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

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Scars vs Grandstand Tickets

As long as the church wore scars, they made headway.  When they began to wear medals, the cause languished.  It was a greater day for the church when Christians were fed to the lions than when they bought season tickets and sat in the grandstand.”
Vance Havner, quoted by J. Oswald Sanders in Spiritual Maturity, p.110, as cited by William MacDonald, “Believer’s Bible Commentary,” Mark 4:30-32.


Joe said...

There is probably another persecution of the church coming in America. It is already evident in much of the rest of the world.

Will it be our opportunity to shine for Christ?

Glenn E. Chatfield said...

It should be, but I wonder how well lazy American Christians will be able to do that.

ali said...

Yes, persecution will be our opportunity to shine - but sadly there will be far too many lights hiding under the bushels.

Let us pray that the remnant will shine even more brightly in the dark days ahead - but as for the church as a whole, I have my doubts.