death of Christ a cloak to cover sin, but rather it always speaks of it as an instrument that destroys it!” –John Flavel, Puritan