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The nemesis of spiritual formation


A warning about focusing on outward conformity in a CT 2005 interview with

Dallas Willard “What sometimes goes on in all sorts of Christian institutions is not formation of people inthe character of Christ; it’s teaching of outward conformity. You don’t get in trouble for not having the character of Christ, but you do if you don’t obey the laws. It is so important to understand that character formation is not behavior modification.”

Richard  Foster  “I think what Dallas is referring to is that many Christian institutions have a system by which you find out whether you’re in or out. Sometimes it’s rules; sometimes it’s a certain belief system.”

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