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Five very important books you need to read!
(1) The Dilemma of Laodicea by James Jacob Prasch
(2) The New Apostolic Reformation - What is it and where is it going? by Sandy Simpson
(3) The Empty Pulpit by Mike Oppenheimer
(4) Shadows Of The Beast by James Jacob Prasch
(5) Idolatry In Their Hearts by Sandy Simpson & Mike Oppenheimer
JOHN DALBERG ACTON
"Guard against the prestige of great names; see that your judgments are your own; and do not shrink from disagreement; no trusting without testing." - John Dalberg Acton (1834-1902)
"In the beginning God created man in His own image, and man has been trying to repay the favor ever since." - Anonymous
sola fide * sola gratia * sola Scriptura * soli Deo gloria
NOW that the President has called us to prayer.....
NOW that Congress has called us to prayer.....
NOW that our Governor has called us to prayer....
NOW that the city Mayor has called us to prayer....
NOW that the "liberal" media and most other branches of our American society have called us to prayer.....
AND NOW that our churches are assembling in special prayer....
"Honorable" Justices of the Supreme Court, I have only one question....
Would it be O.K. to pray in our schools?
"Tolerance is a virtue for those who have no convictions." - Anonymous
"If you turn away from the Truth it is still there and will be there if you ever decide to turn back." - Anonymous
"I love you, and because I love you, I would sooner have you hate me for telling you the truth than adore me for telling you lies." - Pietro Aretino
"In the Church of Jesus Christ there can and should be no non-theologians." - Karl Barth
“Doctrine must provide life, and life must adorn doctrine.” - Joel Beeke in Sola Scriptura
The first sign of corruption in a society that is still alive is that the end justifies the means. - Georges Bernanos
"But if the watchman sees the sword coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people and the sword comes and takes the life of one of them, that man will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood." - Eze 33:6
"I will deal with them according to their conduct, and by their own standards I will judge them." - Ezek. 7:27
"For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap up to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables." - 2 Tim. 4:3-4
"Therefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you ..." 2 Cor. 6:17
"For false Christs will arise, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; so that, if it were possible, they would deceive the very elect." - Matt. 24:24
"Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves." - Matt. 7:15
"Beloved, believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God: because many false prophets have gone out into the world." - 1 John 4:1
"A man that is an heretic after the first and second admonition reject" - Tit 3:10
"But there were false prophets also among the people, even as there shall be false teachers among you, who will secretly bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord that bought them, and bring upon themselves swift destruction." - 2 Peter 2:1
"Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convict those who contradict." - Titus 1:9
"All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished to all good works." - 2 Timothy 3:16-17
"But, beloved, remember ye the words which were spoken before by the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; How that they told you there should be mockers in the last time, who should walk after their own ungodly lusts. These are they who separate themselves, sensual, having not the Spirit. But ye, beloved, building up yourselves on your most holy faith, praying by the Holy Spirit, Keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ to eternal life." - Jude 1:17-21
"Neither shall you allege the example of the many as an excuse for doing wrong." - God (Exodus 23:2)
"But the Spirit explicitly says that in later times some will fall away from the faith, paying attention to deceitful spirits and doctrines of demons, by means of the hypocrisy of liars seared in their own conscience as with a branding iron ..." - 1 Tim. 4:1-2
Note to C. Peter Wagner: Do you know the laws of the heavens? Can you set up God's dominion over the earth? - Job 38:33
"Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus, who... made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death..." Philippians 2:5
"Behold, I am against those who have prophesied false dreams," declares the LORD, "and related them and led My people astray by their falsehoods and reckless boasting; yet I did not send them or command them, nor do they furnish this people the slightest benefit," declares the LORD. - Jeremiah 23:32
"Only he who believes is obedient. Only he who is obedient, believes." - Bonhoeffer
F. F. BOSWORTH
"Believe your beliefs and doubt your doubts." - F.F. Bosworth
“Truth is always strong, no matter how weak it looks; and falsehood is always weak, no matter how strong it looks.” - Phillip Brooks
Guilt or grief is all that gracious souls get by communion with vain souls (Ps. 119:136, 158). - Thomas Brooks
"Subjective feelings, emotional desires and fervent sincerity are not sufficient weaponry against Satan. He yields no ground to emotion or sincerity. He retreats only from the authority the believer has through his  union with the Lord Jesus Christ and  the absolute truth of the Word of God." - Mark L. Bubeck, The Adversary
“The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for God's people to do nothing.” - Edmund Burke
Do not be surprised if there is an attack on your work, on you who are called to do it, on your innermost nature--the hidden person of the heart. The great thing is not to be surprised, nor to count it strange--for that plays into the hand of the enemy. Is it possible that anyone should set himself to exalt our beloved Lord and not instantly become a target for many arrows? - Amy Carmichael
"A lie can be halfway round the world before the truth has got its boots on." - James Callaghan
“The Christian must be consumed by the convictions of the infinite beauty of holiness and the infinite damnability of sin.” - Thomas Carlyle
"Be ruthless with yourself if you are given to talking about the experiences you have had. Faith that is sure of itself is not faith; faith that is sure of God is the only faith there is." - Oswald Chambers, Experience Or God's Revealed Truth?
"We look upon prayer simply as a means of getting things for ourselves, but the Biblical purpose of prayer is that we may get to know God Himself." - Oswald Chambers
"People have fallen into a foolish habit of speaking of orthodoxy as something heavy, humdrum, and safe. There never was anything so perilous or so exciting as orthodoxy. It was sanity: and to be sane is more dramatic than to be mad . . . The orthodox Church never took the tame course or accepted the conventions; the orthodox Church was never respectable . . . It is easy to be a madman: it is easy to be a heretic. It is always easy to let the age have its head; the difficult thing is to keep one's own. It is always easy to be a modernist; as it is easy to be a snob . . . It is always simple to fall; there are an infinity of angles at which one falls, only one at which one stands. To have fallen into any one of the fads from Gnosticism to Christian Science would indeed have been obvious and tame. But to avoid them all has been one whirling adventure; and in my vision the heavenly chariot flies thundering through the ages, the dull heresies sprawling and prostrate, the wild truth reeling but erect." - G K Chesterton, Orthodoxy, Garden City, NY: Doubleday Image, 1908, pp. 100-101
"One sees great things from the valley; only small things from the peak." - G. K. Chesterton, The Hammer of God, (1874-1936)
“While in their messages the paid-time religious preachers strongly criticize and even condemn secular society, in the staging and promotion of their programs they use criteria and celebrities from this same society to demonstrate their validity.” It may be this obvious inconsistency between their message and their actions which has led many to a lack of trust in televangelists. This lack of trust is shown through a recent Gallup poll. This poll found “that 23 percent of those surveyed said television evangelists are‘trustworthy with money’, while 63 percent said they are not. In 1980 a similar poll found 41 percent saying the evangelists were trustworthy, with 36 percent saying they were not.” - North American Scene: People and Events, Briefly Noted - Declining, Christianity Today, March 3, 1987
"False doctrine is not the subject of Matthew 18, but something else entirely and, therefore, does not come under the instructions Christ gives in that passage. False doctrine is never a private matter and is always to be dealt with publicly. In fact, much of the New Testament was written to publicly correct false teaching ... Paul withstood Peter to his face publicly for his false interpretation of the law that caused him not to associate with Gentile believers (Gal. 2:11-14). In a day of mass media, particularly when denied access to so-called 'Christian' television and radio, the only method of public correction of false teaching is to write books and to speak publicly, in order to call the attention of the Body to errors that affect the whole Body. ... Furthermore, what teachers say in books and on television, etc. is part of a public domain, subject to review, analysis, and critique of any kind. Anyone who makes public declarations intended to influence large audiences through books, radio, television, etc. ought to know that he is responsible for what he says, and will be held accountable. No one need ask anyone for permission to critique anything that has been espoused in a public forum. It is not necessary to first talk with a writer or speaker in order to be accurate and fair in critiquing him ... If members of the Body have erred, then if we love them, we will correct them" - CIB Bulletin, February 1986
"When the Scriptures tell us to judge the prophets by their fruit, it means their holy living and conformity to God's Word for themselves and those they teach. It does not mean the number of spectacular events that transpire in their lives. Nor does it rest on how many people are blessed by them; many are blessed by New Age practitioners. Nor does it rest on the number of moral causes they are involved in. ... Yet today's prophets tell us not to judge the ungodly lives or the bad doctrine of the prophets, but to believe them because of the 'fruit' of their ministries." - CIB Bulletin, February 1986, p. 12
MARCUS TULLIUS CICERO
"When you have no basis for argument, abuse the plaintiff." - Marcus Tullius Cicero
"If you can't kill the message, kill the messenger." - Jacob Prasch
"To seek unity with false prophets without challenging their errors leaves one's own beliefs open to questions. Those who defend heretics, even if they do not believe in their teachings, are guilty of lending credibility to their heresies, and will be held accountable to God for the souls that are destroyed as a result. It's up to those that know the truth to defend the Church against false teachers whatever the cost to unity or to personal benefit." - Al Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, "Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection", September, 1990, (p. 11).
"... unity is not found in uniformity of thought, but in the fellowship of the Spirit, based on sound doctrine which, in turn, is predicated on the clear teaching of Scripture. This is why Paul exhorts us to "mark them which cause divisions and offenses contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them" (Rom 16:17). The false prophets call for unity based not on Scriptural doctrine, but on their [the false prophets] claim for authority. Those who insist on fellowship based on sound doctrine are labeled legalists, while the false prophets are the ones imposing unscriptural demands upon those who follow them." - Al Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, "Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection", September, 1990, (p. 14).
"How can one be exonerated of bad doctrine of a particular ministry when he has openly endorsed that ministry and appears on their platform? One who endorses a work bears responsibility for that work and is identified with its fruit." - Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection, September, 1990, pg. 16.
"When the Scriptures tell us to judge the prophets by their fruit, it means their holy living and conformity to God's Word for themselves and those they teach. It does not mean the number of spectacular events that transpire in their lives. Nor does it rest on how many people are blessed by them; many are blessed by New Age practitioners. ... Yet today's prophets tell us not to judge the ungodly lives [nor the bad doctrine] of the prophets, but to believe them because of the 'fruit' of their ministries." (p. 12) "It is not to signs and wonders that we should look, but to the overall integrity of the man who performs them. Integrity not only includes freedom from greed, lust, and averice, but adherence to sound doctrine." - Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection, September, 1990, p. 16.
"It is not to signs and wonders that we should look, but to the overall integrity of the man who performs them. Integrity not only includes freedom from greed, lust, and averice, but adherence to sound doctrine" - Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection, September, 1990, p. 16.
"The term 'another gospel' referred to in Gal 1:6-9, is a perversion of the true gospel. That is, it centers on the person and work of Jesus, but adds or subtracts teachings that refocus people's efforts toward untruths." - Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection, September, 1990, p. 17.
"How can one be exonerated of bad doctrine of a particular ministry when he has openly endorsed that ministry and appears on their platform? One who endorses a work bears responsibility for that work and is identified with its fruit.'" - Albert James Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, "Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection", September, 1990, p. 16.
"The term "another gospel" referred to in Gal 1:6-9, "is a perversion of the true gospel. That is, it centers on the person and work of Jesus, but adds or subtracts teachings that refocus people's efforts toward untruths." - Al Dager, Media Spotlight Special Report, Latter-Day Prophets: The Restoration of Apostles and Prophets and the Kansas City-Vineyard Connection, September, 1990, (p. 17).
"When people are forced to remain silent when they are being told the most obvious lies, or even worse when they are forced to repeat the lies themselves, they lose once and for all their sense of probity. To assent to obvious lies is to co-operate with evil, and in some small way to become evil oneself. One's standing to resist anything is thus eroded, and even destroyed. A society of emasculated liars is easy to control." - Theodore Dalrymple
J. N. DARBY
"Separation from evil is the necessary first principle of communion with Him ... Separation from evil is His principle of unity." - J.N. Darby, Separation of Evil: God's Principle of Unity, as cited in Biblical Separation, by Ernest Pickering, p. 116
But the more we search the Scriptures, the more we perceive, in this doctrine, the fundamental truth of the gospel - that truth which gives to redemption its character, and to all other truths their real power. - John Nelson Darby
"Nothing is so easy to fake as the inner vision." - Robertson Davies
"Nothing is so easy as to deceive oneself; for what we wish, we readily believe." - Demosthenes
“The increased activity of false teachers is one of the signs that we are living in the last days. The Church of the living God is being attacked by false teachers from without and from within. Many sincere Christian people are deceived by ministers within the Church who pose as ministers of Christ.” - Homer Duncan, The Doctrines Of The Jehovah's Witnesses: Compared With The Holy Scriptures
“A little before the end of the world, there shall be a very great apostasy, wherein great part of the world shall fall away from Christ and his church … This apostasy will be most like the apostasy of the devils of any that ever had before been. For the devils apostatized, and turned enemies to Christ, though they enjoyed the light of heaven. And these will apostatize, and turn enemies to him, though they have enjoyed the light and privileges of the glorious times of the church. That such should turn open and avowed enemies to Christ, and should seek the ruin of his church, will cry aloud for such immediate vengeance as was executed on the devils when they fell.” – Jonathan Edwards, History of the Work of Redemption, Period III From Christ’s Resurrection To The End Of The World
RALPH WALDO EMERSON
"A great man is always willing to be little." - Ralph Waldo Emerson
“These religious teachers have traveled the world over, sowing the ‘weeds’ of their false teaching. The Philippines has proven to be fertile soil for these seeds of untruth. The Bible clearly warns us to be aware of these cults, and to stand firm against their teachings. We also believe that there are many who can be convinced of the error of their ways, if we know the truth and how to share it.” - Maynard Eyestone, Preface to the book Witnessing To The Cults authored by Alex Wilson and Christine Tetley
"There are many individual powerful practices which characterize the methods of deception employed by false teachers, but the twisting of Scripture is universal among them." - The Watchman Expositor, A Mark Of False Teachers: Twisting The Scriptures, 1995
"Half a truth is often a great lie." - Benjamin Franklin
ARNO C. GAEBELEIN
“His return is preceded by the falling away. Throughout this age there has been going on a falling away from the truth. John wrote of the many antichrists in his day. (1 John 2.) The mystery of iniquity was then already at work (2 Thess. 2:7). When the end of the age comes (Matthew 13) the harvest, the tares which began in the beginning of the age will be full grown. When He comes again He will not find "faith on the earth" (Luke 18:8); the days of Noah and Lot have returned, days of violence and lust (Luke 17:26-37). The Epistles bear a startling testimony as to the final great apostasy, an apostasy which is apparent today, for the modernistic rationalism in the different evangelical denominations is the beginning of this falling away (See 2 Thess. 2; 1 Tim. 4:1-2; 2 Tim. 3:1-5; 4:1-4; Epistle of Jude; 2 Peter 2 and 3).” - Arno C. Gaebelein, Twenty Prominent Facts Taught in the New Testament on the Return of the Lord, New York: Publications Office "Our Hope," ©1925.
JOHANN WOLFGANG VON GOETHE
“None are more hopelessly enslaved than those who falsely believe they are free.” - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
RUTH BELL GRAHAM
"For all who knew the shelter of the Fold, it's warmth and saftey and the Shepherd's care, and bolted; choosing instead to fare out in the cold, the night; revolted by guardianship, by light; lured by the unknown, eager to be out and on their own; freed to water where they may, feed where they can live as they will; till they are cured, let hem be cold, ill; let them know terror; feed them with thistle, weed, and thorn; who chose the company of wolves, let them taste the companionship wolves give to helpless strays; but oh! Let them live--wiser though torn! And wherever, however far away they roam, follow and watch and keep your stupid, wayward, stubbonr sheep, and someday bring them home!" - Ruth Bell Graham
"If truth-telling springs from love, it will not only pain those who hear it, it will pain those who speak it. If telling the truth is fun, it probably doesn't come from love. Jeremiah told the truth and was called the "weeping prophet." - Philip Gulley, Fruits of the Spirit
"A person who claims the doctrine of the Trinity is false because the word "Trinity" is not found in Scripture is as foolish as someone who claims 3½ inches, or, say, 5¼ centimeters do not exist because his ruler only shows whole numbers. The doctrine of the Trinity is presented in Scripture clearly enough for spiritual people to recognize, and solidly enough for unspiritual people to stumble over." - Anton Hein
ANTHONY A. HOEKEMA
“People ‘who stand for nothing and fall for everything’ are an easy prey for the cults.” - Dr. Anthony A. Hoekema, Four Major Cults
"Those in possession of absolute power can not only prophesy and make their prophecies come true, but they can also lie and make their lies come true." - Eric Hoffer
"... the goal of Christian mission is not success, but faithful witness; not power, but proclamation; not technique, but truth; not method, but message." - Michael Horton, Power Religion, Moody Press, pg. 15
“Throughout the prophetic literature, we notice a common theme. The false prophets tell the people what they want to hear, baptize it with God’s name, and serve it up as God’s latest Word to His people.” - Michael Horton
“What scares me is the anti-intellectual, anti-critical-thinking philosophy that has spilled over into the church. This philosophy tends to romanticize the faith, making the local church into an “experience center” . . . Their concept of “church” is that they are spiritual consumers and that the church’s job is to meet their needs.” - Bill Hull
"The fruitful man in Psalm 1 meditates upon God's Word "day and night," and not from a sense of duty but because it is his "delight." In his heart and on his mind continually, God's Word guards and guides him. How essential this is! Common sense and logic are helpful. However, without God's Word (which transcends human wisdom) to guard and guide us, we are susceptible to temptation and error, especially when the latter is presented convincingly "in the name of God" by those looked up to as Christian leaders." - Dave Hunt, God's Word: Our Guard and Guide, The Berean Call, 1997
"Correction is one of the most conspicuously absent yet essential ministries in the church today. There are those who seek to avoid correction by hiding behind a misapplication of Christ's words, "Judge not, that ye be not judged" (Mt 7:1). It is conveniently forgotten that these words were spoken by the same One who warned the Jews to "judge righteous judgment' (Jn 7:24), told us to judge the fruit of prophets (Mt 7:16) and promised His disciples that they would sit on thrones judging Israel (Mt 19:28)." - Dave Hunt, A Desperate Need For Correction, The Berean Call, 1998
"In seeking to understand any passage in Scripture, one rule must govern: whatever the Bible declares, the Bible itself (not some outside authority) must interpret. It is from the Bible that we learn the gospel, about the church Christ established, about discipleship and the responsibilities, authority and power He has given to His own. Therefore, it is to the Bible that we must look to understand these things and the Bible is understandable." - Dave Hunt, Authority And Responsibility, The Berean Call, April 2000
"Error, indeed, is never set forth in its naked deformity, lest, being thus exposed, it should at once be detected. But it is craftily decked out in an attractive dress, so as, by its outward form, to make it appear to the inexperienced (ridiculous as the expression may seem) more true than truth itself." - Irenaeus
HARRY A. IRONSIDE
"Error is like leaven of which we read, "A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump." Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Christ died." - Harry A. Ironside
"Exposing error is most unpopular work. But from every true standpoint it is worthwhile work. To our Savior, it means that He receives from us, His blood-bought ones, the loyalty that is His due. To ourselves, if we consider "the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures of Egypt," it ensures future reward, a thousand-fold. And to souls "caught in the snare of the fowler"-how many of them God only knows-it may mean light and life, abundant and everlasting." - Harry A. Ironside
"Objection is often raised even by some sound in the faith-regarding the exposure of error as being entirely negative and of no real edification. Of late, the hue and cry has been against any and all negative teaching. But the brethren who assume this attitude forget that a large part of the New Testament, both of the teaching of our blessed Lord Himself and the writings of the apostles, is made up of this very character of ministry-namely, showing the Satanic origin and, therefore, the unsettling results of the propagation of erroneous systems which Peter, in his second epistle, so definitely refers to as 'damnable heresies'." - Harry A. Ironside
"A truth's initial commotion is directly proportional to how deeply the lie was believed. It wasn't the world being round that agitated people, but that the world wasn't flat. When a well-packaged web of lies has been sold gradually to the masses over generations, the truth will seem utterly preposterous and its speaker a raving lunatic." - Dresden James
"He who permits himself to tell a lie once, finds it much easier to do it a second and third time, till at length it becomes habitual; he tells lies without attending to it, and truth without the world's believing him. This falsehood of the tongue leads to that of the heart, and in time depraves all its good dispositions." -Thomas Jefferson, Letter to Peter Carr, August 19, 1785
"Integrity without knowledge is weak and useless, and knowledge without integrity is dangerous and dreadful." - Samuel Johnson, Rasselas, ch. 4
"How many times do you get to lie before you are a liar?” - Michael Josephson, 20th/21st-century American ethicist
"When truth compromises with error, it is truth that loses ... for error had nothing to give up in the first place." - Dr. Bob Ketcham
"Many people today don't want honest answers insofar as honest means unpleasant or disturbing, They want a soft answer that turneth away anxiety." - Louis Kronenberger
GOTTHOLD EPHRAIM LESSING
"A heretic is a man who sees with his own eyes." - Gotthold Ephraim Lessing
C. S. LEWIS
"There are two kinds of people: those who say to God, "Thy will be done," and those to whom God says, "All right, then, have it your way." - C. S. Lewis, The Great
"There is never a wrong time to do the right thing." - Rush Limbaugh
"My great concern is not whether God is on our side; my great concern is to be on God's side, for God is always right." - Abraham Lincoln in a reply to a deputation of Southerners
"Nearly all men can stand adversity, but if you want to test a man's character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln
"I am not bound to win, but I am bound to be true. I am not bound to succeed, but I am bound to live by the light that I have. I must stand with anybody that stands right, and stand with him while he is right, and part with him when he goes wrong." - Abraham Lincoln
"Real revival will be unmistakably focused on Christ and His atoning work, rather than the sensationalistic experiences." - Bill Lollar, Is This Genuine Revival?, 1996
"It is a most ungodly and dangerous business to abandon the certain and revealed will of God in order to search into the hidden mysteries of God." - Martin Luther
"I am not permitted to let my love be so merciful as to tolerate and endure false doctrine. When faith and doctrine are concerned and endangered, neither love nor patience are in order....when these are concerned, neither toleration nor mercy are in order, but only anger, dispute, and destruction - to be sure, only with the Word of God as our weapon." - Martin Luther
“I have observed this, that all heresies and errors have originated …from neglecting the simple words of Scripture.” - Martin Luther
“… Propositions are used as building blocks in every on of the parable Jesus gave in extended story form. Take the parable of the prodigal son, for example. The very first sentence, “A certain man had two sons” is a simple proposition. The closing phrase is likewise a bare-bones proposition: “your brother was dead and is alive again, and as lost and is found” (v. 32) Those are statements about the facts of the story rather than the central truth claim the story aims to teach, but they serve to illustrate that it is hardly possible to communicate either raw truth or complex story at all without using propositions. Moreover, it’s well nigh impossible to think of a truth that’s authentically knowable that isn’t capable of being expressed in propositional form. To give another example, consider once more the three harmonious parable of Luke 15 (the lost sheep, the lost coin, and the prodigal son). The only exposition Jesus offers as a clue to their meaning is a single propositional statement: “There will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine just persons who need no repentance.” (Luke 15:7) That, as we stressed throughout the body of this book, is the central theme and the key verse of this extended section of Scripture. Notice: that verse states a truth that is by definition objective. It describes what occurs in heaven when someone repents. It discloses a reality that is not in any way affected by any person’s individual perspective. On the contrary, it is a fact that is true regardless of how someone perceives it. In fact, it has been true from the beginning, before any earthly creature perceived it at all. That is precisely what we mean when we say truth is “objective”. Why is all this important? Because truth itself is critically important, and the church today is in imminent danger of selling her birthright in exchange for a postmodern philosophy that in effect would do away with the very idea of truth. That is ground we cannot yield. We must be willing to submit our minds to the truth of Scriptures, and we must refuse to subject Scripture to whatever theories or speculations happen to be currently in the realm of secular philosophy.” - John MacArthur, A Tale Of Two Sons, pgs. 209-210
J. GRESHAM MACHEN
"Men tell us that our preaching should be positive and not negative, that we can preach the truth without attacking error. But if we follow that advice we shall have to close our Bible and desert its teachings. The New Testament is a polemic book almost from beginning to end ... It is when men have felt compelled to take a stand against error that they have risen to the really great heights in the celebration of the truth" (J. Gresham Machen, What Is Christianity, as cited in Biblical Separation, by Ernest Pickering, p. 97).
"A truth that disheartens because it is true is of more value than the most stimulating of falsehoods." - Maurice Maeterlinck
"People may or may not say what they mean...but they always say something designed to get what they want." - David Mamet
ELIAS L. MAGOON
The kiss of the apostate was the most bitter earthly ingredient in the agonies which Christ endured. - Elias L. Magoon
"False in one thing, false in everything." - Legal maxim
ROBERT J. MCCRACKEN
"Get to know two things about a man - how he earns his money and how be spends it - and you have the clue to his character, for you have a searchlight that shows up the innermost recesses of his soul. You know all you need to know about his standards, his motives, his driving desires, and his real religion." - Robert J. McCracken
"It is often argued that we should stay in the midst of churches and bodies whose sins and follies we deplore, in the hope of saving them for God and mankind. Such reasoning has a good deal of force in the first stages of decline. A strong protest may arrest error and stop the gangrene. But as time advances, and the whole body becomes diseased; when the protests have been disregarded, and the arguments trampled underfoot; when the majority have clearly taken up their position against the truth--we have no alternative but to come out and be separate. The place from which we can exert the strongest influence for good is not from within, but from without. Lot lost all influence of his life in Sodom; but Abraham, from the heights of Mamre, was able to exert a mighty influence on its history." - F.B. Meyer.
EDGAR J. MOHN
"A lie has speed, but truth has endurance." - Edgar J. Mohn
"A Gallup Poll reveals that 78 percent of the public believes televangelists are untrustworthy with money, 71 percent say they are dishonest, 67 percent say they are insincere, and 61 percent say they don't care about people." - Quoted in Moody Monthly, December, 1989, p. 72.
"People do not believe lies because they have to, but because they want to." - Malcolm Muggeridge
"It ill becomes the servant to seek to be rich, and great, and honoured in that world where his Lord was poor, and mean, and despised." - George Müller, 1805-1898
EDWARD R. MURROW
"To be persuasive we must be believable; to be believable we must be credible; credible we must be truthful." - Edward R. Murrow
SIR ISAAC NEWTON
"Trials are medicines which our gracious and wise Physician prescribes because we need them; and he proportions the frequency and weight of them to what the case requires. Let us trust his skill and thank him for his prescription." - Sir Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
GEORGE W. NOBLE
Without shedding of blood, no remission - Heb. 9:22
Without faith, no pleasing God - Heb. 11:6
Without holiness, no heaven - Heb. 12:14
Without chastisement, no sonship - Heb. 12:8
(George W. Noble, Book of 750 Bible and Gospel Studies, 1909)
"There is an ever-increasing cry in the religious world today, not just for tolerance, but for unity of all people and all religions. It is often stated - almost never with any attempt to prove the assertion - that all religions are alike in their fundamental doctrines. One must suspect that the lack of any serious attempt to prove the assertion is on account of the paucity of evidence." - Timothy Oliver, Watchman Fellowship, Just Two Kinds Of Religion, 1998
"We also need to be familiar with, and to familiarize others with, the basic marks of a cult. What are some of the ways we can identify false religions?" ... Some of the ways to identify a cult are to "watch for their attitude toward the Word of God ... see what they believe concerning salvation ... determine what they believe about assurance of salvation ... watch to see if they elevate a certain person or that person's words to a level in the direction of the God-like ... watch for doctrinal vagueness or inconsistency ... be aware of a tendency to claim new discoveries, especially from the Scriptures." - Norman Olson, Can You Identify A Cult?, 1989
"During times of universal deceit, telling the truth becomes a revolutionary act."
- George Orwell
"The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph. What we obtain too cheap, we esteem too lightly; it is dearness only that gives everything its value. I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress and grow brave by reflection. 'Tis the business of little minds to shrink; but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death." - Thomas Paine
"We like to be deceived." - Blaise Pascal
THE PEW FORUM
“Most Americans (70%) agree with the statement that many religions — not just their own — can lead to eternal life … including more than half of members of evangelical Protestant churches (57%).” - The Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life, 6/24/10
"Spiritual mapping is an attempt to accomplish through human effort what Christ has already done, and is therefore imaginary at best and dangerous deception at worst." - Kent Philpott, Spiritual Mapping, June 1999
"Again, only he is a fit minister of the Church who is able to refute false teachers. That is listed as one of the necessary qualifications of an elder or bishop: “Holding fast the faithful Word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers…whose mouths must be stopped” (Titus:1:9-11  Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers.
 For there are many unruly and vain talkers and deceivers, specially they of the circumcision:  Whose mouths must be stopped, who subvert whole houses, teaching things which they ought not, for filthy lucre's sake.). The popular demand that the public teacher refrain from polemics is not supported by Scripture. Scripture admonishes pastors to “avoid foolish questions and genealogies and contentions about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain” (Titus:3:9 But avoid foolish questions, and genealogies, and contentions, and strivings about the law; for they are unprofitable and vain.). Nor dare we engage in polemics from carnal motives, in carnal zeal. “For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh” (2 Cor:10:3 For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh:). It is also to be noted that in Titus:1:9 Holding fast the faithful word as he hath been taught, that he may be able by sound doctrine both to exhort and to convince the gainsayers. the words “able by sound doctrine to exhort” precede “able to convince the gainsayer.” That means that the clear presentation of the true doctrine must come before the refutation of the false doctrine." - Franz Pieper, 1852-1931, Professor, President of Missouri Synod, author of Christian Dogmatics
"... many church leaders, though well intentioned, are feeding ... deadly poison to the Body of Christ. ... [Religious] leaders should be held accountable for what they say in books, magazines and pulpit, or on radio or television. Certainly no one can object if what he has stated publicly is quoted or questioned publicly. If any church leader is granted immunity from challenge or correction, then [the spirit of] the Reformation was in vain and we are back under the unscriptural authorization of a Protestant popery. If [their] teachings are valid and Biblical, then [they] have nothing to fear from a factual and Scriptural analysis ... and if [their] precepts are in fact false and dangerous, then lovers of God and truth will be grateful when error is exposed" - Comments in the foreword to PsychoHeresy
"The Mystery of Iniquity ... says, "Let us ascend!" This sounds better to sinful man than "God must descend to save us". This is the time Jesus warned about when He said "take heed that no one deceive you".... And yet with all the "binding", "loosing", "commanding", "cleansing the heavenlies", singing militant songs like "He's under our feet!" and so forth, deception seems ... very remote to "cutting edge" Christians. The very essence of biblical spirituality is this, God had to come down to us, in the flesh; God became a man, to save us from sin. The very antithesis of this is the Mystery of Iniquity, the principle of man ascending up unto God's class. The polarization of Christians along these lines is upon us, and the choice is becoming increasingly stark! ... Jesus poses a question which I believe is directed to the last generation of believers ... To some this question incurs serious heart searching, but ... to the "new breed," the question is almost irrelevant in the light of the great and mighty "revival" of signs, wonders and power sweeping the earth. The question is: "Will the Son of Man find faith when He comes to the earth?" - Rev. Bill Randles, The Two Mysteries
"Ecumenical pressures will continue to mount, and diverse winds of doctrine will blow fiercely against the Church. Should we succumb to a "fortress" mentality, hiding behind our orthodox doctrines and waiting for the Rapture to set us free from conflict? By no means! Jesus is building His Church, and He invites us to march with Him as we storm the gates of hell, setting captives free, and establishing churches where the true Gospel is preached in power and glory." - Opal Reddin, Church Unity, Discernment Ministries Newsletter, March-April 2000
"It is better to be divided by truth than to be united in error. It is better to speak the truth that hurts and then heals, than falsehood that comforts and then kills. It is better to be hated for telling the truth than to be loved for telling a lie. It is better to stand alone with the truth, than to be wrong with a multitude. It is better to ultimately succeed with the truth than to temporarily succeed with a lie. There is only one Gospel." - Adrian Rogers
"Oh what a tangled web we weave, when first we practice to deceive!" - Walter Scott
"O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!" - William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice
GEORGE BERNARD SHAW
"Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance." - George Bernard Shaw
"The ecumenical movement has finally, it would seem, found a 'common denominator' that is explicity Pneumocentric and is ossifying renewal-minded Christians into a superstructure that will exceed and transverse doctrinal barriers to join hands as the comprehensive and potentially apostate 'Body of Christ.'" - Matthew Shaw, The Tie That Binds: Cautionary Remarks On The Ecumenical Tendencies Of The Assemblies Of God, 2000
"The chief danger of the Church today is that it is trying to get on the same side as the world, instead of turning the world upside down. Our Master expects us to accomplish results, even if they bring opposition and conflict. Anything is better than compromise, apathy, and paralysis. God give to us an intense cry for the old-time power of the Gospel and the Holy Ghost." - A. B. Simpson (Preacher, pastor, writer, and promoter of foreign missions)
"Judge Not!" is the battle cry of those who use it as a smoke screen to secretly and safely retreat from orthodoxy. "Judge What I Say!" is the battle cry of those who sharpen their swords as they advance forward in defense of the truth. - Sandy Simpson, DITC
"The Church needs to repent ... repent of allowing itself to be leavened away from true evangelism into territorial spirit binding--allowing itself to be stripped of the hope of the return of Christ bodily to set up His Kingdom on earth by those who say the Church must set up His Kingdom for Him--allowing itself to roll on the floor laughing while the world is going to hell in a hand basket--allowing false prophets to speak blasphemy and false prophesies in the name of the Lord without challenge--allowing the name of Jesus Christ to be brought low with commercialism and false promises on a global basis without denouncing those who do such things publicly. We have allowed the wolves to do the talking for us and for that we MUST repent. We need to get the leaven out and turn to the Lord, an unleavened people. Instead, what we ought to be doing has been replaced with patriotism, feelings of unity, and corporate prayers to deities that are
nothing less than demonic, including Allah and every other "god" except the God of Abraham, Jacob and Isaac. There is only one Jesus Christ, and only one God, the Triune Father, Son and Holy Spirit. There are NO OTHER GODS in, around or above this earth. To compromise by going down the interfaith road at this time will seal the fate of the U.S. and of the "Christian" churches. When Jesus Christ returns, will He find faith on the earth?" - Sandy Simpson, Globalism & Interfaith, Here We Come!, 9/16/01
"Jesus Christ is knocking at the door, but Apostasy has been invited into millions of homes instead. Apparently show biz Christianity is more desirable than obedience, and appeals to the flesh are more important than repentance." - Sandy Simpson
"My contention is that the concepts I have shown from the Bible in the article called Admit, Commit & Submit are being systematically removed from the Gospel message in favor of a message that appeals to the lust of the eyes, the lust of the flesh and the pride of life. These concepts, that are an integral part of the Gospel, are being left behind in favor of a "gospel" that has the power to draw large crowds but has been stripped of the power to save. In the rush to get larger numbers of people chalked up, many times for financial reasons, the hard truths of the Gospel are being stripped away. What is left is a message about the love of God without the wrath of God--a message of the mercy of God without the requirements of God." - Sandy Simpson, Admit, Commit & Submit, 7/03
"Truth is seen as "unloving" only by those who are convicted by it...and yet refuse to listen and repent." - Sandy Simpson
"You are either serving God or serving the devil ... there is no in-between!" - Sandy Simpson
"Dominionism is heresy and the Bible is clear that we are to reject heresy and heretics (Titus 3:10), mark and avoid false teachers (Rom. 16:17), and prove that we love the Lord by obeying His commands (John 5:10). Our mandate is the same as when Christ ascended until He returns: preach the gospel (Mark 16:15) and disciple believers from all the nations (Matt. 28:19). We are NOT to overthrow the governments of the world, take over businesses, or throw our collective Christian weight around in a bid to take over everything. We are to be light and salt (Matt. 5:13-15) to a dying world (1 Cor. 7:31) and abide till He comes (1 John 2:28). Christians need to get busy witnessing for Christ and drop this Dominionist, Kingdom building rhetoric and planning because if they do not they will be playing right into the hands of the coming antichrist." - Sandy Simpson, Dominionism Exposed, 2/06
"Heretics love to point out what is wrong with Christians, but their solutions are worse than the problems they continually enumerate." - Sandy Simpson, 6/06
"Many Christians believe and are taught that they are "little gods" when the Bible teaches they should be "little children". Little children, keep yourselves from idols. Amen. (1 John 5:21) Dear believer, stop idolizing yourself and humble yourself before your Father in heaven! He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good; and what doth the LORD require of thee, but to do justly, and to love mercy, and to walk humbly with thy God? (Mic 6:8)" - Sandy Simpson, 4/07
"In keeping silent about evil, in burying it so deep within us that no sign of it appears on the surface, we are implanting it, and it will rise up a thousandfold in the future. When we neither punish nor reproach evildoers . . . we are ripping the foundations of justice from beneath new generations." - Alexander Solzehnitsyn
"All deception in the course of life is indeed nothing else but a lie reduced to practice, and falsehood passing from words into things." - Robert Southey
CHARLES HADDON SPURGEON
"Neither when we have chosen our way can we keep company with those who go the other way. There must come with the decision for truth a corresponding protest against error." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"The bounden duty of a true believer towards men who profess to be Christians, and yet deny the Word of the Lord, and reject the fundamentals of the Gospel, is to come out from among them. To stay in a community which fellowships all beliefs in the hope of setting matters right is as though Abraham had stayed at Ur. or at Haran, in the hope of converting the household out of which he was called." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Drift Of The Times, Sound The Alarm, 1888
"If truth is optional, error is justifiable." - Drift Of The Times - SOUND THE ALARM! by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1888
"On all hands we hear cries for unity in this and unity in that; but in our mind the main need of this age is not compromise but conscientiousness, 'First pure, then peaceable.' It is easy to cry 'A confederacy,' but that union that is not based on the truth of God is rather a conspiracy than a communion. Charity by all means: but honesty also. Love of course, but love to God as well as love to men, and love of truth as well as love of union. It is exceedingly difficult in these times to preserve one's fidelity before God and one's fraternity among men. Should not the former be preferred to the latter if both cannot be maintained? We think so" - C.H. Spurgeon, The Sword and Trowel, April 1887, p. 196
"Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it ... Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin ... As soon as I saw, or thought I saw, that error had become firmly established, I did not deliberate, but quitted the body at once. Since then my counsel has been 'Come out from among them.' I have felt that no protest could be equal to that of distinct separation from known evil ... That I might not stultify my testimony I have cut myself clear of those who err from the faith, and even from those who associate with them." - C.H. Spurgeon., Drift Of The Times, The Sword and the Trowel, 1888.
"The day will come when those who think they can repair a house which has no foundations will see the wisdom in quitting it altogether. All along we have said that to come out from association with questionable doctrines is the only possible solution of
a difficulty which, however it may be denied, is not to be trifled with by those who are conscious of its terrible reality." - C.H. Spurgeon, The Sword and the Trowel, July 1889.
"Truth is of course to be followed, but error is not to be severely denounced. "Yes," says the world, "be spiritually minded by all means, but do not deny yourself a little frivolity. What's the good of criticizing something when it is so fashionable and everybody does it?" Multitudes of professing Christians yield to this cunning advice to their own eternal ruin. If we would follow the Lord wholly, we must go right away into the wilderness and leave the carnal world behind us. We must leave its maxims, pleasures, and religion and go far away to the place where the Lord calls His sanctified ones." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Come Ye Out From Among Them, Morning By Morning, June 27, pg. 181, Published 1984
"We want a revival of old-fashioned doctrine. I know not a single doctrine which is not at this hour studiously undermined by those who ought to be its defenders. There is not a truth that is precious to the soul which is not now denied by those whose profession it is to proclaim it. To me it is clear that we need a revival of old-fashioned gospel preaching like that of Whitefield and Wesley. The Scriptures must be made the infallible foundation of all teaching; the ruin, redemption and regeneration of mankind must be set forth in unmistakable terms." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Kind Of Revival We Need
"The arch-enemy of truth has invited us to level our walls and take away our fenced cities. He has cajoled some true-hearted but weak-headed believers to advocate this crafty policy . . . `Away with creeds and bodies of divinity!' This is the cry of the day. Ostensibly, it is reverence for the Bible, and attachment to charity which dictates the clamorous denunciation; but at the bottom it is hatred of definitive truth. . . . As Philip of Macedon hated the Grecian orators because they were watchdogs of the flock, so there are wolves who desire the destruction of our doctrinal formularies, that they may make havoc of the souls of men by their pestilent heresies." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon
"Numbers of good brethren in different ways remain in fellowship with those who are undermining the Gospel; and they talk of their conduct as though it were a loving course which the Lord will approve of in the day of His appearing. We cannot understand them. The bounden duty of a true believer towards men who profess to be Christians, and yet deny the Word of the Lord, and reject the fundamentals of the Gospel, is to come out from among them. To stay in a community which fellowships all beliefs in the hope of setting matters right is as though Abraham had stayed at Ur. or at Haran, in the hope of converting the household out of which he was called. Complicity with error will take from the best of men the power to enter any successful protest against it. If any body of believers had errorists among them, but were resolute to deal with them in the name of the Lord, all might come right; but confederacies founded upon the principle that all may enter, whatever views they hold, are based upon disloyalty to the truth of God. If truth is optional, error is justifiable." excerpt from Drift Of The Times - SOUND THE ALARM! by Charles Haddon Spurgeon, 1888 - Spurgeon's statement as to why he separated from the compromising London Baptist Association.
"Ah, my dear brethren, there are many that are deceived by this method of reasoning. They remain where their conscience tells them they ought not to be, because, they say, they are more useful than they would be if they went 'without the camp.' This doing evil that good may come, can never be tolerated by an enlightened conscience. If an act of sin would increase my usefulness tenfold, I have no right to do it; and if an act of righteousness would appear likely to destroy all my apparent usefulness, I am yet to do it. It is yours and mine to do the right though the heavens fall, and follow the command of Christ whatever the consequences may be. 'That is strong meat,' do you say? Be strong men, then, and feed thereon." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, Sermons, pg. 426.
"I have preached God's truth, so far as I know it, and I have not been ashamed of its peculiarities. That I might not stultify my testimony, I have cut myself clear of those who err from the faith, and even from those who associate with them." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, October 1888.
"For Christians to be linked in association with ministries who do not preach the gospel of Christ is to incur moral guilt. A Union which can continue irrespective of whether its member churches belong to a common faith is not fulfilling any scriptural function. The preservation of a denominational association when it is powerless to discipline heretics cannot be justified on the grounds of the preservation of 'Christian unity'... It is error which breaks the unity of churches, and to remain in a denominational alignment which condones error is to support schism." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Forgotten Spurgeon, pp. 164-165.
"Constantly we hear of proposals for union, and truly these are welcome where mere technical matters divide true Christians; but what is the use of pretending to create union where there can be none? There is another matter which needs to be thought of as well as union, and that is TRUTH. To part with truth to show charity is to betray our Lord with a kiss." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Sword and the Trowel, February 1887.
"Believers in Christ's atonement are now in declared union with those who make light of it; believers in Holy Scripture are in confederacy with those who deny plenary inspiration; those who hold evangelical doctrine are in open alliance with those who call the Fall a fable, who deny the personality of the Holy Ghost, who call justification by faith immoral, and hold that there is another probation after death ... Yes, we have before us the wretched spectacle of professedly orthodox Christians publicly avowing their union with those who deny the faith, and scarcely concealing their contempt for those who can not be guilty of such a gross disloyalty to Christ. To be very plain, we are unable to call these things Christian Unions; they begin to look like Confederacies in Evil ... It is our solemn conviction that where there can be no real spiritual communion there should be no pretense of fellowship. Fellowship with known and vital error is participation in sin." - Charles Haddon Spurgeon, The Sword and the Trowel, November 1887.
"This is the suggestion of the present hour: If the world will not come to Jesus....Shall not the church go down to the world? Instead of bidding men to be converted, and come out from among sinners, and be separate from them, let us join with the ungodly world, enter into union with it, and so pervade it with our influence by allowing it to influence us. Let us have a Christian world. Certain ministers are treacherously betraying our holy religion under pretense of adapting it to this present age. The new plan is to assimilate the church to the world by semi-dramatic performances they make the house of prayer to approximate to the theater; they turn their services into musical displays in fact, they exchange the temple for the theater, and turn the ministers of God into actors, whose business it is to amuse men. This then is the proposal. In order to win the world, the Lord Jesus must conform himself, his people, and his Word to the world. I will not dwell on so loathsome a proposal. My dear hearers, how much I long to see you saved!! But I would not belie my Lord, even to win your souls, if they could be won so. The true servant of God is not responsible for success or non-success. Results are in God's hands." - Charles H. Spurgeon
“This would be the first step in apostasy; men first forget the true, and then adore the false.” – C.H. Spurgeon, The Treasury Of David, Psalm 44, vs. 20
“It is a grand thing when God sends a man who can guide others aright; especially when, in times of apostasy and spiritual declension, a leader is given who becomes a guide back to the old paths. We should feel exceedingly grateful whenever, in any place, God raises up a judge to deliver Israel, and when the people serve God all the days of that judge.” – C.H. Spurgeon, Words to Rest On, A Sermon Intended for Reading on Lord's-Day, April 3rd, 1892
“Therefore, despond not when you hear that one minister has ceased to preach the gospel, or that another is fighting against the viral truth of God. Their apostasy shall be to their own loss rather than to the hurt of Jesus and his church; and, sad though it be to see the lamps of the sanctuary put out, yet God is not dependent upon human lights, he is the Shekinah light of his own holy place.” - C.H. Spurgeon, The Star and the Wise Men, A Sermon Delivered on Lord's-Day Morning, December 24th, 1882
"A time will come when instead of shepherds feeding the sheep, the church will have clowns entertaining the goats." - C.H. Spurgeon
"Discernment is not simply a matter of telling the difference between what is right and wrong; rather it is the difference between right and almost right." - Charles Spurgeon
"You know you're over the target when you start getting flak." - Ben Stein, Expelled
"Discernment in Scripture is the skill that enables us to differentiate. It is the ability to see issues clearly. We desperately need to cultivate this spiritual skill that will enable us to know right from wrong. We must be prepared to distinguish light from darkness, truth from error, best from better, righteousness from unrighteousness, purity from defilement, and principles from pragmatics." - J. Stowell, Fan The Flame, Moody, 1986, p. 44
"Sin is rampant in the world today because it is seen as a 'cream puff' instead as of a rattlesnake." - Billy Sunday
“Just as bank tellers need a thorough knowledge of legitimate currency in order to spot counterfeit bills, so Christians need a thorough knowledge of the Bible in order to spot bogus religious teachings. How grounded are you in the Scriptures? How deep are your theological roots? How capable are you of detecting false teachings?” - Charles R. Swindoll, Conquering Through Conflict - A Study Of 2 Peter
"The church has foresaken the truth of the Bible for entertainment and feel good messages..." - Charles Swindoll
"Understand, Jesus was not preaching against wealth, per se. We must no forget that God's promise to Israel included material abundance. However, neither did Jesus preach a "plant-a-seed-of-faith-and-name-your-blessing" gospel of health and wealth. Christianity is not and never has been a greedy get-rich scheme. A warning is in order. Reject any teaching that even suggests material wealth, physical health or favorable circumstances have anything to do with the amount of faith you have or how pleased God happens to be with you. And beware those who teach that financial donations will unlock an endless abundance of God's blessings. They are false shepherds who will rob you of your money and destroy your relationship with God. The "faith" they proclaim is a toxic faith." - Charles Swindoll, The Greatest Life Of All - Jesus, pgs. 68-69
PREYING HEALERS -- I hope you don’t mind my imaginative retelling of that story. But when I turn on the television and see the mockery that some have made of divine healing. I sometimes have to remind myself that neither Jesus nor His disciples were like that. “Word-faith” healers cleverly couch their money—making schemes in pious-sounding theology while claiming to he instruments of Gods power and grace. How insulting! In reality, they prey upon those made vulnerable by the pain of illness; they have perfected the fine art of balancing hope and guilt in order to convert suffering into profit Make no mistake -- it has nothing to do with compassion and everything to do with cash. Let me be clear from the start. I absolutely and unreservably believe in divine healing. Divine healers, however, are nothing more than a modern day version of the temple tricksters I described in the previous chapter. And more than two thouseand years later, their methods have changed but their motivation remeins the same. Money. - Charles Swindoll, The Greatest Life Of All - Jesus, pgs. 127-128
"The inconsistencies of Christian people who, while professing to believe their Bibles, were yet content to live just as they would if there were no such Book, [has always] been one of the strongest arguments of my skeptical companions." - Hudson Taylor
JAMES HENRY THORNWELL
"To employ soft words and honeyed phrases in discussing questions of everlasting importance; to deal with errors that strike at the foundations of all human hope as if they were harmless and venial mistakes; to bless where God disapproves, and to make apologies where He calls us to stand up like men and assert, though it may be the aptest method of securing popular applause in a sophistical age, is cruelty to man and treachery to Heaven. Those who on such subjects attach more importance to the rules of courtesy than they do to the measures of truth do not defend the citadel, but betray it into the hands of its enemies. Love for Christ, and for the souls for whom He died, will be the exact measure of our zeal in exposing the dangers by which men's souls are ensnared." - James Henry Thornwell
"The true ground of most men's prejudice against the Christian doctrine is because they have no mind to obey it." - John Tillotson
"We modern Christians are long on talk and short on conduct." - A.W. Tozer, Born After Midnight, p. 32
"Faith is good only when it engages truth; when it is made to rest upon falsehood it can and often does lead to eternal tragedy." - A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day by Day, 1950
"Much of our difficulty as seeking Christians stems from our unwillingness to take God as He is and adjust our lives accordingly. We insist upon trying to modify Him and bring Him nearer to our own image." - A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
"The truth is that the Bible does not teach that there will be new light and advanced spiritual experiences in the latter days; it teaches the exact opposite! Nothing in Daniel or the New Testament epistles can be tortured into advocating the idea that we of the end of the Christian era shall enjoy light that was not known at its beginning." - A.W. Tozer, Spiritual Authority: The Word and the Testimony, 1950
"Men who refuse to worship the true God now worship themselves with tender devotion." - A.W. Tozer, The Divine Conquest, pg. 52.
"Beware of any man who claims to be wiser than the apostles or holier than the martyrs of the Early Church. The best way to deal with him is to rise and leave his presence. You cannot help him and he surely cannot help you." - A.W. Tozer, How To Try The Spirits from Man The Dwelling Place Of God
"A generation of Christians reared among push buttons and automatic machines is impatient of slower and less direct methods of reaching their goals. We have been trying to apply machine-age methods to our relations with God. We read our chapter, have our short devotions, and rush away, hoping to make up for our deep inward bankruptcy by attending another gospel meeting or listening to another thrilling story told by a religious adventurer lately returned from afar. The tragic results of this spirit are all about us. Shallow lives, hollow religious philosophies, the preponderance of the element of fun in gospel meetings, the glorification of men, trust in religious externalities, quasi-religious fellowships, salesmanship methods, the mistaking of dynamic personality for the power of the Spirit; these and such as these are the symptoms of an evil disease, a deep and serious malady of the soul." - A. W. Tozer, The Pursuit of God
"I am a Bible Christian and if an archangel with a wingspread as broad as a constellation shining like the sun were to come and offer me some new truth, I'd ask him for a reference. If he could not show me where it is found in the Bible, I would bow out and say, I'm awfully sorry, you don't bring any references with you". - A.W. Tozer
"Prayer is never an acceptable substitute for obedience. The sovereign Lord accepts no offering from His creatures that is not accompanied by obedience. To pray for revival while ignoring or actually flouting the plain precept laid down in the Scriptures is to waste a lot of words and get nothing for our trouble." - A.W. Tozer, Of God and Men, 52.
"What comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us." - A.W. Tozer, The Knowledge of the Holy, pg. 7.
"The constantly recurring question must be: What shall we unite with and from what shall we separate? The question of coexistence does not enter here, but the question of union and fellowship does. The wheat grows in the same field as the tares, but shall the two cross-pollinate? The sheep graze near the goats, but shall they seek to interbreed? The unjust and the just enjoy the same rain and sunshine, but shall they forget their deep moral differences and intermarry? ... The Spirit-illuminated church will have none of this" - A.W. Tozer, The Best of A.W. Tozer, p. 72
"We have gotten accustomed to the blurred puffs of gray fog that pass for doctrine in churches and expect nothing better. From some previously unimpeachable sources are now coming vague statements consisting of a milky admixture of Scripture, science, and human sentiment that is true to none of its ingredients because each one works to cancel the others out. Little by little Christians these days are being brainwashed. One evidence is that increasing numbers of them are becoming ashamed to be found unequivocally on the side of truth. They say they believe, but their beliefs have been so diluted as to be impossible of clear definition. Moral power has always accompanied definite beliefs. Great saints have always been dogmatic. We need a return to a gentle dogmatism that smiles while it stands stubborn and firm on the Word of God that lives and abides forever." - A. W. Tozer
"That evangelism which draws friendly parallels between the ways of God and the ways of men is false to the Bible and cruel to the souls of its bearers. The faith of Christ does not parallel the world, it intersects it. In coming to Christ we do not bring our old life up onto a higher plane; we leave it at the cross. The corn of wheat must fall into the ground and die." - A.W. Tozer, Man: The Dwelling Place Of God, 1946, Published 1966
"A good rule is this: Nothing that comes from God will minister to my pride or self-congratulation. If I am tempted to be complacent and to feel superior because of an advanced spiritual experience, I should go at once to my knees and repent of the
whole thing. I have fallen a victim to the enemy! " - A.W. Tozer, Self Does Not Die Without Our Full Consent, Renewed Day By Day, July 11
"The man that believes will obey; failure to obey is convincing proof that there is no true faith present." - A.W. Tozer, Man the Dwelling Place of God, 33.
"We must do something about the cross, and one of two things only we can do--flee it or die upon it." - A.W. Tozer, The Root of the Righteous, pg. 63.
"In our day you can find plenty of men and women in all walks of life who live like the devil while insisting that they are "sensitive" to religion!" - A.W. Tozer, Sensitive To Religion -- But Living Like The Devil, Renewed Day By Day, 1950
"When large numbers of adherents in the Christian churches come to believe that God is different from what He actually is, that concept becomes heresy of the most insidious and deadly kind!" - A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day Vol. 2, April 10
"With Bibles under their arms and bundles of tracts in their pockets, religious persons now meet to carry on “services” so carnal, so pagan, that they can hardly be distinguished from the old vaudeville shows of earlier days. And for a preacher or a writer to challenge this heresy is to invite ridicule and abuse from every quarter." - A. W. Tozer, The Quotable Tozer, Religion, E19
"Of all forms of deception self-deception is the most deadly, and of all deceived persons the self-deceived are the least likely to discover the fraud!" - A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day Vol. 1, July 13
"Deception has always been an effective weapon and is deadliest when used in the field of religion. Our Lord warned against this when He said, "Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves" (Matthew 7:15). These words have been turned into a Proverb known around the world, and still we continue to be taken in by the wolves." - A. W. Tozer, The Way Of Christ Is Still Narrow, God Tells The One Who Cares, par. 4
"I have also met the kind of disciples who seemed to be Christians because of the cult of personality. They had been overwhelmed and charmed by a big dose of winsome personality. You cannot deny that when some people flash their broad smiles, their faces radiate charm and people want to follow them immediately." - A.W.Tozer, Beware The Cult Of Personality, Faith Beyond Reason, Chapter 1
"Whoever, for whatever reason, denies the finality of the biblical revelation and insists upon a continuing revelation having the same authority as the sacred Scriptures has shut himself out from the name of Christian! He is simply not a Christian in the scriptural and historic meaning of the word." - A.W.Tozer, Renewed Day By Day Vol. 1, April 16
"There are areas of Christian thought-and because of thought then also of life, where likenesses and differences are so difficult to distinguish that we are often hard put to escape complete deception! Throughout the whole world error and truth travel the same highways, work in the same fields and factories, attend the same churches, fly in the same planes and shop in the same stores. So skilled is error at imitating truth that the two are constantly being mistaken for each other. It takes a sharp eye these days to know which brother is Cain and which is Abel!" - A. W. Tozer, Renewed Day By Day Vol. 1, September 23
"Almost all of the major religions are friendly to Him, and even those who do not own His deity are respectful toward Him. Practically every cult finds a place for Him somewhere in its system. Philosophy, psychology, science-all quote Him with approval. Big business, which operates according to principles exactly opposite to everything He taught, continually genuflects before him. The entertainment world purrs over Him, and the image of Him it projects is always warm and attractive. His name carries a charm for politicians and prize fighters, as well as for Scout leaders and P.T.A. presidents. He is the one figure that consistently overshadows such historical heroes as Abraham Lincoln and such current celebrities as Dag Hammarskjold and Albert Schweitzer. His prestige remains consistently at the top, no matter who may for the moment be getting the headlines. Yet the teachings of Christ are wholly contrary to the beliefs of the modern world." - A.W. Tozer, The Popularity Of Christ, The Warfare Of The Spirit, par. 2
"A heretic is not a man who denies all of the truth, he’s just a very persnickety man who picks out what he likes and rejects the rest. Heresy means I take what I like and I reject what I don’t like." - A.W. Tozer, The Chief End of Man, Sermon #3, Toronto, 1962
"Heresy is not so much rejecting as selecting. The heretic simply selects the parts of the Scripture he wants to emphasize and lets the rest go. This is shown by the etymology of the word heresy and by the practice of the heretic. “Beware,” an editorial scribe of the fourteenth century warned his readers in the preface to a book. “Beware thou take not one thing after thy affection and liking, and leave another: for that is the condition of an heretique. But take everything with other.” The old scribe knew well how prone we are to take to ourselves those parts of the truth that please us and ignore the other parts. And that is heresy." - A. W. Tozer, We Travel An Appointed Way, Heresy Among The Saints, Chapter 19, pg. 52
"With large blocks of evangelicals praying and preaching like Christians while they live and talk like worldlings, how much longer may we expect them to remain evangelical? Apostasy always begins with the conduct. First there is a wrong orientation of the life, a facing toward the lost world with yearning and enjoyment; later there comes a gradual surrender of the truth itself and a slipping back into unbelief. That has happened to individuals and denominations and it can happen to the whole present evangelical communion if it is not checked before it is too late." – A.W. Tozer, The Set Of The Sail, Facing Both Ways, Par. 8
"I believe that Jesus meant to shake us up! I believe that He meant for us to consider seriously what it would mean and what it would cost to keep our lamps trimmed and burning brightly in a time of great lawlessness and apostasy. Our Lord knew that in these times there would be those in our churches who are just highly groomed show-pieces of Christianity—middle class and well-to-do, satisfied with a religious life that costs them nothing." – A.W. Tozer, We Put Jesus On The Cross, What Is It Costing You To Be A Christian?, Pars. 1-2
"If we are concerned and praying Christians, we will remember a pattern. When a church weakens in any generation, failing to carry out the purposes of God, it will depart from the faith altogether in the next generation. That is how declension comes in the church. That is how apostasy comes. That is how the fundamentals of the faith are neglected. That is how the liberal and uncertain views concerning sound Christian doctrine surface. It is a serious and tragic matter that a church can actually fail. The point of failure will come when it is no longer a Christian church. The believers who remain will know that the glory has departed." – A.W. Tozer,Whatever Happened To Worship, Churches That Fail God Fail Also In Worship, Pars. 34-36
"Many tender-minded Christians fear to sin against love by daring to inquire into anything that comes wearing the cloak of Christianity and breathing the name of Jesus. They dare not examine the credentials of the latest prophet to hit their town lest they be guilty of rejecting something which may be of God. They timidly remember how the Pharisees refused to accept Christ when He came, and they do not want to be caught in the same snare, so they either reserve judgment or shut their eyes and accept everything without question. This is supposed to indicate a high degree of spirituality. But in sober fact it indicates no such thing. It may indeed be evidence of the absence of the Holy Spirit. Gullibility is not synonymous with spirituality. Faith is not a mental habit leading its possessor to open his mouth and swallow everything that has about it the color of the supernatural. Faith keeps its heart open to whatever is of God, and rejects everything that is not of God, however wonderful it may be. Try the spirits is a command of the Holy Spirit to the Church. We may sin as certainly by approving the spurious as by rejecting the genuine. And the current habit of refusing to take sides is not the way to avoid the question. To appraise things with a heart of love and then to act on the results is an obligation resting upon every Christian in the world. And the more as we see the day approaching." - A.W. Tozer
"There are few things in religious circles held in greater esteem than eloquence. Yet there are few things of less actual value or that bring with them greater temptation or more harm. One qualification everyone expects a preacher to have is the ability to discourse fluently on almost any religious or moral subject. Yet such ability is at best a doubtful asset and unless brought to Christ for cleansing may easily turn out to be the greatest enemy the preacher faces here below. The man who finds that he is able to preach on a moment's notice should accept his ability as an obstacle over which he must try to get victory before he is at his best for God and His Kingdom." - A. W. Tozer
"Unity without verity is no better than conspiracy." - Puritan John Trapp as cited in The Golden Treasury of Puritan Quotations, p. 304
“I have come to the conclusion that one of the most serious and least recognized problems we face in overseas missions is that of proliferation of cults...” - Ruth Tucker, Author "From Jerusalem To Irian Jaya"
"Most people are bothered by those passages in scriptures which they cannot understand. But for me, I always notice that the passages in scripture which trouble me the most are those that I do understand." - Mark Twain
ALEXANDER FRASER TYTLER
"A democracy is always temporary in nature; it simply cannot exist as a permanent form of government. A democracy will continue to exist up until the time that voters discover that they can vote themselves generous gifts from the public treasury. From that moment on, the majority always votes for the candidates who promise the most benefits from the public treasury, with the result that every democracy will finally collapse due to loose fiscal policy, which is always followed by a dictatorship. ... The average age of the worlds greatest civilizations from the beginning of history, has been about 200 years. During those 200 years, these nations always progressed through the following sequence: from Bondage to spiritual faith; from spiritual faith to great courage; from courage to liberty; from liberty to abundance; from abundance to complacency; from complacency to apathy; from apathy to dependence; from dependence back into bondage." - Alexander Fraser Tytler, Scottish history professor at The University of Edinborough, The Fall of The Athenian Republic, 1787
JEWEL (VAN DER MERWE) GREWE
"When we leave the parameters of the Word of God, we drift onto The Sea of Subjectivity. In this Sea, spirituality becomes relative to whatever new revelation or vision that comes forth." - Jewel van der Merwe, The Sea Of Subjectivity, Discernment Ministries Newsletter, March/April 1999
"It is obvious that we are living in times of great spiritual naivete. The church has strayed so far from the pure Word of God, she no longer recognizes that her place in the world is to be "salt" and "light". Instead, of salt and light, she has allowed pernicious doctrines to enter into her midst which have become like "leaven" which is quickly leavening the whole lump." - Jewel Grewe, The Prophets Rise Again, 8/01
"As long as people believe in absurdities they will continue to commit atrocities." - Voltaire
C. PETER WAGNER
"... we ought to see clearly that the end DOES justify the means. What else possible could justify the means? If the method I am using accomplishes the goal I am aiming at, it is for that reason a good method. If, on the other hand, my method is not accomplishing the goal, how can I be justified in continuing to use it?" (C. Peter Wagner, "Your Church Can Grow - Seven Vital Signs Of A Healthy Church", 1976, pg. 137. - emphasis in original)
DANIEL B. WALLACE
"Evangelical Christians base their lives on the Bible. We believe that the Bible is God's Word and that it is therefore authoritative for us in matters of faith and practice. The Bible indicates the great truths of who God is, how we can relate to him, how we can understand ourselves and the world. In short, the Bible contains the words of life. Believers use it to guide them in discerning God's will, from the monumental to the mundane. We read it to gain hope as well as to glean truth. It affects our beliefs, attitudes, and behavior. In short, the Bible is our pipeline to heaven: without it, we are adrift, unprotected in a hostile place." - Daniel B. Wallace, Th.M, Ph.D., Scripture Twisting, 1996
"If criticism has made such discoveries as to necessitate the abandonment of the doctrine of plenary inspiration, it is not enough to say that we are compelled to abandon only a "particular theory of inspiration. .." We must go on to say that that "particular theory of inspiration" is the theory of the apostles and of the Lord, and that in abandoning it we are abandoning them." - B. B. Warfield, The Inspiration and Authority of the Bible
"Knowledge without repentance will be but a torch to light men to hell." - Thomas Watson
"(I have heard) a great noise in Wales, where some congregations, after the preaching is over, are in the habit of giving out the verse of a hymn. This they sing over and over with all their might ...perhaps above thirty, yea, forty times. Meanwhile bodies of two or three, sometimes ten or twelve, are violently agitated, and leap up and down, in all manner of postures, frequently for hours together. There needs to be no great penetration to understand this. They are honest, upright men, who really feel the love of God in their hearts. But they have little experience, either of the ways of God, or the devices of Satan. So he [Satan] serves himself of their simplicity in order to wear them out, and bring discredit on the Work of God." - John Wesley, 1763
JOHN WHITCOMB, JR.
"Diversity and division is infinitely more precious than a satanic unity. The problem God's people are facing today: Satan wants unity in what? -- in error. God would infinitely prefer division because of truth. Do you know what Jesus said in Matthew 10? He said, 'I have come not to bring peace, not to bring unity, but to bring division, to set a son against his father, a daughter against her mother, so that people within their own households will be enemies of each other.' That is what Jesus said he came to do ... God's smashing of satanic ecumenical unity was an incredible blessing [Genesis 11: the Tower of Babel] ... The potential for satanic depravity is infinite, as long as what continues? -- a unity in error -- organized blasphemy. Measure this friends. Grasp it. Satan will, in his brief hour, at the end of this world, be given his opportunity to demonstrate what total unity is like in the human race, when every person will have a mark on the forehead or right hand, and will walk lockstep under incredible blasphemy ... You say, 'We want unity.' Oh, really? What kind of unity? 'We want all the churches to get together.' Oh, really? You mean in error, in confusion, in heresy? That is, dear friends, the ecumenical movement of our hour, in which all the great denominations and all the great church leaders are becoming more and more unified. In what? -- in compromise and theological error; and this is the ultimate horror" - John Whitcomb Jr. from Human Races, a message delivered at Indian Hills Community Church, Lincoln, Nebraska, Fall of 1984
"There is a great host of preachers who have literally cast aside the message of the cross of Jesus Christ! Be warned: It doesn't matter what anyone tells you about a great "revival" or moving of the Spirit taking place; it doesn't matter how many multitudes are involved, or how loud their praises are; it doesn't matter how "successful" a particular ministry may appear to be. If the cross of Jesus Christ is not the door through which people come, you can rest assured - it is not a work of God!" - David Wilkerson, They Have Done Away With The Cross!, 1996
DR. CLIFFORD WILSON
I know of no finding in archaeology that’s properly confirmed which is in opposition to the Scriptures. The Bible is the most accurate history textbook the world has ever seen. - Dr Clifford Wilson (1923-2012) was an Australian young-earth creationist archaeologist, author, and psycholinguist. He was the Director of the Australian Institute of Archaeology from 1967-70 and also served as senior lecturer at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He was widely known as an educator and lecturer.
"I have never seasoned a truth with the sauce of a lie in order to digest it more easily." - Marguerite Yourcenar
"Truth cannot be sacrificed at the altar of a pretended tolerance." - Ravi Zacharias
(So the question is: If Ravi believes this why did Ravi participate in apologizing to Mormons for evangelizing them? Read this.)