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One Thought on the C.J. Mahaney Issue

For those of you who are not aware, some severe charges have been leveled against C.J. Mahaney. These charges can be summed up in one word: pride. Tim Challies has written a helpful reflection on the situation and how Christians should respond.  Ligon Duncan also pens his reflection and he includes some links that will help you catch up on the story.

My only thought is personal: I am asking the Lord to keep me from any appearance of pride, specifically a resistance in my heart to correction and rebuke. I have been deeply troubled by these sins in my life because they are present and real (as my wife can attest). By grace I am seeking to put them to death.

I cannot do it on my own. Neither can C.J. Great grace is required. Thankfully, in Christ and his gospel, great grace is provided–to me, C.J., and anyone who would believe. Let’s be praying for C.J., Sovereign Grace Ministries, and our own hearts.

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Hitting the Hay with Humility

Here are two thoughts from C.J. Mahaney on how to cultivate humility as you end your day:

  • Avoid cosmic plagiarism. “Let not a single day end without the specific and intentional ‘transfer’ of all glory, for all grace to God alone!  That is the humble way to end each and every day.”
  • Accept the gift of sleep.  “Each night, as I confront the need again for sleep, I’m reminded that I’m a dependent creature.  I am not self-sufficient.  I am not the Creator.  There is only One who ‘will neither slumber nor sleep’ (Ps. 121:4), and I am not that One.”
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Life Theology

Cultivating Humility in the Morning

In C.J. Mahaney’s book Humility: True Greatness, he outlines some ways he has learned to cultivate humility during his morning devotions.

  • Acknowledge your need for God.  “I’ve learned to make statements to God about my dependence upon God, and in this way I’m humbling myself before God.”
  • Express gratitude toward God.  “If I’m ungrateful, I’m arrogant.  And if I’m arrogant, I need to remember that God doesn’t sympathize with me in that arrogance; He is opposed to the proud.”
  • Practice the spiritual disciplines. “I’ve learned that regardless of how I feel when I’m finished reading my Bible in the morning, I can know that I’ve made the statement, ‘I need You, I’m dependent upon You.'”
  • Seize your commute.  “If you used that [25-minute commute] time to listen to an audio recording of Scripture, you’d get through the entire Bible in only three months!”
  • Cast your cares upon him. “Where there’s worry, where there’s anxiousness, pride is at the root of it.  When I am experiencing anxiety, the root issue is that I’m trying to be self-sufficient.  I’m acting independent of God.”

Tomorrow, I’ll post on C.J.’s advice on how to cultivate humility at the end of the day.

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The Real Reason We Want to Kill Pride

C.J. Mahaney on why the Christian should kill his pride:

So many human ventures, so many grand designs of mankind, have been undermined because humility was lacking on the part of those involved…our motivation for rooting out pride must go beyond a knowledge of its pitfalls and perils.  Our pursuit should be driven by the amazing promise that humility holds out to us: God gives grace to the humble!
– Humility: True Greatness
(p. 24)

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Part of C.J. Mahaney’s Testimony