Notable Quotable: “No Morality Without Godliness” – D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

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“There are good people in the land who are very much concerned about morality; but they are not concerned about godliness. You simply cannot have morality, finally, without godliness. And the last half century has proved that to the very hilt. If we go back a hundred years and more we find that the great emphasis was upon godliness, and that the morality came out of godliness. But then a generation came which said in effect, Morality is very good and it is most essential for the country, but of course we do not want this godliness any longer; we no longer believe in the supernatural, we do not believe in miracles, we do not believe that Christ is the Son of God – He was no more than a great moral teacher – and so, of course, we must shed all this godly part of it. And they did so. They thought they could preserve the morality without the godliness. But you see what happened. Though you have got education and everything you can provide, if there is not godliness at the back of it your morality will collapse. And the modern world is just an illustration of that truth.” (D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Emptiness of the Christless Life”, An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17 – 5:17)

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