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, April 30, 2015

Start With the Principle!

It seems to me that many people get into trouble in their Christian lives because they rush to particulars.  “What about this or that?” they ask.  The answer to such questions is to go back and to find a general principle.  The details can never be properly understood except in the light of the whole.  The whole is greater than the parts, and controls our understanding of them.  The particular problems that arise in the Christian life must never be considered in isolation; to do so is to court error and heresy and much trouble in practice.

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Christian Unity: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:1-16, p.23-24

1 comment:

Joe said...

It is the principles that provide the proper context for Scripture. For whatever else one is reading, as well.