Here are the best quotes I came across in my reading this week. Enjoy!!!
“We must also mortify the desire of the applause of men as altogether impertinent to our true happiness. If we have learned not to value ourselves by their good word, we shall not much disturb ourselves for their ill word” – Matthew Henry, The Quest for Meekness and Quietness of Spirit, 135.
“We all automatically gravitate toward the assumption that we are justified by our level of sanctification, and when this posture is adopted it inevitably focuses our attention not on Christ but on the adequacy of our own obedience. We start each day with our personal security resting not on the accepting love of God and the sacrifice of Christ but on our present feelings or recent achievements in the Christian life. Since these arguments will not quiet the human conscience, we are inevitably moved either to discouragement and apathy or to a self-righteousness which falsifies the record to achieve a sense of peace. . . . Christians who are no longer sure that God loves and accepts them in Jesus, apart from their present spiritual achievements, are subconsciously radically insecure persons—much less secure than non-Christians, because they have too much light to rest easily under the constant bulletins they receive from their Christian environment about the holiness of God and the righteousness they are supposed to have. Their insecurity shows itself in pride, a fierce defensive assertion of their own righteousness and defensive criticism of others. . . . They cling desperately to legal, pharisaical righteousness, but envy, jealousy and other branches on the tree of sin grow out of their fundamental insecurity” – Richard Lovelace, Dynamics of Spiritual Life: An Evangelical Theology of Renewal, 211–212.
AMEN! – “Theology recognizes the authority of God’s special revelation in Holy Scripture as its presupposition and its preoccupation. The philosophical naturalism that permeates the modern university setting cannot serve as the presupposition of theology because the God of the Bible cannot be conceived within the conceptual framework of methodological naturalism. God is invisible in such a metaphysical framework. So theology—to the extent that it wishes to speak truly of God—must operate in a different metaphysical framework using different presuppositions” – Craig A. Carter, Contemplating God with the Great Tradition: Recovering Trinitarian Classical Theism, 43.
“As strumpets paint their faces, and deck and perfume their beds, the better to allure and deceive simple souls, so false teachers will put a great deal of paint and garnish upon their most dangerous principles and blasphemies, that they may the better deceive and delude poor ignorant souls. They know sugared poison goes down sweetly; they wrap up their pernicious, soul-killing pills in gold” – Thomas Brooks, Precious Remedies against Satan’s Devices, 233.