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

Friday, July 17, 2015

What the Gospel Promises

The one thing the gospel does promise us is eternal security in the matter of our ultimate destiny.  It does not say, "Believe the gospel, and then you will never have any trouble in this life and world.  If you only believe it, it can banish war." Not at all!  It is an utter travesty of the gospel to believe that it does.  Indeed men and women who believe that will be disillusioned, if they have not been disillusioned already.  That kind of thing has been preached more in the last hundred years than it has ever been preached, and during that time we have had two major world wars.  So the gospel's purpose is not to tell you how war can be avoided.

What it tells you is that whether there is another war or not, you and I are passing through this world of time.  We have to die in any case, and the one thing that matters is how we can arrive at God and heaven and spend our eternity in the glory.  That is what I am interested in, and that is the only thing that we should be interested in, because a day is coming when we will have no other interest and we will leave the world and everything else behind.  Then we shall face that unknown eternity, and our great question--how can I know God?--will have already been resolved by that time.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Let Not Your Heart Be Troubled, p.79-80

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