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, August 12, 2016

BE, Then Speak

Whether we like it or not, our lives should always be the first thing to speak; and if our lips speak more than our lives it will avail very little.  So often the tragedy has been that people proclaim the gospel in words, but their whole life and demeanour has been a denial of it.  The world does not pay much attention to them.  Let us never forget this order deliberately chosen by our Lord; “the salt of the earth” before “the light of the world.”  We are something before we begin to act as something.  The two things should always go together, but the order and sequence should be the one which he sets down here. 

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.165

1 comment:

Christian Ease said...

Exactly what I've been chewing on. Thanks for the perspective.