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

Tuesday, June 30, 2015

The Gospel Annoys

The gospel commends itself to me because of its truth, because it does not just say, "Well now, let's forget our troubles and think of something beautiful."  It says, "In the world ye shall have tribulation" (John 16:33).  It says that in a world like this, dominated by Satan, there will be "wars and rumours of wars" (Matthew 24:6).  It is psychology and not the gospel that just tries to make us forget our troubles for the time being.  The gospel of Jesus Christ always, therefore, of necessity annoys certain people, people who think that a place of worship is just a place where you listen to beautiful things, and therefore while you are sitting there, your forget your problems and the problems of the world -- these people are certain to be annoyed.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.24

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