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“One of the crucial roles of servanthood needed in our day is brokenhearted boldness in the proclamation of God’s truth. I mention this, because the spirit of relativism in our day has created an atmosphere in which speaking the truth with conviction, and calling others to believe it, is not considered humble. The typical condemnation of Jesus’ claim to be the only way to heaven (John 5.23, 14.6) is that it is arrogant.

G. K. Chesterton saw this coming in 1908, when he wrote,

‘What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction, where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth. This has been exactly reversed. Nowadays the part of a man that a man does assert is exactly the part he ought not to assert: himself. The part he doubts is exactly the part he ought not to doubt: the divine reason. The new skeptic is so humble that he doubts if he can even learn. There is a real humility, typical of our time, but it so happens that it’s practically a more poisonous humility than the wildest prostrations of the ascetic. The old humility made a man doubtful about his efforts, which might make him work harder. But the new humility makes a man doubtful about his aims, which makes him stop working altogether. We are on the road to producing a race of man too mentally modest to believe in the multiplication table.'”

Piper, John. “Humble Yourself in Childlikeness, Servanthood, and Brokenhearted Boldness.” What Jesus Demands from the World. Wheaton, IL: Crossway, 2006.

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