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, May 18, 2016

The Bugle Call for War

Surely nothing has done so much harm to the true doctrine of sanctification as what are generally described as “devotional talks.”  It is a part of this same “nice teaching” — quiet devotional talks, with simple affecting illustrations!  But that is not what the Apostle is talking about.  What we have here is the exact opposite.  We have a martial atmosphere, we have a rousing, stimulating call.  It is a trumpet call — “BE STRONG IN THE LORD, AND IN THE POWER OF HIS MIGHT.  PUT ON THE WHOLE ARMOUR OF GOD.”  Do you not hear the bugle, and the trumpet?  It is a call to battle; we are being roused, we are being stimulated we are being set upon our feet; we are told to be men.  The whole tone is martial, it is manly, it is strong.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “The Christian Warfare: An Exposition of Ephesians 6:10-13,” pg. 21-22

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