By D. A. Carson
People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer,
obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift
toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline
of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have
escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.