Donald Whitney on 2 Corinthians 11:3 “The Simplicity and Purity of Devotion to Christ”

Thought I would pass this along in light of yesterday afternoon’s sermon from 2 Corinthians 11:3.  In it, Donald Whitney describes what we can do when we feel “boxed in spiritually.”  Here is a sample, but I would encourage you to read the whole article.

If you feel boxed-in spiritually, perhaps it’s because you’ve experienced what the Apostle Paul feared for the souls of some: “But I am afraid that, as the serpent deceived Eve by his craftiness, your minds will be led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:3, NASB). Paul’s readers had been distracted by the message of “another Jesus” (verse 4). In other words, men had come preaching about Jesus, but spoke of Him differently than the Apostle Paul. Many think that false teachers had told them about Christ in a way that caused them to look less to Jesus and more to their own good deeds and spirituality. As they did so, they were “led astray from the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.”

Whenever this happens to a Christian, his spiritual life soon becomes burdensome. He feels “back in the box” of slavery to duties that bring no joy. Instead of refreshing and ravishing his soul with the love of Christ, his spirituality seems complicated, unfulfilling, and feels like just “one more thing to do” in an overbusy life. And so, if you recognize yourself in this bondage, rest your soul afresh in “the simplicity and purity of devotion to Christ.” Look to Him to be the satisfaction of what God requires from you. Rediscover your spiritual practices as means of experiencing and enjoying Christ, and not a mere checklist of requirements to keep


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