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S. Lewis Johnson Quotes Collection: Worldview, Church Life, and Other Categories

March 25, 2013

As some people are aware, I have recently been posting daily S. Lewis Johnson quotes on facebook: a simple but effective way to increase general awareness of a great teacher, with fairly short quotes (up to 7 or 8 lines on a facebook status) highlighting various doctrinal points along with S. Lewis Johnson’s commentary.

As a follow-up from the facebook quotes selection, the following is a sampling of quotes from one category: Worldview / Philosophy / Apologetics.  See also the links to each category of quotes. These pages will be expanding over time as I continue to find and add more great quotes.   (Some of the quotes are expanded from the original facebook postings.)

Worldview / Philosophy / Apologetics

From  Gospel of John, message 80:

if it is true that these gospels are forgeries, and if it is true they have not come from the apostles under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, then we ought to be able to write gospels ourselves.  Is not that fair?  If these gospels are simply the products of men, then we ought to be able to write similar works.  Isn’t it striking that no one has ever written a work that has contended with the four gospels?

From Revelation series, message 12:

When you look at the philosophies of men you find that many of them are philosophies in which the world is looked at as being the continuous unfolding of the same thing, for example, in Hindu thought, and in some forms of Greek thought, the world is endless repetition. …The biblical picture, on the other hand, tells us that this world has a meaning and a goal and a destiny. That it’s created by God for his glorification.  Biblical history is therefore unique it moves from the first creation in the book of Genesis, to the new creation in Christ in Revelation chapter 21 and 22

From “Messianic Prophecies in Isaiah” message 5

“The various modes of worship which prevailed in the Roman world were all considered by the people as equally true, by the philosophers as equally false, and by the magistrates as equally useful.” — Edward Gibbons, quoted by S. Lewis Johnson

From 1 Corinthians, message 4:

“No reason for self-esteem here. The only kind of self-esteem that really counts is the self-esteem that comes when we realize we’ve been chosen. That’s the source of all ultimately valid divinely-supported self-esteem, when we know that we belong to the Lord.”

From Acts, message 42:

Acts 19:35, “who is there who does not know that the city of the Ephesians is temple keeper of the great Artemis.”(ESV) — “He soothed their vanity with appeal to fame and legend; and it illustrates for us the important fact that what really is lasting is the truth of God.  No one knows today, except those who attend a Christian church, that Ephesus, ancient Ephesus, was the city where Artemis, the Asian goddess, the Asian goddess known as the many-breasted goddess of fructifying powers was worshiped; but people know about Jesus Christ and people know about Christianity.”

The Church and Christian Life

Suffering, Patience versus Anxiety


The Resurrection

The Holy Spirit, Assurance, and Our Spiritual Life

  1. March 25, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    This is a great idea! I need to do something similar for my readings

    • March 26, 2013 at 7:30 am

      Thanks, Jim! Yes, it’s a good way to keep and reference good quotes. I’ve also been saving some good quotes from the Alva McClain book as I’m reading along in it, also in the Spurgeon sermons I read.

  2. March 26, 2013 at 10:24 am

    You definitely have an eye for useful and thought provoking quotes! Keep ’em coming! By the way, if you want to add a portrait of Alva J. McClain to the three you already have on your “Hall of Fame” (right side above) see http://www.higherpraise.com/preachers/images/mcclain.jpg, or the smaller image at http://www.livrariabibleday.com.br/imgautor/21_p_Alva%20J.%20Mcclain.jpg. 🙂

    • March 26, 2013 at 1:32 pm

      Thanks, Jack, and I’ll try to add one of those images into that three-fold picture file, see how it works (the picture editing).

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