Fire in the Mouth

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False Prophet

"That is the only way to understand rightly this picture of the false prophets. The false prophet is a man who has no strait gate’ ornarrow way’ in his gospel. He has nothing which is offensive to the natural man; he pleases all. He is in ‘sheep’s clothing’, so attractive, so pleasant, so nice to look at. He has such a nice and comfortable and comforting message. He pleases everybody and everybody speaks well of him. He is never persecuted for his preaching, he is never criticized severely."

—Martyn Lloyd-Jones

Popish Ceremonies: A New Judaism

A new Judaism, as a substitute for that which God had distinctly abrogated, has again been reared up by means of numerous puerile extravagancies, collected from different quarters; and with these have been mixed up certain impious rites, partly borrowed from the heathen, and more adapted to some theatrical show than to the dignity of our religion. The first evil here is, that an immense number of ceremonies, which God had by his authority abrogated, once for all have been again revived. The next evil is, that while ceremonies ought to be living exercises of piety, men are vainly occupied with numbers of them that are both frivolous and useless. But by far the most deadly evil of all is, that after men have thus mocked God with ceremonies of one kind or other, they think they have fulfilled their duty as admirably as if these ceremonies included in them the whole essence of piety and divine worship.

—John Calvin, 'The Necessity of Reforming the Church'

Our Hearts are Filled with a Thick Forest of Thorns

Mark 4:18–19, And others are the ones on whom seed was sown among the thorns; these are the ones who have heard the word, but the worries of the world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the desires for other things enter in and choke the word, and it becomes unfruitful.

John Calvin:
Each of us ought to endeavor to tear the thorns out of his   heart, if we do not choose that the word of God should be choked; for   there is not one of us whose heart is not filled with a vast quantity,   and, as I may say, a thick forest, of thorns. And, indeed, we perceive   how few there are that reach maturity; for there is scarcely one   individual out of ten that labors, I do not say to root out, but even   to cut down the thorns. Nay more, the very number of the thorns, which   is so prodigious that it ought to shake off our sloth, is the reason   why most people give themselves no trouble about them.

Infinite

Alas! It is an infinite righteousness that must satisfy for us, for it is an infinite God that is offended by us. If ever your sin is pardoned, it is infinite mercy that must pardon it. If ever you are reconciled to God, it is infinite merit must do it. If ever your heart is changed and your state renewed, it is infinite power must effect it; and if ever you soul escapes hell and is saved at last, it is infinite grace must save it. (164)

Sum of All Commands

A perfect conformity of heart and life to God is the sum and substance of all the commands both of the Old and the New Testament. (147)

The Way of Sanctification

Now, this way of sanctification is a very narrow way, for it lies over the neck of every lust and in the exercise of every grace: subduing the on and improving the other: dying daily and yet living daily; dying to sin and living to God. This is the way of sanctification! Oh, how few are there that walk in this way!
—Matthew Mead, 'The Almost Christian Discovered' pg. 122

Pride is blind

A proud man has an eye to see his beauty but not his deformity; his parts but not his spots; his seeming righteousness but not his real wretchedness. It must be a work of grace that must show a man the lack of grace. The haughty eye looks upward, but the humble eye looks downward; and, therefore, this is the believer's motto: "The least of saints, the greatest of sinners"; but the carnal man's motto is, "I thank God I am not as other men."

—Matthew Mead, 'The Almost Christian Discovered' pg. 115

True conversion begins in conviction

Spiritual conviction is an essential part of sound conversion. Conversion begins here. True conversion begins in convictions and true convictions end in conversion. Til the sinner is convinced of sin, he can never be converted from sin. Christ's coming was as a Savior to die for sinners, and the Spirit's coming is to convince us as sinners that we may close with Christ as a Saviour. Till sin is thoroughly revealed to us, interest in the blood of Christ cannot rightly be claimed by us. Nay, as long as sin is unseen, Christ will be unsought. "They that be whole need not the physician, but they that are sick."

—Matthew Mead, 'The Almost Christian Discovered' pg. 109
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Coram Deo

Whatever man may stand, whatever he may do, to whatever he may apply his hand - in agriculture, in commerce, and in industry, or his mind, in the world of art, and science - he is, in whatsoever it may be, constantly standing before the face of God. He is employed in the service of his God. He has strictly to obey his God. And above all, he has to aim at the glory of his God.

—Abraham Kuyper

Battle is Your Calling

When principles that run against your deepest convictions begin to win the day, then battle is your calling, and peace has become sin; you must, at the price of dearest peace, lay your convictions bare before friend and enemy, with all the fire of your faith.

—Abraham Kuyper

Pray for the Pope 🔥

If we are to pray for all sorts of men living, how may we pray about the Roman Antichrist [Pope]?

A. Out of the love we should bear to our fellow-creatures, who are under the yoke and dominion of the Roman Antichrist, we ought to pray no otherwise about him, than that the Lord would soon "consume him with the Spirit of his mouth, and destroy him with the brightness of his coming," 2 Thess. 2:8.

—James Fisher, 'The Westminster Assembly's Shorter Catechism Explained by Way of Questions and Answer', on WSC Q. 98

The state must have to do with religion

The fundamental maxim of the Voluntary theory, that 'the state, as the state, has nothing to do with religion,' is a principle which, from the very necessity of the case, can never be realized. The state must have to do with religion, and that in the way, if not of friendly co-operation and consent, then of hostility and opposition. If it were possible for the state in any country to disown all connection of a friendly kind with religion, natural and revealed, the inevitable tendency would be, either for the want of religion to destroy the state, or for the state to destroy religion.
—James Bannerman, 'The Church of Christ'

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The Pastoral Work of Rescuing

A minister may be a good sermonizer, he may preside at weddings with grace, and officiate at funerals with dignity, but he is not a good pastor if he maintains an unruffled mind when a solitary member of his flock wanders away. The work of watching demands vigilance, the work of guarding demands prudence, the work of guiding calls for courage, the work of healing involves skill, but the work of rescuing is a work of love. Many a minister would be a better shepherd if he had a more loving heart.

—Jefferson, Charles (2012-10-16). The Minister as Shepherd (Kindle Locations 759-762). Digital Puritan Press. Kindle Edition.

A minister must always go in advance of his people

A minister must always go in advance of his people. He must lead them in thought. It is tragic when a minister is not the intellectual leader of his people. If his conceptions are the conceptions of the average man, if his ideas are the safe and commonplace ideas of the general community, if in his attitude to great reforms he is not in advance of the crowd, if in pulling down strongholds of evil, many are more aggressive than he, he is not a shepherd.

—Jefferson, Charles (2012-10-16). The Minister as Shepherd (Kindle Locations 638-641). Digital Puritan Press. Kindle Edition.

True Christians ought to be more thankful

True Christians ought to be more full of thanksgivings than they are. I fear that few sufficiently remember what they were by nature, and what debtors they are to grace. A heathen remarked that singing hymns of praise was one special mark of the early Christians. It would be good for Christians in the present day, if they knew more of this frame of mind. It is no evidence of a healthy state of soul when there is much complaining and little praise. It is an amazing mercy that there is any door of salvation at all; but it is a still greater mercy when we are taught to enter in by it and be saved.

—J.C. Ryle, "Self-Exertion," 'Practical Religion'

Narrow, but always open

Narrow as this door is, it is "a door always ready to open." No sinners of any kind are forbidden to draw near: whosoever will may enter in and be saved. There is but one condition of admission: that condition is that you really feel your sins and desire to be saved by Christ in His own way. Are you really aware of your guilt and vileness? Have you a truly broken and contrite heart? Look at the door of salvation, and come in. He that made it declares, "Whoever comes to me I will never drive away" (John 6:37). The question to be considered is not whether you are a great sinner or a little sinner--whether you are elect or not--whether you are converted or not. The question is simply this, "Do you feel your sins? Do you feel burdened and heavy-laden? Are you willing to put your life into Christ's hand?" Then if that be the case, the door will open to you at once. Come in this very day. Why are you standing out there?

—J.C. Ryle, "Self-Exertion," 'Practical Religion'