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

Tuesday, August 23, 2016

See People As Sinners In Need of Salvation

If we examine ourselves, we shall see at a glance that one of the most tragic things about us is that our lives re so much governed by other people and by what they do to us and think about us.  Try to recall a single day in your own life.  Think of the unkind and cruel thoughts that have come into your mind and heart.  What produced them?  Somebody else!  How much of our thinking and acting and behaviour is entirely governed by other people.  It is one of the things that make life so wretched.  You see a particular person and your spirit is upset.  If you had not seen that person you would not have felt like that.  Other people are controlling you.  “Now,” says Christ in effect, “you must get out of that condition.  Your love must become such that you will no longer be governed and controlled by what people say.  Your life must be governed by a new principle in yourself, a new principle of love.”

The moment we have that, we are enabled to see people in a different way.  God looks down upon this world and sees all the sin and shame, but He sees it as something that results from the activity of Satan.  There is a sense in which he sees the unjust man in a different way.  He is concerned about him and about his good and welfare, and He therefore causes the sun to shine upon him and sends the rain upon him.  Now we must learn to do that.  We must learn to look at other people and say: “Yes, they are doing this, that and the other to me.  Why?  They are doing it because they are dupes of Satan; because they are governed by the god of this world and are his helpless victims.  I must not be annoyed.  I see them as hell-bound sinners.  I must do everything I can to save them.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 1, p.304-305

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