Quotes

These are some of my favorite quotes… theologians, writers, preachers, historical figures, etc.

Surely what a man does when he is taken off his guard is the best evidence for what sort of man he is.
– C. S. Lewis

Man is never sufficiently touched and affected by the awareness of his lowly state until he has compared himself with God’s majesty.
– John Calvin

He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.
– Jim Elliot

I was made to see that if ever I would suffer rightly, I must first pass a sentence of death upon everything that can be properly called a thing of this life, even to reckon myself, my wife, my children, my health, my enjoyment, and all, as dead to me, and myself as dead to them. The second was, to live upon God that is invisible.
– John Bunyan

There is no neutral ground in the universe: every square inch, every split second, is claimed by God and counter-claimed by Satan.
– C.S. Lewis

If God would have painted a yellow stripe on the backs of the elect I would go around lifting shirts. But since He didn’t I must preach ‘whosoever will’ and when ‘whosoever’ believes I know he is one of the elect.
– Charles H. Spurgeon

Every day of rebellion is another plank kicked out of the bridge back to God.
– James MacDonald

The Bible is alive, it speaks to me; it has feet, it runs after me; it has hands; it lays hold of me.
– Martin Luther

There was a time when committed Christians were known as God-fearing people. This was a badge of honor. But somewhere along the way we lost it. Now the idea of fearing God, if thought of at all, seems like a relic from the past. That’s to our detriment. The fear of God is actually as relevant today as it was in bygone generations.
– Jerry Bridges

When you see a man with a great deal of religion displayed in his shop window, you may depend upon it, he keeps a very small stock of it within.
– Charles H. Spurgeon

A monarch vested in gorgeous habiliments is far less illustrious than a kneeling supplicant ennobled and adorned by communion with his God. Consider how august a privilege it is when angels are present and archangels throng around where cherubim and seraphim encircle with their blaze the throne of God, that a mortal may approach with unrestrained confidence and converse with heaven’s dread sovereign, oh what honor was ever conferred like that?
– Chrysostom

Justice is not always done in this world; we see that everyday. But on the Last Day it will be done for all to see. And no one will be able to complain by saying, “This isn’t fair.”
– D.A. Carson

Sympathy is no substitute for action.
– David Livingstone

As long as you are proud you cannot know God. A proud man is always looking down on things and people; and, of course, as long as you are looking down, you cannot see something that is above you.
– C. S. Lewis

We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.
– Oswald J. Smith

Man, by his Fall, having made himself incapable of life by that covenant, the Lord was pleased to make a second, commonly called the covenant of grace: wherein he freely offereth unto sinners life and salvation by Jesus Christ, requiring of them faith in him, that they may be saved, and promising to give unto all those that are ordained unto life, his Holy Spirit, to make them willing and able to believe.
– Westminster Confession of Faith

To know God is to be changed by God; true knowledge of God leads to worship.
– John Calvin

If any of you should ask me for an epitome of the Christian religion, I should say that it is in one word – Prayer. Live and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.
– Charles H. Spurgeon

Now that I am a Christian I do not have moods in which the whole thing looks very improbable: but when I was an atheist I had moods in which Christianity looked terribly probable.
– C. S. Lewis

Ask awakened consciences, ask damned sinners, they will tell you, that how charming soever the allurements of sin may be, at the last it bites like a serpent.
– Matthew Henry

If I believed that Jesus were the only way to God just because it happened to be my way, then the unspoken assumption would be that whatever R. C. believes must be true. This would exclude anybody who’s not in touch with what R. C. Sproul believes, and this, of course, would be unspeakably arrogant. Why should there even be one way of redemption? Sometimes we act as if God hasn’t done enough.
– R.C. Sproul

When you are arguing against Him you are arguing against the very power that makes you able to argue at all.
– C. S. Lewis

You all have by you a large treasure of divine knowledge, in that you have the Bible in your hands; therefore be not contented in possessing but little of this treasure. God hath spoken much to you in the Scripture; labor to understand as much of what he saith as you can. God hath made you all reasonable creatures; therefore let not the noble faculty of reason or understanding lie neglected. Content not yourselves with…divine truth…you accidentally gain in conversation; but let it be very much your business to search for it, and that with the same diligence and labor with which men are wont to dig in mines of silver and gold.
– Jonathan Edwards

Experience: that most brutal of teachers. But you learn, my God do you learn.
– C. S. Lewis

It is blessed to eat into the very soul of the Bible until, at last, you come to talk in Scriptural language, and your spirit is flavored with the words of the Lord, so that your blood is Bibline and the very essence of the Bible flows from you.
– Charles H. Spurgeon

Christ is the Son of God who died for the redemption of sinners. This is the greatest Truth in the universe.
– Watchman Nee

Do you mortify? Do you make it your daily work? Be always at it whilst you live; cease not a day from this work; be killing sin or it will be killing you.
– John Owen

Command what You will. Grant what You command.
– Saint Augustine

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell.
– C. S. Lewis

To suppose that whatever God requireth of us that we have power of ourselves to do, is to make the cross and grace of Jesus Christ of none effect.
– John Owen

Divisions and separations are most objectionable in religion. They weaken the cause of true Christianity… But before we blame people for them, we must be careful that we lay the blame where it is deserved. False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. If people separate themselves from teaching that is positively false and unscriptural, they ought to be praised rather than reproved. In such cases separation is a virtue and not a sin.
– J.C. Ryle

Christ gave himself for our sins, to make atonement for us: this the justice of God required, and to this he freely submitted. Here is to be observed the infinite greatness of the price bestowed, and then it will appear plainly, that the power of sin is so great, that it could by no means be put away except the Son of God be given for it. He that considers these things well, understands that sin is a thing the most horrible that can be expressed; which ought to move us, and make us afraid indeed.
– Matthew Henry

You never know how much you really believe anything until its trust or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.
– C.S. Lewis

Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing which is not in the Bible, nor can be proved by the Bible.
– J.C. Ryle

When God calls a sinner, He does not repent of it. God does not, as many friends do, love one day and hate another; or as princes, who make their subjects favorites and afterwards throw them into prison. This is the blessedness of a saint; his condition admits of no altercation. God’s call is founded upon His decree, and His decree is immutable. Acts of grace cannot be reversed. God blots out His people’s sins, but not their names.
– Thomas Watson

They are ill discoverers that think there is no land, when they can see nothing but sea.
– Francis Bacon

Those who would like the God of scripture to be more purely ethical, do not know what they ask.
– C. S. Lewis

The custom of sinning takes away the sense of it, the course of the world takes away the shame of it.
– John Owen

How soon ‘not now’ becomes never.
– Martin Luther

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