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

Wednesday, November 12, 2014

Step Out of the Fog

Men who speak for God never merge into the fog around them.  Noah stood alone in a civilization of culture and progress.  His contemporaries must have laughed at him as an eccentric who was … looking for the world to end. Elijah stood alone among the priests of Baal and the stooges who ate at Jezebel’s table.…

True prophets are solitary people; eagles do not fly in flocks.  It is not easy to be a Lone Dissenter.  When the messenger was sent for Micaiah he must have said, in effect, “The ledgy have agreed, and you had better make it unanimous….   This is a good gravy train and you had better ride it.  This is the mood of the hour and you had better get with it..”

The same subtle pressures today would persuade preachers to get in step with the times and ride the wave of the future.  What we need are more preachers out of step with the times, more odd prophets like Micaiah…. The pulpit is not a platform from which to boost the projects of men to bring in a false millennium….

Vance Havner, The Best of Vance Havner, cited in “Quotable,” The Berean Call, January 1998

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