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Great Quotes from Christian Leaders

Here are some great quotes from Christian leaders:

Christian Living
“Preach the gospel daily; use words if necessary” — St. Francis of Assisi

Being in church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than being in the garage makes you a car. — John MacArthur in “Hard to Believe.”

“We were preaching this morning on the subject of prayer. And prayer is important. But I’ll tell you something that’s more important than prayer and that is the study of the Word. Because if you do not study the Word of God, you will not know how to pray because you will not know what is God’s will. The study of the Word is more important than prayer. Someone told me this morning that an old saint of God said if he had to live his life all over again, he would pray less and study more because it would filter out needless prayers.” — John MacArthur, sermon “An Uncompromising Life” (Daniel 1:1-8)

Theology and Doctrine
“It is one of the strange ironies in the church and in reformed theology, that those who love the doctrine of sovereign election most supremely and most sincerely and who are most unwavering in their devotion to the glory of God, the honor of Christ, the work of the spirit in regeneration and sanctification, the veracity and inerrancy of scripture and who are the most fastidious in hermeneutics and who are the most careful and intentionally biblical regarding categories of doctrine and who see themselves as guardians of biblical truth and are not content to be wrong at all and who agree most heartily on the essential matters of Christian truth so that they labor with all their powers to examine in a Berean fashion every relevant text to discern the true interpretation of all matters of divine revelation are (that’s the main verb) in various degrees of disinterest in applying those passions and skills to the end of the story and rather content to be in a happy and even playful disagreement in regard to the vast biblical data on eschatology as if the end didn’t matter much period.” — John MacArthur, 2007 Shepherd’s Conference

“Genesis 1 is just as true as Exodus 20 which gives us the Ten Commandments. It’s just as true as Isaiah 53 which describes the suffering servant who would be the Messiah and bear our iniquities. It’s just as true as Matthew chapter 1 which indicates that Jesus was to be born of Mary and to be the Savior of the world. It’s just as true as John chapter 3 which says you must be born again. It’s just as true as any other and every other part of Scripture. There is no basis for tampering with, questioning, or denying the veracity of Genesis 1 anymore than any other part of Scripture. In fact, any disbelief in or tampering with or altering of Genesis 1 is an act of rebellion against God and His Word. It’s a serious thing to do that because like any other such rebellion, one who attacks the veracity of God and the Word of God brings upon himself the threat of divine judgment.” — John MacArthur, sermon “Creation Day 6, Part 1


“People do not drift toward Holiness. Apart from grace-driven effort, people do not gravitate toward godliness, prayer, obedience to Scripture, faith, and delight in the Lord. We drift toward compromise and call it tolerance; we drift toward disobedience and call it freedom; we drift toward superstition and call it faith. We cherish the indiscipline of lost self-control and call it relaxation; we slouch toward prayerlessness and delude ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism; we slide toward godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” — D.A. Carson

“Twenty five years ago ‘tolerance’ was understood to be a virtue that operated something like this: If I hold strong views on any particular subject I am nevertheless judged to be ‘tolerant’ if I think that your views are bad, immoral, improper, even disgusting, wicked or stupid, but still insist you have the right to defend them. In other words, a ‘tolerant’ person puts up with somebody else’s views and insists they have the right to hold them even while – in the vigorous arena of debate – we might disagree fundamentally on who is right or who is wrong. Such a person is a ‘tolerant’ person.

But nowadays, that is not what ‘tolerance’ means. Now ‘tolerance’ means that you don’t hold that anybody is right or wrong. Everybody is equally right or wrong. Nobody is more right than another person. If you don’t hold that then you are ‘intolerant.’ Now that is a huge shift … Under this new definition of ‘tolerance’ I don’t even know what ‘tolerance’ means because in the old view of ‘tolerance’ you had to disagree with someone before you could actually tolerate them. How do you say ‘Oh, yes, you are entirely right – I tolerate you?’ … This new ‘tolerance’ actually becomes extremely intolerant of anybody who does not buy into this view of ‘tolerance’ because if you actually come right out and say that some view is wrong or silly or foolish or indefensible or even questionable, then you are judged to be ‘intolerant.’ Thus, in the name of this newfangled tolerance it turns out, at profoundly deep levels, to be the most intolerant thing of all!”
– D.A. Carson, Evangelism in the 21st Century (session 2), address delivered at Omaha Bible Church on Oct. 6, 2002.

“You ever hear anybody say, “Well, I have an open mind.” Well, shut it. Because you’ve got to decide what to let in and what to keep out. Having an open mind is not a virtue, it’s one step away from being a moron. Render a judgment on something. You have a door on your house, and the reason you have a door on your house is to keep some things in and some things out. You make a judgment as to when you open it and when you don’t, that’s why you have a hole in it. You don’t live in your neighborhood with your door wide open and welcome everybody. You’d be a fool.” — John MacArthur, 2008 Shepherds Conference

“The world at the present time is sagaciously discussing how to quell the controversy and strife over doctrine and faith, and how to effect a compromise between the Church and the Papacy. Let the learned, the wise, it is said, bishops, emperor and princes, arbitrate. Each side can easily yield something, and it is better to concede some things which can be construed according to individual interpretation, than that so much persecution, bloodshed, war, and terrible, endless dissension and destruction be permitted.
Here is lack of understanding, for understanding proves by the Word that such patchwork is not according to God’s will, but that doctrine, faith and worship must be preserved pure and unadulterated; there must be no mingling with human nonsense, human opinions or wisdom.
The Scriptures give us this rule: ‘We must obey God rather than men’ (Acts 5:29).” — Martin Luther

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