Sunday morning is the greatest hour of idolatry in the entire week of America, because the great mass at least of people are not worshipping the one true God. They instead are worshipping a god formed out of their own hearts by their own flesh, satanic devices, and worldly intelligence. They have made a god just like themselves—and he looks more like Santa Claus than he does Jehovah. There can be no fear of the Lord among us, because there is no knowledge of the Lord among us!
Washer, Paul. Ten Indictments against the Modern Church (Kindle Locations 166-170). Chapel Library. Kindle Edition.
Legalism is simply separating the law of God from the person of God. Eve sees God’s law, but she has lost sight of the true God himself. Thus, abstracting his law from his loving and generous person, she was deceived into “hearing” law only as negative deprivation and not as the wisdom of a heavenly Father.
Ferguson, Sinclair B.. The Whole Christ: Legalism, Antinomianism, and Gospel Assurance—Why the Marrow Controversy Still Matters (p. 83). Crossway. Kindle Edition.
One of the greatest evidences of true conversion is not sinless perfection, as some have erroneously supposed. Instead, it is sensitivity to sin, transparency before God regarding sin, and open confession of sin.
Washer, Paul. The Gospel Call and True Conversion (Recovering the Gospel Book 2) (Kindle Locations 313-315). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.
When there is in any a love of earthly things that is predominant, whence a person may be rightly denominated to be earthly minded, he is not, nor can be, spiritually minded at all; he hath no interest in the frame of heart and spirit intended thereby. And thus it is evidently with the greatest part of them who are called Christians in the world, let them pretend what they will to the contrary.
Owen, John. Spiritual-Mindedness (Kindle Locations 296-299). GLH Publishing. Kindle Edition.
We are incompetent in the ordinary things of life. We divorce more readily than we sell houses, yet for some reason we believe that we possess great wisdom as regards men and women that our benighted ancestors did not possess. We raise sons who are not weaned at age twenty-five, yet for some reason we have contempt for the old institutions that used to turn boys into men.
Esolen, Anthony. Out of the Ashes: Rebuilding American Culture (p. 10). Regnery Publishing. Kindle Edition.
How tragic that we in this dark day have had our seeking done for us by our teachers. Everything is made to center upon the initial act of “accepting” Christ (a term, incidentally, which is not found in the Bible) and we are not expected thereafter to crave any further revelation of God to our souls. We have been snared in the coils of a spurious logic which insists that if we have found Him we need no more seek Him.
Tozer, A. W. (Aiden Wilson). The Pursuit of God (Kindle Locations 134-137). Kindle Edition.
The Christian is to proclaim and prosecute an irreconcilable war against his bosom sins; those sins which have lain nearest his heart, must now be trampled under his feet.
Gurnall, William. The Christian in Complete Armour (Complete & Unabridged) – The Ultimate Book on Spiritual Warfare (Kindle Locations 275-277). Unknown. Kindle Edition.
Praying men must be strong in hope, and faith, and prayer. They must know how to wait and to press, to wait on God and be in earnest in our approaches to Him.
Bounds, E. M.. Complete Works of E. M. Bounds on Prayer (with Active Table of Contents) [Annotated] (Kindle Locations 3081-3083). Niche Edition. Kindle Edition.
If God is covenant head, then He is exalted above His people; He is transcendent. If He is covenant head, then He is deeply involved with them; He is immanent. Note how beautifully these two concepts fit together gether when understood biblically.
John M. Frame. Doctrine of the Knowledge of God, The (A Theology of Lordship) (Kindle Locations 229-230). Kindle Edition.
A creature can no more be morally independent of God in its actions and powers, than it can be naturally independent of him.
Thomas Boston. Human Nature In Its Fourfold State (p. 5). Kindle Edition.