In his new book Forever: Why You Can’t Live Without It, Paul Tripp does a fantastic job of explaining why believers and nonbelievers alike misunderstand what Christianity is all about. There has been a tendency in our culture to pitch Christianity as a means of achieving personal peace and affluence (as Francis Schaeffer often tried to counter). But Tripp points out that if we were honest, we’d find “thousands of sad, defeated, disappointed, doubting, and soon to be cynical Christians out there.” Why? Because we forget about what Jesus accomplished for His people. As such, many Christians simply go through the motions of faith. The life is gone. Faith doesn’t make much sense. And many believers are left feeling miserable.

According to Tripp, here are signs of a miserable faith:

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