Desiring God on Unregenerate Children

Ever since I have started following Desiring God and John Piper I have been continually impressed with his wisdom and humility.  If you don’t follow him you should.  @JohnPiper, desiringgod

If mere external conformity to God’s commands (like don’t lie, don’t steal, don’t kill) is hypocritical and spiritually defective, then why should parents require obedience from their unregenerate children?

I suppose the main point in this quote is the word, mere.  I can’t say this hasn’t crossed my mind on some occasion when I am attempting to correct my child’s behavior or even my own.

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