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, December 3, 2015

Don't Be "Religious"

If you are religious you will not be a problem to other persons because they may be religious themselves, and in any case the world never objects to a religious person as such.  The formal religious person never gets persecuted.  If you are the sort of person of whom it is known that you attend a place of worship occasionally or perhaps even every Sunday morning and no more, you will not get persecuted for that; that is quite a polite and nice thing to do  But if you give the impression that this is now the biggest thing in your life and it is affecting the whole of your personality, you will soon find that it makes a difference and that a kind of persecution will begin.  The world never persecutes religion, but what it does persecute is Christlikeness.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Experiencing the New Birth: Studies in John 3,” pg.64

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