We who preach the gospel must not think of ourselves as public relations agents sent to establish good will between Christ and the world. We must not imagine ourselves commissioned to make Christ acceptable to big business, the press, the world of sports or modern education. We are not diplomats but prophets, and our message is not a compromise but an ultimatum. A.W. Tozer
Therefore let God-inspired Scripture decide between us; and on whichever side be found doctrines in harmony with the word of God, in favor of that side will be cast the vote of truth. --Basil of Caesarea
Once you learn to discern, there's no going back. You will begin to spot the lie everywhere it appears.

I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has strengthened me, because He considered me faithful, putting me into service. 1 Timothy 1:12

Monday, April 11, 2011

Love Not the World - Show Them the Church is Different

The tragedy is that in many quarters the Church has accommodated itself to the spirit, methods and ways of this worldly age, and is consequently crippled in its spiritual influence and power.  No particular church can expect to influence the world, if, like the world, it has its social clubs, dramatic societies, cricket and football teams, cinema shows and concert displays.  Were our Lord to enter some churches as He did the Temple long ago, we feel sure that he would re-echo His stern message of condemnation - “Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise” (John 2:16).
The weapons of the Church are not carnal, but spiritual.  By prayer, holiness, faith and consecrated service, she is to win the world.  And, needless to say, the clearer and cleaner the mark of separation from those pursuits and ways that characterize the world, the greater is the influence and power she exerts.  Nothing is gained but all is lost by compromise, and many have proved to their sad cost.
Herbert Lockyer, All the Doctrines of the Bible, p. 265

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