On August 13, 2013, Mike Leake posted an article on the SBC Voices blog titled, 'The Gospel's Root Work and Axe Work'. Here's his conclusion:
"Here is my point. If you and I are sinning we need to grab an axe and deal with it. The gospel is what causes us to grab an axe and get to work. And the gospel also causes us to grab a shovel and start digging out roots. But we must never confuse the gospel’s axe work with gospel’s root work. They aren’t the same but they are both necessary to our sanctification."
Mr. Leake states that the fundamental answer (to any sin) is the gospel, but I want to stress that combating sin is a synergistic process. Therefore, in his analogy, it’s not just the Christian alone chopping down the tree of sin, but the Holy Spirit is there helping as well, (Rom. 6:14; Gal. 5:17-18). It’s also important to note that the Christian must truly want to turn away from or repent of the sin, (Rom. 7:18-25); otherwise, the effort to change is in vain. Using a rubber axe is just as ineffective as leaving the roots.