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, September 13, 2016

No Crowd With the Christian Life

You must start by realizing that, by becoming a Christian, you become something exceptional and unusual.  You are making a break with the world, and with the crowd, and with the vast majority of people.  It is inevitable; and it is important that we should know it.  The Christian way of life is not popular.  It never has been popular, and it is not popular today.  It is unusual, exceptional, strange, and it is different.  On the other hand, crowding through the wide gate and travelling along the broad way is the thing that everybody else seems to be doing.  You deliberately get out of that crowd and you start making your way towards this strait and narrow gate, alone.  You cannot take the crowd with you into the Christian life: it inevitably involves a break.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, “Studies in the Sermon on the Mount,” volume 2, p.221

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