Christians who are taught to act morally primarily to escape punishment or to win self-respect and salvation are learning to be moral to serve themselves.
They are not loving God for Himself.
They are not obeying him simply because of his greatness and because he has done so much for them in Christ. Rather, they are using God to get the things they want.
Question for Reflection
- What is your motivation for obedience?
Timothy Keller, Center Church, 67.