Will we let them sit at ease in Zion while certain judgment is visible from the watchtower? Should we not cry out to them: Awake, you who sleep, Arise from the dead, And Christ will give you light. (Eph. 5:14) Examine yourselves as to whether you are in the faith. Test yourselves. (2 Cor. 13:5) Make your call and election sure. (2 Peter 1:10) Understand that this is not a call for ministers or laypeople to become the judges of others, but to put away the belief in and proclamation of a superficial and powerless gospel that is granting assurance to millions, making them resistant against a biblical gospel and sealing their eternal condemnation. We must learn to console and assure the weakest saint who is broken over his many sins, but we must also learn to warn the false convert whose life is a barren and fruitless tree and whose settled manner of living is a contradiction to the gospel.
Washer, Paul. Gospel Assurance and Warnings (Recovering the Gospel Series) (Kindle Locations 401-409). Reformation Heritage Books. Kindle Edition.
People are never more sincere than when they assume their own moral superiority.
Sowell, Thomas. The Vision of the Anointed: Self-Congratulation as a Basis for Social Policy (p. 3). Basic Books. Kindle Edition.
Much of modern western society has been so imbued with the propriety of self-esteem and self-will that virtually every desire has come to be considered a right.
MacArthur, John. Romans 1-8 MacArthur New Testament Commentary (MacArthur New Testament Commentary Series) (Kindle Locations 363-365). Moody Publishers. Kindle Edition.
The self-righteous man sees everything wrong with God, the world, and his family, and nothing wrong with himself.
Rushdoony, R. J.. A Word in Season, Volume 1 (A Word in Season: Daily Messages on the Faith for All of Life) (Kindle Locations 151-152). Chalcedon/Ross House Books. Kindle Edition.
Biblically, we must realize that the size of what our eyes see is rarely a good way to estimate the greatness of something in the eyes of God.
Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Kindle Locations 385-387). Good News Publishers. 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.