AMERICA is the paradise of heterodoxy. All sorts of wild, strange and even abominable religions flourish unchecked, side by side, and generally without violent collision. The wild dreams of the fervid Oriental imagination; the vague shadowings of Gothic mysticism; the coarse materialism of French infidelity, and the ideal fancies of Greek and Asiatic; all the errors and worn out theories of the Old World, of schisms in the early Church, the monkish age and the rationalistic period, find here a free air, a fertile soil, a more congenial clime and a second native country, as it were, in which new and more luxuriant growths spring rapidly from the old and half dead stocks of pseudo-theology. J.H. Beadle, from the Preface of Life in Utah; or, the Mysteries and Crimes of Mormonism being an expose of the secret rites and ceremonies of the Latter Day Saints, with a full and authentic history of polygamy and the Mormon sect from its origin to the present time (1870)
After all it is those who have a deep and real inner life who are best able to deal with the irritating details of outer life. Evelyn Underhill
A man dies when he refuses to stand up for that which is right. A man dies when he refuses to stand up for justice. A man dies when he refuses to take a stand for that which is true. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Christ summarized the perfect and holy law in two great commandments. One reason He could do this is because the full version, given in multiple commandments, is a unified whole. It is essentially "love's manual." Love is keeping the commandments of the God.
The linking of the Christian church with the ruling political regime is not essential to the life and fruitfulness of Christian faith. On the contrary, such linking has more often proven to corrupt the essential spirit of Christ, who typically uses the weak things of the world to shame the strong (1 Corinthians 1:27), and whose life-saving weapons do not consist in media monopolies, commanding wealth, or civil laws. John Piper
Tradition means giving votes to the most obscure of all classes, our ancestors. It is the democracy of the dead. Tradition refuses to submit to the small and arrogant oligarchy of those who merely happen to be walking about. G.K. Chesterton
A fetus isn't a potential child, but a child full of potential. Pastor Robert Arendale
...Darwin introduced historicity into science. Evolutionary biology, in contrast with physics and chemistry, is a historical science the evolutionist attempts to explain events and processes that have already taken place. Laws and experiments are inappropriate techniques for the explication of such events and processes. Instead one constructs a historical narrative, consisting of a tentative reconstruction of the particular scenario that led to the events one is trying to explain. evolutionary biologist Ernst Mayr
The duty of government is to leave commerce to its own capital and credit as well as all other branches of business, protecting all in their legal pursuits, granting exclusive privileges to none. Andrew Jackson
The use of force alone is but temporary. It may subdue for a moment; but it does not remove the necessity of subduing again: and a nation is not governed, which is perpetually to be conquered. Gelett Burgess, d. A.D. 1951 (according to Wikipedia, he coined the term blurb)
However many blessings we expect from God, His infinite liberality will always exceed all our wishes and our thoughts. John Calvin
Man may by his appointment make a good day (Esther 9:19), but it is God's prerogative to make a holy day; nor is any thing sanctified but by the stamp of his institution. As all inherent holiness comes from his special grace, so all adherent holiness from his special appointment. Bible commentator Matthew Henry on Leviticus 23
Actually, the culture wars have only just begun. Since the 1970's, when Christian conservatives awoke from their self-induced, decades-old stupor to reengage politics, they took their strategy from the political playbook lying right before them: the Left's. This meant: politics. For the last 40 years or so, Christian conservatives haven't been fighting a culture war; they've been fighting a culturally driven political war. They've assumed that politics is the most natural path toward cultural renewal. P. Andrew Sandlin
Those who do not think about their own sins make up for it by thinking incessantly about the sins of others. C. S. Lewis
Have patience with all things, but chiefly have patience with yourself. Do not lose courage in considering your own imperfections but instantly set about remedying them every day begin the task anew. Francis de Sales
If we grow wiser and more learned in our intercourse with wise and learned persons, how much more will we gain in our inner life by communing with God in prayer. Huldrych Zwingli
When someone allows you to bear his burdens, you have found deep friendship. Real Live Preacher
The sentimental secularism of modern Western culture, with its exalted optimism about human nature, its shrunken idea of God, and its skepticism as to whether personal morality really matters in other words, its decay of conscience makes it hard for Christians to take the reality of hell seriously. The revelation of hell in Scripture assumes a depth of insight into divine holiness and human and demonic sinfulness that most of us do not have. However, the doctrine of hell appears in the New Testament as a Christian essential, and we are called to try to understand it as Jesus and His apostles did. J. I. Packer, Concise Theology
The effectual calling of God in Christ makes the one called humbly thankful to the core of his being. That one is astounded to be an object of the divine love. It is so deliberate in its passion, so far beyond comprehension, and it will not be denied! But arrogant boastfulness about a professed depth of understanding into the high and holy mysteries of sovereign grace does not come from the Spirit of grace. It is not of Him Who calls the lowly and despised.
"The heights by great men reached and kept
Were not attained by sudden flight
But they, while their companions slept,
Were toiling upward in the night."
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
The whole past time of your faith will profit you nothing, unless now in this wicked time we also withstand coming sources of danger. … Take heed, lest resting at our ease, as those who are the called, we fall asleep in our sins. For then, the wicked prince, acquiring power over us, will thrust us away from the kingdom of the Lord. … And you should pay attention to this all the more, my brothers, when you reflect on and see that after such great signs and wonders had been performed in Israel, they were still abandoned. Let us beware lest we be found to be, as it is written, the "many who are called," but not the "few that are chosen." Ante Nicene Fathers, Volume 1, pg.139
Since 1998, more than 31,000 American scientists from diverse climate-related disciplines, including more than 9,000 with Ph.D.s, have signed a public petition announcing their belief that "…there is no convincing scientific evidence that human release of carbon dioxide, methane, or other greenhouse gases is causing or will, in the foreseeable future, cause catastrophic heating of the Earth's atmosphere and disruption of the Earth's climate." Larry Bell, Forbes magazine contributor
Consider with horror the realm of American entertainment and its gross profligacy. Study with sorrow the radical, oppressive agenda of academic leaders and their indoctrination of our youth. Be enraged at the routine duplicity of civil leaders as well as with more spectacular instances of ethical misconduct in high places. Be disgusted with junk science, fake news, and with the folly, waste, greed, and callousness that abound.
Worst of all, grieve at the disobedience of God's people and their carelessness of His ways. LAWLESSNESS is the order of the day in America. Now look up in the Bible what the Lord Christ will say on the day of judgement to those who practice LAWLESSNESS. Then, pray fervently and continually for a spiritual revival the likes of which the world has never known!
It is not wrong to desire to be the object of the love and affections of others. Some desires are wicked lusts, but longing to be appreciated, valued, and wanted by others is a good and righteous desire. The second great commandment is love your neighbor AS you love yourself, not "love your neighbor, and DESPISE yourself."
The practical outworking of that? Strive to live in love (obedience to God's commandments) at all times. Appreciate, value, and encourage others with all your might. Never behave deceitfully and selfishly in order to coerce or entrap others into doing those things for you. When you are slighted, take it as a call to humility, not vengeance. Above all, remembering that God loves all His children far more than they can fathom (Matthew 7:11, Ephesians 3:19), make sure of your standing with the heavenly Father.
Jesus told some people of His generation that they were children of the devil (John 8:44). Who's YOUR daddy?
The early 1900s saw the rise of strain of liberal theology famously caricatured by [Reinhold] Niebuhr's brother, H. Richard Niebuhr, in the sentence: "A God without wrath brought men without sin into a kingdom without judgment through the ministrations of a Christ without a cross." Reinhold joined his brother in disdaining this glib gospel, especially in light of the horrors of WWI and WWII. Elesha Coffman, May 19 A.D. 2017 edition of Christianity Today
I beg you be persuaded that no one would be more zealous than myself to establish effectual barriers against the horrors of spiritual tyranny, and every species of religious persecution. George Washington
The simplest questions are the most profound. Where were you born? Where is your home? Where are you going? What are you doing? Think about these once in a while and watch your answers change. Richard Bach
The first cremation in America took place in 1876, accompanied by readings from Charles Darwin and the Hindu scriptures. For many years, relatively few persons (mostly liberals and freethinkers) chose cremation. Timothy George, Cremation Confusion, article published in Christianity Today, May 21, 2002
...the words 'theoretical,' 'speculative,' and 'contemplative,' have all lost their honorable connotations in our culture. Instead of referring to truth, the words 'theoretical' and 'speculative both now connote 'uncertainty.' And 'contemplative' is limited to monks and mystics.
This is a symptom of deep cultural decay, and stems largely from Francis Bacon, who announced a radically new Summum bonum (greatest good) for our culture: the conquest of nature by applied science. In other words not truth but power; not conforming the human mind to reality but conforming reality to the human will. Peter Kreeft
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