"Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls." (Jeremiah 6:16)

Lloyd-Jones: Christians are Mistaking “Niceness” for Grace

“Christian people are mistaking natural qualities — niceness, a veneer of politeness — for true Christian grace. It seems that we are no longer capable of differentiating between the two. How often today is affability mistaken for saintliness! ‘What a gracious man he is,’ they say. What they really mean is this: he never criticizes and he agrees with everybody and everything. I know of nothing more dangerous than that. These so-called gracious men are, of course, altogether nicer than John the Baptist or the Apostle Paul! I do not hesitate to go further — they are very much nicer than the Lord Jesus Christ Himself who strongly denounced the Pharisees!

Affability is not saintliness. An intellectual and oral flabbiness coupled with a pleasant disposition is not synonymous with graciousness and with the possession of grace!”

— Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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