For the last couple of weeks, I have been reading Tempted and Tried by Russell D. Moore. I’m only one chapter away from its conclusion and I can say it is one of the best books I’ve read in a while. Moore takes his readers through an in-depth study of the temptations Jesus endured in the wilderness. He brings to the surface the various faces of temptations that plague us while directing our attention to Christ’s victory over them all. I want to plug it again with a review once I’m officially done, but until then I’ll share a quote. This really stuck out to me:
The Devil doesn’t mind “family values” as long as what you ultimately value is the family. Satan doesn’t mind “social justice” as long as you see justice as most importantly social. Satan does not tremble at a “Christian worldview” as long as your ultimate goal is to view the world. Satan doesn’t even mind born-again Christianity as long as the new birth is preached apart from the blood of the cross and the life of the resurrection.
Pastor, Satan doesn’t mind if you preach of the decrees of God with fervor and passion, reconciling all the tensions between sovereignty and freedom, as long as you don’t preach the gospel. Homeschooling mom, Satan doesn’t mind if your children can recite the catechism and translate the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” from English to Latin, as long as they don’t hear the gospel. Churches, Satan doesn’t care if your people vote for pro-life candidates, stay married, have sex with whom they’re supposed to, and tear up at all the praise choruses, as long as they don’t see the only power that cancels condemnation – the gospel of Christ crucified. Satan so fears that gospel, he was willing to surrender his entire empire just to stave it off. He still is.
What a Savior we have in Jesus. I’ll have a review up soon.