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The church worldwide may be growing in numbers but, sadly, it's "growth without depth." We're suffering in character from a "lack of godliness and integrity." --- From The Radical Disciple by John R. W. Stott
'Refusing to let God be gracious'. There are large numbers of people who ... are seeking to commend themselves to God by their own works. They think it noble to try to win their way to God and to heaven. But it is not noble; it is dreadfully ignoble. For, in effect, it is to deny both the nature of God and the mission of Christ. It is to refuse to let God be gracious. It is to tell Christ that he need not have bothered to die. For both the grace of God and the death of Christ become redundant, if we are masters of our own destiny and can save ourselves. --- John R.W. Stott
Only through Christ. Self-salvation is impossible. We know that Jesus Christ is the only Saviour (because he alone has the necessary qualifications, as we have seen), and that salvation is by God's grace alone, on the ground of Christ's cross alone, by faith alone. What we do not know, however, is exactly how much knowledge and understanding of the gospel people need before they can cry to God for mercy and be saved. In the Old Testament, people were certainly 'justified by grace through faith', even though they had little knowledge or expectation of Christ. Perhaps there are others today in a somewhat similar position. They know they are sinful and guilty before God, and that they cannot do anything to win his favour, so in self-despair they call upon the God they dimly perceive to save them. If God does save such, as many evangelical Christians tentatively believe, their salvation is still only by grace, only through Christ, only by faith. --- John R.W. Stott
A new Gospel? Some modern theologians argue that we must have a new gospel for this new world. The old-fashioned gospel will no longer do. It is out of date, irrelevant. It must be discarded and replaced. In contrast to this, it is refreshing to read the view expressed in "Towards the Conversion of England". At the head of chapter II is William Temple's statement: 'The Gospel is true always and everywhere, or it is not a Gospel at all, or true at all.' --- The Rev. John R.W. Stott
Sentimentality has blunted the blade of the gospel sword. --- Rev. Roger Salter
I see clearly that the thing the Church needs most today is the ability to heal wounds and to warm the hearts of the faithful; it needs nearness, proximity, I see the church as a field hospital after battle. In pastoral ministry we must accompany people, and we must heal their wounds –-- Rev. Paul N. Check
If the Church is brought into being by the gospel its life and governance must also be shaped above all else by the gospel. --- Kenyan Archbishop Eliud Wabukala
The fundamental questions in every religion are the same. By what authority do we believe and teach what we believe and teach? By what means can sinful men and women be reconciled to God, or 'saved'? --- John R.W. Stott
"Hell is truth known too late." --- Bishop J.C. Ryle
"And can the liberties of a nation be thought secure when we have removed their only firm basis, a conviction in the minds of the people that these liberties are the gift of God? That they are not to be violated but with his wrath? Indeed I tremble for my country when I reflect that God is just: that his justice cannot sleep forever." --- Thomas Jefferson, Notes on the State of Virginia, Query 18, 1781
The service of ourselves. Our fallen human nature is incurably self-centered, and pride is the elemental human sin, whether the form it takes is self-importance, self-confidence, self-assertion or self-righteousness. If we human beings were left to our own self-absorption, even our religion would be pressed into the service of ourselves. Instead of being the vehicle for the selfless adoration of God, our piety would become the base on which we would presume to approach God and to attempt to establish a claim on him. The ethnic religions all seem to degenerate thus, and so does Christianity. –-- John R.W. Stott
Pharisaism. Pharisaism haunts the churches of the West ... It ruins true religion, for reality is an indispensable condition of God's blessing. We must be more honest before God, more open with each other and more real in ourselves if we are to expect God to use us. --- John R.W. Stott
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