The Church in America suffered a greater loss than …

“The Church in America suffered a greater loss than she has since discovered when she rejected the example of good men and chose for her pattern the celebrity of the hour. Human greatness cannot be determined by popularity polls nor by the number of lines any man rates in the public press. It is altogether unlikely that we know who our greatest men are. One thing is sure, however–the greatest man alive today is the best man alive today. That is not open to debate. To discover the good great man (granted that it would be to our profit to do so) would require more than human wisdom. For the holy man is also the humble man and the humble man will not advertise himself nor allow others to do it for him. Spiritual virtues run deep and silent. Like the tide or the pull of gravitation or the shining of the sun, they work without noise, but their gracious ministrations are felt around the whole earth. The Christian who is zealous to promote the cause of Christ can begin by living in the power of the Spirit and so reproducing the life of Christ in the sight of men. In deep humility and without ostentation he can let his light shine. The world may pretend not to see, but it will see, nevertheless, and more than likely it will get into serious trouble with its conscience over what it sees.”
– A. W. Tozer

Advertisements

Too many are satisfied to teach…

“Too many are satisfied to teach “established orthodoxy”, “sound exposition,” or “the latest word from God,” strangely unaware their lives and ministry lack a real Presence of God. The altar is there. The sacrifice is there. But the fire is missing.
God is looking for people who desire Him above all … these people ignore insulting remarks, curious glances, and crusty traditions. They search until they find Him.”

-from p.65 of “A Prophet’s Heart” by Charles Brown.

Religious knowledge vs true faith

Knowing God through His Word ... Day by Day

And in the synagogue there was a man who had the spirit of an unclean demon, and he cried out with a loud voice, “Ha! What have you to do with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are—the Holy One of God.” — Luke 4:33-34 ESV

J.C. Ryle with a warning from this passage:

We should notice, in this passage, the clear religious knowledge possessed by the devil and his agents. Twice in these verses we have proof of this. “I know you who you are, the holy one of God,” was the language of an unclean devil in one case. “You are Christ the son of God,” was the language of many devils in another. Yet this knowledge was a knowledge unaccompanied by faith, or hope, or charity. Those who possessed it were miserable fallen beings, full of bitter hatred both…

View original post 213 more words