“God justifies the wicked” (Rom. 4:5, emphasis added). As counterintuitive as it is simple, that claim which lies at the heart of the Good News has brought immeasurable blessing—and trouble—to the church and the world. Be nice, take our the trash, stop nagging your spouse, try to spend more time with your children, don’t get into credit card debt, lose some weight, and get some exercise. Every one of these exhortations might be valid. Some of them may even find a legitimate application in a handful of biblical passages. However, it is not the big story. No wonder people—especially younger folks—are bored if this is the “news” that the church has to bring to the world. This kind of news need not come from heaven; there are plenty of earthly sages who can communicate it better than most preachers. (Michael Horton, The Gospel-Driven Life, 64)
“Be well instructed in theology, and do not regard the sneers of those who rail at it because they are ignorant of it. Many preachers are not theologians, and hence the mistakes which they make. It cannot do any hurt to the most lively evangelist to be also a sound theologian, and it may often be the means of saving him from gross blunders. Nowadays, we hear men tear a single sentence of Scripture from its connection, and cry “Eureka! Eureka!” as if they had found a new truth; and yet they have not discovered a diamond, but a piece of broken glass. . . . Let us be thoroughly well acquainted with the great doctrines of the Word of God.” -Charles H. Spurgeon (as quoted in Ryrie’s Practical Guide to Communicating Bible Doctrine, 27-28).
“I am content to live and die as the mere repeater of scriptural teaching, as a person who has thought out nothing and invented nothing, as one who never thought invention to be any part of his calling, but who concluded that he was simply to be a mouth for God to the people, mourning that anything of his own should come between.” -C.H. Spurgeon
So I have this new idea for my blog. Instead of coming up with my own content, I can just steal from others. Here is my first post:
“People do not drift toward holiness. Apart from grace driven effort people do not gravitate towards 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 towards prayerlessness and dilute ourselves into thinking we have escaped legalism. We slide towards godlessness and convince ourselves we have been liberated.” -DA Carson