Warfield on “Miserable Sinner Christianity”

“Miserable Sinner Christianity”?!? Is that even a good title, Mr. B.B. Warfield? Apparently so, and Justin Taylor gives Warfield’s summary, where he answers, “What is the attitude of the Christian?”:

It is an attitude of exultant joy.

Only this joy has its ground not in ourselves but in our Savior.

We are sinners and we know ourselves to be sinners, lost and helpless in ourselves.

But we are saved sinners; and it is our salvation which gives the tone to our life, a tone of joy which swells in exact proportion to the sense we have of our ill-desert; for it is he to whom much is forgiven who loves much, and who, loving, rejoices much.

Sounds a lot like John the Baptist, in John 3:30, where he says, “He [Christ] must increase, but I must decrease.”

Why is it that so many churches and Christians have lost this, indeed, gotten it backwards? We think that we must increase and then He will increase, but it is exactly the opposite!


About B Treece
loved by God before I ever loved Him, saved by grace alone through faith alone in Christ alone by the authority of the Bible alone to the glory of God alone, made to enjoy Him forever, happily married with wonder-filled children.

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