Even the haters of God will say they love him; and the scorners at godliness will say that they are not ungodly; and that it is but hypocrisy and singularity that they deride: and it were well for them, if saying so would go for proof, and he that will be their Judge would take their words. But God will not be deceived, though foolish men are wise enough to deceive themselves.
Baxter, Richard. A Christian Directory (complete – Volume 1, 2, 3 & 4 of 4): A SUM OF PRACTICAL THEOLOGY AND CASES OF CONSCIENCE . Transcript. Kindle Edition.
if you desire to be justified before God, you must either bring to him a perfect righteousness of your own, and wholly renounce Christ; or else you must bring the perfect righteousness of Christ, and wholly renounce your own.
Fisher, Edward. The Marrow of Modern Divinity (Kindle Locations 1819-1820). Fig. Kindle Edition.
For every one pupil who needs to be guarded from a weak excess of sensibility there are three who need to be awakened from the slumber of cold vulgarity. The task of the modern educator is not to cut down jungles but to irrigate deserts. The right defence against false sentiments is to inculcate just sentiments. By starving the sensibility of our pupils we only make them easier prey to the propagandist when he comes. For famished nature will be avenged and a hard heart is no infallible protection against a soft head.
Lewis, C. S.. The Abolition of Man (Collected Letters of C.S. Lewis) (pp. 14-15). HarperCollins. Kindle Edition.
The fear of the LORD is the beginning of knowledge: but fools despise wisdom and instruction. My son, hear the instruction of thy father, and forsake not the law of thy mother: For they shall be an ornament of grace unto thy head, and chains about thy neck. (Pro 1:7-9 KJV)
Men as fathers play a strong role in their children’s view of God. Read More »
The proper context for interpreting the Bible is the context of the biblical writers— the context that produced the Bible. 1 Every other context is alien to the biblical writers and, therefore, to the Bible. Yet there is a pervasive tendency in the believing Church to filter the Bible through creeds, confessions, and denominational preferences.
Heiser, Michael S.. The Unseen Realm: Recovering the Supernatural Worldview of the Bible (p. 16). Lexham Press. 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.
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.
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.
There is a biblical command and purpose to education children, particularly young men. But it is missing today in America. I write what follows, not from the lofty vantage point of sterling success, but rather the bittersweet mixture of success mixed with much failure.
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Today people believe to be true simply what they desire to be true.
Dever, Mark. Nine Marks of a Healthy Church (Kindle Locations 864-865). Good News Publishers. Kindle Edition.