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Eugene Peterson on individualism

“Individualism is the growth-stunting, maturity-inhibiting habit of understanding growth as an isolated self-project. Individualism is self-ism with swagger. The individualist is the person who is convinced that he or she can serve God without dealing with God. This is the person who is sure that he or she can love neighbors without knowing their names. This is the person who assumes that “getting ahead” involves leaving other people behind. This is the person who, having gained competence in knowing God or people or world, uses that knowledge to take charge of God or people or world.”

Eugene H. Peterson, Practice Resurrection: A Conversation on Growing Up in Christ (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans Publishing Company), 112

Individualism muffles God’s voice

“[An] unawareness of how much our culture drives our thinking toward individualistic thoughts is perhaps the biggest hindrance to hearing God speak to us. One of the biggest lessons I’ve learned is that focusing on myself actually muffles the voice of God right out of my life.”

Chuck Bomar, Better Off Without Jesus (Venture: Regal, 2012), 20.

Rick Warren on being a Christian but not attending a church

Only in our culture of idolatrous individualism do believers think they can follow Jesus without belonging to His Body.

Rick Warren