Archive for the ‘Quotes’ category

Repentance must keep pace

October 10, 2009

“With every increase of mercy you receive from God there will be an accompanying increase of responsibility. . . . As you grow in grace and in the knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ and receive more and more of His mercies with each passing day, your repentance must keep pace.  Any failure here is an open demonstration of a lack of love and appreciation for the boundless mercies of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Tragic is the case of any individual whose repentance does not increase with the gifts and graces of God he daily receives.”

– Richard Owen Roberts, Repentance: The First Word of the Gospel, 297.

Our repentance has to be enlarged

October 6, 2009

“We need to realize that while God’s acceptance of each Christian believer is perfect from the start, our repentance always needs to be extended further as long as we are in this world.  Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.”

– J.I. Packer, Keep in Step with the Spirit: Finding Fullness in Our Walk with God, 87.

“What Does Your Heart Say About Christ?” Sibbes and Piper on the Affections

January 24, 2008

“The soul is never quiet till it comes to God . . . and that is the one thing the soul desireth.”
– Richard Sibbes, “A Breathing After God,” in Works. Vol. 2:217-18.

“A man knows no more in religion than he loves and embraceth with the affections of his soul.”
– Richard Sibbes, “Fountain Opened,” in Works. Vol. 5:478.

“The Christian will desire to see the beauty of God in his house, that his soul might be ravished in the excellency of the object, and that the highest powers of his soul, his understanding, will, and affections might be fully satisfied, that he might have full contentment.”
– Richard Sibbes, “A Breathing After God,” in Works. Vol. 2:237-38.

“Therefore, when we find our heart inflamed with love to God, we may know that God hath shined upon our souls in the pardon of sin; and proportionally to our measure of love is our assurance of pardon.  Therefore we should labour for a greater measure thereof, that our hearts may be the more inflamed in the love of God.”
– Richard Sibbes, “The Returning Backslider,” in Works. Vol. 2:264.

“The brain could not give convincing witness to conversion because religion could be well known to the understanding, and yet a stranger in the heart.  Such was the case with hypocrites.”
– Mark Dever, quoting Richard Sibbes, “Divine Meditations and Holy Contemplations,”  in Works. Vol. 7:200-01.

“God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in Him.”
– John Piper

What Others Have Said About Richard Sibbes

January 14, 2008

“I shall never cease to be grateful to . . . Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period of my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onslaughts of the devil. . . . I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as ‘The Heavenly Doctor Sibbes” was an unfailing remedy . . . The Bruised Reed . . . quietened, soothed, comforted, encouraged, and healed me.”

– Dr. D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones

“Sibbes never wastes the student’s time; he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.”

– Charles H. Spurgeon

“Of this blest man, let this just praise be given: heaven was in him, before he was in heaven.”

– Izaak Walton (contemporary of Sibbes)

“No man that ever I was acquainted with got so far into my heart or lay so close therein.”

– Zachary Catlin (contemporary of Sibbes)

“His theology is thoroughly orthodox, of course, but it is like the fuel of some great combustion engine, always passing into flame and so being converted into energy thereby to serve God and, even more, to enjoy and relish God with the soul.”

– Maurice Roberts

“No writings in practical theology seem to have been so much read in the mid-seventeenth century among the pious English middle classes as those of Sibbes.”

– David Masson

“Sibbes sermons were the most brilliant and popular of all the utterances of the Puritan church militant.”

– William Haller

“Sibbes concentrated on exploring the love, power, and patience of Christ, and the riches of the promises of God. He was a pioneer in working out the devotional application of the doctrine of God’s covenant of grace.”

– J.I. Packer

Quote(s) of the Week 4

September 29, 2007

If you can assume that merely showing up at church is a minimum indicator of spiritual life then it is not too much to conclude that over half of our denomination’s 16.3 million members are spiritually dead.

Tom Ascol

It seems increasingly clear that the new kind of Christian McLaren seeks is no kind of Christian at all. The church on the other side of his reinvention is a church devoid of the glorious gospel of Christ’s atoning death. It is a church utterly stripped of its power because it is a church stripped of the gospel message. McLaren’s new gospel is a social gospel, a liberal gospel and, in fact, no gospel at all. This Emerging Church has managed to do something remarkable–it has emerged into something the church has already seen, has already wrestled with, and has already defeated. The Emerging Church has gone suicidal.

Tim Challies

Well Christian blogs should not be for self-promotion. It is disturbing that far too many Christian blogs are shamelessly pushing self and not seeing the potential for kingdom expansion via the blogosphere. Everything from personal agendas to personal stuff is being pushed. But here, as everywhere else, we must shape our interaction in the public square by humility.

Nor are blogs a place for covertly forgetting the Christian duty to be gentle. Far too many blogs are rude and full of vitriol. And all in the name of boldness for Christ! God forbid that Christian blogs be like such. As Jonathan Edwards–no wimp!–once said, Christian piety is a sweet flame.

Michael Haykin

(of Rob Bell’s denial of the virgin birth of Jesus Christ)
“The question that begs to be answered is, ‘Do we lose anything if we lose the virgin birth of Jesus Christ?’ To the Lord Jesus, [such doubt] is insulting. First of all, Mary said that she was a virgin. If she was really a lying whore, that does change the story. Because if the lying whore raises a young boy who says He is God, why believe the extravagant claims of the child of a lying whore? Following the resurrection, Jesus’ mother Mary was with the disciples worshipping Him as God as part of the early church. Why would we believe the testimony of the resurrection of Jesus from a lying whore?

Mark Driscoll

“Most people go through life concerned that others will think too little of them. Paul was concerned that others would think too much of him.”

– D.A. Carson (via Naselli)

Above all, we must not conclude that God is unjust because He chooses to bestow grace on some but not to everyone. God is never to be measured by what seems fair to human judgment. Are we so foolish as to assume that we who are fallen, sinful creatures have a higher standard of what is right than an unfallen and infinitely, eternally holy God? What kind of pride is that?

John MacArthur

Tech researcher Gartner Inc. reported earlier this year that 200 million people have given up blogging, more than twice as many as are active.

Ted Olsen

Quote(s) of the Week 3

September 22, 2007

“No truth which human beings may articulate can ever be articulated in a culture-transcending way—but that does not mean that the truth thus articulated does not transcend culture.”

D.A. Carson

So I’m not singing to Jesus that I’m in love with him, because I’m not. I love him, and I aspire to loving him with all my heart, soul, mind, and strength. But I do not aspire to being in love with him, and I’m sure he understands.

I wish our worship leaders and songwriters did, too.

John Stackhouse

Quote(s) of the Week 2

September 14, 2007

There is nothing more important for the health of the church today than pastors, churches, leaders, young people and even children coming to a fresh understanding and appreciation of the Gospel. Until what we do is vitally and deeply rooted in what we believe and confess, evangelicalism- especially in my tradition- will increasingly become a movement of shallow pragmatists producing disciples without serious depth, love for God or commitment to the Lord Jesus Christ.

Michael Spencer

“Lastly, and only lastly, Homiletics. This to me is almost an abomination. There are books bearing such titles as The Craft of Sermon Construction, and The Craft of Sermon Illustration. That is, to me, prostitution. Homiletics just comes in, but no more. What about preaching as such, the act of preaching of which I have spoken? There is only one thing to say about this; it cannot be taught. That is impossible. Preachers are born, not made. This is an absolute.You will never teach a man to be a preacher if he is not already one. All your books such as The A.B.C. of Preaching, or Preaching Made Easy should be thrown into the fire as soon as possible. But if a man is a born preacher you can help him a little — but not much. He can perhaps be improved a little here and there” (Lloyd-Jones, Preachers and Preaching, pp. 118-119).

– D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones via Doug Wilson

Most churches make the mistake of selecting as leaders the confident, the competent, and the successful. But what you most need in a leader is someone who has been broken by the knowledge of his or her sin, and even greater knowledge of Jesus’ costly grace. The number one leaders in every church ought to be the people who repent the most fully without excuses, because you don’t need any now; the most easily without bitterness; the most publicly and the most joyfully. They know their standing isn’t based on their performance.

– Tim Keller via David Wayne

Paul was willing to take a beating for the church because Jesus submitted to a brutal murder “to make her (the church) holy, cleansing her in the washing of water by the word. He did this to present the church to Himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but holy and blameless.” (Ephesians 5:26-27 HCSB) Seems like fewer and fewer people are willing to take the church seriously, let alone take a beating for her…

Today’s collective church made up of thousands of local churches is so distracted by anger at each other: emerging churches are mad at mega-churches; contemporary churches are mad at traditional churches; Arminian churches are mad Calvinistic churches; et cetera, et cetera, et cetera. There are of course exceptions and I’m making an overarching statement that unfortunately is becoming truer by the day. On a daily basis, we witness the attack blogs where we can attack other churches like the pajamahadeen: sitting in pajamas, not reaching anyone, but being an expert on how everyone else is wrong… Isn’t it ironic that the very remedy for our sinking, drifting Christianity is found in the very institution we are walking away from, weakening and marginalizing? We have the institution through which the Risen Christ plans to capture the hearts of rebellious men yet we scamper here and there after some wispy spiritual experience. Amazing… Now, let me say that the church is not the center of God’s plan. Jesus is. But, the church is central to God’s plan. Jesus places the church in a position of great importance… If you claim to be a disciple of Jesus, then love his wife. Don’t be guilty of going to great lengths to show your love for Christ while ignoring, marginalizing, or attacking the Bride.

Ed Stetzer