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

Sunday, July 5, 2015

God Is In Control

Now I say that God has a plan with regard to the whole world, a plan that he is working out slowly and yet surely.  Things may seem to be taking their own course, and yet that is not the case according to the Bible.  God is over all; he is manipulating everything.  He allows a number of things to happen, but they are not outside his control.  Go back to the Old Testament, and look at the nation of Israel.  In the fullness of time God does what he says he is going to do.  He allows things to go on until a certain fixed point.  He knows the date for that, though nobody else knows; but a day is coming when he will bring an end to the history of this world.  There will be an end of time, and he will finally judge the whole world and all its people, and then he will destroy all evil, and we will have "new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness" (2 Peter 3:13).  God will have fulfilled his old promise of restoring order out of chaos, giving universal blessing to those who belong to him. 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.39-40

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