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The case of hypocrites, who are in the church, but not of it, who have a name to live, but are not alive indeed, is represented by the guest that had not on a wedding garment
– Matthew Henry (on Mat 22:12)
Men think it a shame to be ignorant in their trade, but no shame to be ignorant of God…
– Thomas Watson
I know there is nothing in the Word or in the works of God that is repugnant to sound reason, but there are some things in both which are opposite to carnal reason, as well as above right reason and therefore, our reason never shows itself more unreasonable than in summoning those things to its bar which transcend its sphere and capacity.
– John Flavel
…praise should be both the fruit and the vehicle of teaching
– Charles Spurgeon
Security in Christ does not absolve one from personal responsibility; quite the contrary, for the regenerate man is under total obligation to God. Seriousness in believing should manifest itself in seriousness concerning doctrine and conduct.
-Philip Edgecumbe Hughes
A truly humble man, is inflexible in nothing but in the cause of his Lord and master, which is the cause of truth and virtue. In this he is inflexible because God and conscience require it; but in things of lesser moment, and which do not involve his principles as a follower of Christ, and in things that only concern his own private interests, he is apt to yield to others.
Atheism is a fairytale for people who are afraid of the light.
The gospel is not an invitation, but a summons, and to refuse it is not to decline it but to defy it.
He who fears death or is not willing to die, is not sufficiently Christian. As yet such people lack faith in the resurrection, and love this life more than the life to come.
Believers resemble the moon, which emerges from her eclipse by keeping her motion, and ceases not to shine because the dogs bark at her. Shall we cease to be professors because others will not cease to be persecutors?
God is opposed to idols, that all may know he is the only fit witness to himself.
Were all sin now visited with open punishment, it might be thought that nothing was reserved for the final Judgment; and, on the other hand, were no sin now openly punished, it might be supposed there was no divine providence.
It is as genuine and perhaps a more culpable hypocrisy to appear to have less religion than you really have, than to appear to have more.
When fathers are tongue-tied religiously with their offspring, need they wonder if their children’s hearts remain sin-tied?
Blind unbelief is sure to err And scan His work in vain; God is His own interpreter, And He will make it plain.
-William Cowper (From the hymn ‘God moves in a mysterious way’)
The varied conflicts of the soul afford occasion for the exercise of the graces, and thus, through the divine wisdom and goodness, are made the means of eventual good.
Not only is He (Jesus) necessary to give my life meaning, but only in him does meaning have life.
-R. C. Sproul Jr.
The difference between a Christian and non-Christian: When a non-Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with his sin. When a Christian is convicted of sin, he sides with God, against himself.
It seems odd that certain men who talk so much of what the Holy Spirit reveals to themselves should think so little of what he has revealed to others.
I’ve argued for years that we would see an end to abortion in these United States amongst the heathen when the Christian church agrees with God that children are a blessing.
-R. C. Sproul Jr.
Understanding is the reward of faith; therefore, do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.
There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!”
Most philosophy is just well articulated unbelief
The time will come when instead of the Shepherd feeding the sheep, clowns will be entertaining the goats.
As the preaching of the Word makes the gospel audible, so the sacraments make it visible, and God stirs up faith by both means.”
The very essence of created reality is its revelational character.
-Cornelius Van Til
“When you do not believe in the nature of Scripture as revelation the authority you give it can go no higher than your own mind”
Though the partisans of arbitrary power will freely censure that preacher who speaks boldly for the liberties of the people, they will admire as an excellent divine the parson who’s discourse is wholly in the opposite and teaches that magistrates have a divine right for doing wrong and are to be implicitly obeyed. Men professing Christianity as if the religion of the blessed Jesus bound them to bow their neck to any tyrant.
If there are no absolutes by which to judge a society, then society becomes an absolute.
The Pharisees were offended, but kept it to themselves; hating to be reformed, they hated to be informed; but the disciples, though offended, sought for satisfaction, imputing the offence, not to the doctrine delivered, but to the shallowness of their own capacity.
The excellence of the heavenly life is not perceived, indeed, by the sense of the flesh; and yet we do not esteem it according to its real worth, unless we are prepared to deny, on account of it, all that glitters in our eyes.
The person who becomes wedded to the scientific cosmology in one generation will find himself widowed in the next.
-Cited by John C. Whitcomb Jr. (Author unknown)
In a world where everything revolves around self –protect yourself, promote yourself, preserve yourself, entertain yourself, comfort yourself, take care of yourself –Jesus said, “Slay yourself.”-David Platt
What’s needed is doctrinal steel in our backbones and Holy Ghost fire in our bellies!-Peter Hammond
We are immortal until our work on earth is done.-George Whitefield
Thus, the silver thread of resurrection runs through all the believers blessings, from his regeneration onwards to his eternal glory, and binds them together.-C.H. Spurgeon
If the pagans want to open an a-versity a poly-versity or a di-versity that’s up to them, but the university belongs to Christ.-Peter Hammond
The Old Testament is the New Testament concealed, the New Testament is the Old Testament revealed.-Augustine
Whoever willfully blasphemes the holy name of God by denying, cursing or contumeliously reproaching God, his creation, government or final judging of the world, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching Jesus Christ or the Holy Ghost, or by cursing or contumeliously reproaching or exposing to contempt and ridicule, the holy word of God contained in the holy scriptures shall be punished by imprisonment in jail for not more than one year or by a fine of not more than three hundred dollars, and may also be bound to good behavior.-State of Massachusetts General Laws: Chapter 272, Section 36
...we ought to learn to have one foot raised to take our departure when it shall please God.-Calvin
An apologetic that builds on any other rock than Christ does not honor the greatness of divine wisdom. It is foolishly and audaciously erected on the ruinous sands of human authority.-Greg Bahnsen
Note, It is natural to proud men to prescribe to God, and then to make that an excuse for not subscribing to him; but a man’s offence will never be his defence.-Matthew Henry
In the doctrine of the Trinity beats the heart of the whole revelation of God for the redemption of humanity.-Herman Bavinck
Death rose against Christ. The Savior snatched his quiver from him, cut them in two, gave Death back the feather end, but kept the poisoned barbs from him, that he might never destroy the ransomed.-Charles Spurgeon
As the skill of the workman appears so much the more strikingly, when the tools employed by him are few and simple, and the materials to be wrought upon are hard and unyielding; so the wonders achieved in the first ages of the Church, through the foolishness of preaching (1 Corinthians 1:21) excite so much the more our astonishment, when we take into view the peculiarly formidable obstacles that opposed its progress in the places that were selected as the scenes of its triumphs.-Rev. John Pringle
The Scripture…is a most remarkable, but most multifarious, collection of the records of the Divine economy; a collection of an infinite variety of theology, history, prophecy, psalmody, morality, allegory, legislation, carried through different books, by different authors, at different ages, for different ends and purposes.-Edmund Burke
O, Almighty God, I am thinking Thy thoughts after Thee!-Johannes Kepler (The Harmonies of the World, 1619)
Men became scientific because they expected Law in Nature, and they expected Law in Nature because they believed in a Legislator. In most modern scientists this belief has died: it will be interesting to see how long their confidence in uniformity survives it. Two significant developments have already appeared—the hypothesis of a lawless sub-nature, and the surrender of the claim that science is true. We may be living nearer than we suppose to the end of the Scientific Age.-Lewis, C.S., Miracles: a preliminary study, Collins, London, p. 110, 1947
I go to your God and my God. Death to me is a bed to the weary. Now, be not anxious. The Lord will maintain His cause and own His people. He will show His glory yet in Scotland, Farewell.-James Renwick (Scottish Covenanter martyr 1662-1688)
The relation of geology, as well as astronomy, to the Bible, when both are well understood, is that of perfect harmony… The Word and the works of God cannot conflict, and the more they are studied the more perfect will their harmony appear.-Benjamin Silliman, (Yale professor, 1818)
What is a sacrament? An outward attestation of the grace of God which, by a visible sign, represents spiritual things to imprint the promises of God more firmly in our hearts, and to make us more sure of them.
The sweetest joys and delights I have experienced, have not been those that have arisen from hope of my own good estate; but in a direct view of the glorious things of the Gospel. When I enjoy this sweetness, it seems to carry me above the thoughts of my own estate; it seems at such times a loss that I cannot bear, to take off my eye from the glorious, pleasant object I behold without me, to turn my eye in upon myself, and my own good estate.
Would the Great Master, who adorns the valley with flowers and covers the cliff itself with grass and mosses, exhibit such a great mistake in man, his masterpiece, that man should not be able to enrich the globe with as many inhabitants as it can support? That would be a mean thought even in a Pagan, but blasphemy in a Christian, when reading the Almighty’s precept: ‘Be fruitful, multiply and fill the earth.
-Anders Chydenius (1729-1803)
What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires.
-J. Gresham Machen
Christ and His righteousness, typified in the ark of the covenant, whose cover was of gold, and called a propitiatory, that as it covered the tables that were within the ark, so God covers our sins against those tables.
Put simply, the Bible determines reality for the church and stipulates a God-centered worldview for the redeemed. Thus, the church is always mounting a counterrevolution to the spirit of the age, and preaching is the God-ordained means whereby the saints are armed and equipped for this battle and confrontation.
I place no value on anything I have or may possess, except in relation to the kingdom of Christ. If anything will advance the interests of the kingdom, it shall be given away or kept, only as by giving or keeping it I shall promote the glory of Him to whom I owe all my hopes in time and eternity.
A man with God is always in the majority.
I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just; that His justice cannot sleep forever.
Blessed are they, who die not only for the Lord, as martyrs, not only in the Lord, as all believers, but likewise with the Lord, as breathing forth their lives in these words, ‘Into thine hand I commit my spirit.’
O God, command what you wouldst, and grant what thou dost command.
Christian courage may thus be described. It is the undaunted audacity of a sanctified heart in adventuring upon difficulties and undergoing hardships for a good cause upon the call of God.
Regardless of what anyone may personally think or believe about him, Jesus of Nazareth has been the dominant figure in the history of Western culture for almost 20 centuries.
If it were possible, with some sort of super-magnet, to pull up out of history every scrap of metal bearing at least a trace of his name, how much would be left? It is from his birth that most of the human race dates its calendars, it is by his name that millions curse and in his name that millions pray.
-Jaroslav Pelikan (Yale Historian)
Let us press forward resolved that we shall not desist or pause in our onward cause and career of victory until Christ’s crown is triumphantly planted on the last citadel of the hitherto unconquered realms of heathenism.
Alexander Duff (1866, before general assembly of Church of Scotland)
Thus out of small beginnings greater things have been produced by His hand that made all things of nothing, and gives being to all things that are; and, as one small candle may light a thousand, so the light here kindled hath shone unto many, yea in some sort to our whole nation; let the glorious name of Jehovah have all the praise.
I believe in Christianity as I believe that the sun has risen: not only because I see it, but because by it I see everything else.
It must be felt that there is no national security but in the nation’s humble, acknowledged dependence upon God and His overruling Providence.
-President Franklin Pierce (1853)
In trying to remove from Christianity everything that could possibly be objected to in the name of science, in trying to bribe off the enemy by those concessions which the enemy most desires, the apologist has really abandoned what he started out to defend.
-J. Gresham Machen
Unless I am convinced by Scripture and plain reason – I do not accept the authority of the popes and councils, for they have contradicted each other – my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and I will not recant anything for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. God help me. Amen.
The trouble with too many of us is that we think God called us to be manufacturers when He really called us to be distributors. He alone has the resources to meet human needs; all we can do is receive His riches and share them with others.
God is under no obligation to continue to tolerate the existence of people who are daily engaged in a program of cosmic treason.
These hands you may crush, these arms you may lop off, my life you may take, my blood is yours, you may shed it; but you shall never force me to give holy things to the profaned, and dishonor the table of my God.
We need to sbmit ourselves to the Word of God, rather than become a million popes.
I am much afraid that schools will prove to be the great gates of hell unless they diligently labor in explaining the Holy Scriptures, engraving them in the hearts of youth.
To reform our families, engaging ourselves to a conscientious care to set before us and to maintain the worship of God in them; and to walk in our houses with perfect hearts in a faithful discharge of all domestic duties, educating, instructing, and charging our children and households to keep the ways of The Lord.
-1677 A Puritan Church Covenant of Dorchester Massachusetts
As goes the home, so goes the church, so goes the nation. Family worship is the most decisive factor in how the home goes.
The Christian religion was always recognized in the administration of the common law of the land, the fundamental principles of that religion must continue to be recognized in the same cases and to the same extent as formerly.
Religion beget prosperity and the daughter devoured the mother
Where a people are gathered together the word of God requires that to maintain the peace and union… there should be an orderly and decent Government established according to God.
-Preamble of the Connecticut Constitution of 1639
The depravity of man is at once the most empirically verifiable reality but at the same time the most intellectually resisted fact.
Preaching is not something that men can perform in their own power; for though I now am an old and experienced preacher, I none the less am fearful when I am to preach.
We are justified by the sovereign grace of God through Jesus Christ and His atoning blood. Works have nothing to do with our justification. We are saved by the grace of God unto salvation through Christ. Our sanctification, however, is very definitely a matter of our growth in obedience. Faith without works is dead. If there is no evidence of sanctification, then there is no faith. Our sanctification is by obedience to the law of God. This is what Luther and Calvin both said, the rule of faith (that is the means of sanctification) is the law. And our Lord in the Sermon on the Mount said a good tree only bears good fruit, but a corrupt tree bears corrupt fruit. Now, our works are simply that good fruit. We are dead to the law as an indictment, as a death penalty. In that respect we are dead to the law. Now, some people get this twisted. They say the law is dead. Scripture never says the law is dead, but that we are dead to the law as a death penalty, as an indictment, but we are alive to it as the righteousness of God. It is now written on the tables of our hearts. Once the law was a death penalty, a sentence, now it is an aspect of the new man in us and we are saved, St. Paul says, that the righteousness of the law might be fulfilled in us.
Politics is an outgrowth of ethics, and ethics is an outgrowth of theology.
-Kevin L. Clauson
Natural causes, as men call them, are God in action, and we must not ascribe power to them, but to the infinite Invisible who is the true source of all.
You hang by a slender thread, with the flames of divine wrath flashing about it, and ready every moment to singe it, and burn it asunder; and you have no interest in any mediator, and nothing to lay hold of to save yourself, nothing to keep off the flames of wrath, nothing of your own, nothing that you ever have done, nothing that you can do, to induce God to spare you one moment.
Darwin said that speciation occurred too slowly for us to see it, Gould and Eldredge said it occurred to quickly for us to see it. Either way we don’t see it.
– Donn Rosen (curator of ichthyology at the American Museum of Natural History)
A truly devastating scenario for the modern church is not the prospect of persecution, but rather an atrophy of gospel understanding, faith, and practice that would grant an unbelieving world the luxury of indifference.
…they persuade themselves that the world is governed by chance, thus blinding themselves in the midst of the clear light of day.
Without justice, what are states but great bands of robbers?
It thus reveals not the mind of God but the extraneous presuppositional baggage of the interpreter.
“When an appeal to the populace is like crying in the wilderness, thank God there remains an appeal to Heaven!”
How few consider how they harden wicked men by an intimacy with them, whereas withdrawment from them might be a means to make them ashamed! Whilst we are merry and jovial with them, we make them believe their condition is not deplorable, their danger is not great; whereas if we shunned them, as we would a bowed wall, whilst they remain enemies to the Lord, this might do them good, for the startling of them, and rousing of them out of their unhappy security and strong delusions wherein they are held.
– Lewis Stuckley
Defend the Bible? I would as soon defend a lion! Unchain it and it will defend itself.
– Charles Spurgeon
Tolerance is the virtue of a man without conviction.
The early church was married to poverty, prison and persecution, today the church is married to prosperity, personality and popularity.
The march of Providence is so slow and our desires so impatient; the work of progress so immense and our means of aiding it so feeble; the life of humanity is so long, that of the individual so brief, that we often see only the ebb of the advancing wave and are thus discouraged. It is history that teaches us to hope.
― Robert E. Lee
All true love is a motion of the soul towards the enjoyment of God for himself, and his neighbors for God’s sake; so that he can never truly love man who doth not love his Maker.
– George Swinnock
We only use the term Calvinism for shortness. That doctrine which is called ‘Calvinism’ did not spring from Calvin; we believe that it sprang from the great founder of all truth. Perhaps Calvin himself derived it mainly from the writings of Augustine. Augustine obtained his views, without doubt, through the Spirit of God, from the diligent study of the writings of Paul, and Paul received them of the Holy Ghost, from Jesus Christ, the great founder of the Christian dispensation. We use the term then, not because we impute any extraordinary importance to Calvin’s having taught these doctrines. We would be just as willing to call them by any other name, if we could find one which would be better understood, and which on the whole would be as consistent with fact.
-Charles Hadden Spurgeon
It is established that the Law of God is given to men for three causes: first, that certain external discipline might be preserved, and wild and intractable men might be restrained, as it were, by certain barriers; secondly, that by the Law men might be brought to acknowledgment of their sins; thirdly, that regenerate men, to all of whom, nevertheless, much of the flesh still cleaves, for that very reason may have some certain rule after which they may and ought to shape their lives.
-The Formula of Concord
“He who fears God has nothing else to fear”
– Charles Spurgeon
We’ve got to stop making the pagans in the college system rich while they make us dumb.
In circumstances dark as these, it becomes us, as Men and Christians, to reflect that, whilst every prudent Measure should be taken to ward off the impending Judgements….All confidence must be withheld from the Means we use; and reposed only on that GOD who rules in the Armies of Heaven, and without whose Blessing the best human Counsels are but Foolishness — and all created Power Vanity…
– John Hancock, April 17, 1775
Most of Jesus’ parables are clear, but they also contain a depth of meaning that only one with a right relationship to Jesus can comprehend.
– R.C. Sproul
Inasmuch as in the Law the difference between good and evil is set forth, it is given for the regulation of the life of men, so that it may be justly called the rule of living well and righteously.
– John Calvin
We’re not here to fear it, we’re here to preach to it, to bring a covenant lawsuit against the culture….
– Joel Mcdurmon
Surely none are so mad as those who are content to live unprepared to die
– J.C. Ryle
If no one is accountable, than ultimately no one counts.
– R. C. Sproul
Right and wrong have become subservient to the hedonism of the moment.
– Sen. Rand Paul