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Sudden conversion? You can become a Christian in a moment, but not a mature Christian. Christ can enter, cleanse and forgive you in a matter of seconds, but it will take much longer for your character to be transformed and molded to his will. It takes only a few minutes for a bride and bridegroom to be married, but in the rough-and-tumble of their home it may take many years for two strong wills to be dovetailed into one. So when we receive Christ, a moment of commitment will lead to a lifetime of adjustment. --- John Stott
It was Russia which led the way to aid the persecuted Christians of the Middle East. It is Russia that defends 'family values' and confronts the secular zeitgeist of moral relativity with an appeal to conservatism. Putin is on a crusade. If millions of your anti-Western co-religionists appeal to you for spiritual liberty, you don't ignore their cries: their salvation is your vocation. --– Archbishop Cranmer Blog
Nature fulfilled. Conversion, although supernatural in origin, is natural in its effects. It does not distrust nature, but fulfils it, for it puts me where I belong. It relates me to God, to man and to history. It enables me to answer the most basic of all human questions, 'Who am I?' and to say, 'In Christ I am a son of God. In Christ I am united to all the redeemed people of God, past, present and future. In Christ I discover my identity. In Christ I find my feet. In Christ I come home.' --- John R. W. Stott
All over Europe we see Islam on the rise and Christianity on the decline. Many European nations have actually deliberately aided and abetted this process, and they are now reaping the whirlwind. However, a few nations are beginning to wake up - and hopefully it is not too late. --- Bill Muehlenberg
I do not know whether modern civilization may or may not have a decline as well as a progress, a fall as well as an up rise; but if it be so, it will be because Christianity has been overpowered, and unbelief taken its place, and let loose the base herd of human passions from their foul den. --- R. Payne-Smith, Bampton Lectures, 1869
Our first duty is not to expand the boundaries of the Church but to expound the Word of the Lord and entrust the outcome to him. He adds to his Church, not our schemes of relaxation-of-precept and bogus attempts at reconciliation of alien notions and behaviors. --- Rev. Roger Salter
Nominal Christianity. The Christian landscape is strewn with the wreckage of derelict, half-built towers -- the ruins of those who began to build and were unable to finish. For thousands of people still ignore Christ's warning and undertake to follow him without first pausing to reflect on the cost of doing so. The result is the great scandal of Christendom today, so-called 'nominal Christianity'. --- John R.W. Stott
"Though long-recognized in church and civil law, marriage did not originate in church or state but in nature. Long before nations or organized religions, the institution of marriage existed as the union of one man and one woman." --- Roman Catholic Bishops Paul S. Loverde and Frank X. DiLorenzo
If we are in Christ, personally and organically united to him, God blesses us with enormous blessings -- a new status (we are put right with him), a new life (we are renewed by the Holy Spirit) and a new community (we are members of God's family). But how does it happen? We have to come in penitence and faith to Jesus Christ, and commit ourselves to him. It is thus that God unites us to Christ. And this union with him is publicly dramatized in baptism, for to be baptized, Paul wrote, is to be 'baptized into Christ' (Gal. 3:27). --- John R.W. Stott
The big deal is that strictures against homosexuality are rooted far more deeply in the Judeo-Christian tradition than racism ever was. Yes, slavery is found throughout the Scriptures and comes in for criticism only, at best, by implication. But race-based slavery — and the racism that made it possible and continues to infect ideas and institutions throughout the West to this day — receives no explicit endorsement from the Bible. --- Damon Linker
"One of the most cowardly things ordinary people do is to shut their eyes to facts" --- C.S. Lewis
Our culture has accepted two huge lies. The first is that if you disagree with someone's lifestyle, you must fear them or hate them. The second is that to love someone means you agree with everything they believe or do. Both are nonsense. You don't have to compromise convictions to be compassionate. --- Pastor Rick Warren
The verdict now. Justification is a legal or forensic term, belonging to the law courts. Its opposite is condemnation. Both are the pronouncements of a judge. In a Christian context they are the alternative eschatological verdicts which God the judge may pass on judgment day. So when God justifies sinners today, he anticipates his own final judgment by bringing into the present what belongs properly to the last day. --- John R.W. Stott
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