Archive for the ‘Quotes’ Category

Should we stop doing something if our motivation is wrong?

“Though the doing out of wrong motivation is sin, it does not follow that the doing should therefore be suspended. The plowing of the wicked is sin. But it is more sinful not to plow.” John Murray, Principles of Conduct, 88


C. S. Lewis on Heaven and Hell

“As there is one Face above all the worlds merely to see which is irrevocable joy, so at the bottom of all worlds rant face is waiting whose sight alone is the misery from which none who behold a it can recover. And though there seem to be, and indeed are, a thousand roads by which a man could walk through the world, there is not a single one which does not lead sooner or later either to the Beatific or the Miserific Vision” (In Perelandra, quoted by Walter Hooper in his preface to Christian Reflections).

I would add, there is only way way to the Beatific Vision – the Lord Jesus Christ. John 14:6

Jonathan Edwards’ Two Handed Theology – Truth and Love, Light and Heat

“As there is not true religion where there is nothing else but affection, so there is no true religion where there is no religious affection. As, on the one hand, there must be light in the understanding as well as an affected fervent heart; where there is heat without light, there can be nothing divine or heavenly in that heart; so, on the other hand, where there is a kind of light without heat, a head stored with notions and speculations, with a cold and unaffected heart, there can be nothing divine in that light; that knowledge is no spiritual knowledge of divine things. If the great things of religion are rightly understood, they will affect the heart” (Jonathan Edwards, The Religious Affections, 49-50).

John Holt Rice’s preaching is a wonderful model to follow

From A Memoir of John Holt Rice, by William Maxwell:

“In his preaching, which was now becoming more popular, he aimed to be as practical as possible; and to carry his discourse home to the “business and bosoms” of his hearers. He was always particularly careful, too, to teach the doctrines and duties of religion together, and to show their intimate connexion with each other. Thus, while he inculcated the cardinal doctrine of justification by faith alone, he was equally strenuous in urging and insisting upon the duty of maintaining good works, which are the fruits of the Spirit; and that not only as evidences of faith, but as things which were both useful to men, and pleasing to God. He laboured, also, very properly, to adapt his instructions, as far as he could, to the actual state of things about him; and, accordingly, did not hesitate to attack the vices and follies which he saw every day before his eyes. In doing this, we are told, he would occasionally give examples, and draw characters, by way of illustration, which were so true to nature, that he was sometimes suspected of being personal in his pictures; though he was always duly careful to avoid being so in fact; and, as far as possible, even in appearance.”

J. C. Ryle on the Usefulness of Trials and Tribulations

“Trial, to speak plainly, is the instrument by which our Father in heaven makes Christians more holy. By trial He calls out their passive graces, and proves whether they can suffer His will as well as do it. By trial He weens them from the world, draws them to Christ, drives them to the Bible and prayer, shows them their own hearts, and makes them humble. This is the process by which He “purges” [“prunes”] them, and makes them more fruitful. The lives of the saints in every age, are the best and truest comment on the text. Never, hardly, do we find an eminent saint, either in the Old Testament or the New, who was not purified by suffering, and, like His Master, a ‘man of sorrows.'”

— Expository Thoughts on the Gospel of John, Volume 2, page 97.

Luther on 9 things that make a good preacher…

“A good preacher should have these properties and virtues: first, to teach systematically; secondly, he should have a ready wit; thirdly, he should be eloquent; fourthly, he should have a good voice; fifthly, a good memory; sixthly, he should know when to make an end; seventhly, he should be sure of his doctrine; eighthly, he should venture and engage body and blood, wealth and honor, in the word; ninthly, he should suffer himself to be mocked and jeered of every one.”

(from Tabletalk, page 238-239 of the 1995 Baker Books Edition)

A great answer to the Baptist who says, “But you’re baptizing some infants who will never profess faith in Christ!”

“If it should be said that the baptism of infants implies the application of the seal of the righteousness of faith to multitudes who never had and never will have that righteousness, and consequently that the seal of God’s covenant is often affixed to a lie, the answer is that the same difficulty lies not only against circumcision of infants, but against the administration of baptism and the Lord’s Supper to adults, unless we can be assured that all the recipients are true converts.”

— Thomas E. Peck, Ecclesiology, 42