Favorite Quotes

Far better for a man that he had never been born than that he should degrade a pulpit into a show box to exhibit himself in.
— Spurgeon (1834  1892)

The true heirs of the King James translators are those who continue their task today, not those who declare it to have been definitively concluded in 1611.
— Alister McGrath (1953 - ), In the Beginning

Preach the gospel, die and be forgotten.
Count Zinzendorf (1700-1760)

Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ.
— Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906  1945)

The gospels are the fulcrum on which all of the Bible is leveraged.
Dr. Steven Smith

The idea of a righteousness of one's own is the quintessence of sin.
 Lesslie Newbigin (1909  1998)

It is your duty to believe and to teach what the Bible teaches, not what you want it to teach.

R.C. Sproul (1939  )

If I profess, with the loudest voice and the clearest exposition, every portion of the truth of God except precisely that little point which the world and the devil are at that moment attacking, I am not confessing Christ, however boldly I may be professing Christianity. Where the battle rages the loyalty of the soldier is proved; and to be steady on all the battle-field besides is mere flight and disgrace to him if he flinches at that one point.

— Probably not Martin Luther, although still a great quote along the line of thinking he is famous for. Source

Let the man who would hear God speak read Holy Scripture.

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

What the heathen had in their wood, we have in our opinions.

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546) "He meant by that saying to remind us idolatry still exists. The form of it changes in every generation, but the tendency for us to exchange the truth of God for a lie continually confronts each person. We have a startling capacity for self-deception." - relevant magazine article

I am more afraid of my own heart than of the pope and all his cardinals. I have within me the great pope, Self.

Martin Luther (1483 – 1546)

There is no saint without a past, no sinner without a future.

Augustine  (354 – 430)

People tell me, “Judge not lest ye be judged.” I always tell them, “Twist not scripture lest ye be like satan.” 

Paul Washer (1961  ) I saw this quote on a picture of Paul Washer. I can’t say for sure if he really said it, but I really like the quote. The passage that he is referring to is Matthew 7:1. However, like any other passage in the Bible it is important to take the verse in context. The context tells us to make sure we do not judge hypocritically, and to always be aware of our own position before we speak. This verse though does not serve as a prohibition on all judgement. The Bible has a lot to say about how we live our lives and it even has something to say about how we judge others. In John 7:24 Jesus also says “Do not judge by appearances, but judge with right judgment.” Context is key.

One final word. Anyone who accuses another of judgment has already passed judgment themselves, and committed the same sin they are accusing you of.

Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.

G.K. Chesterton (1874  1936)

They who would give up essential liberty, to purchase a little temporary safety, deserve neither liberty nor safety.

Benjamin Franklin (1706  1790)

It will be no ill wind which wrecks your ship, if the tempest casts you upon the Rock of Ages.

Spurgeon (1834  1892)

Among those Christians to whom hell means little, Calvary means less.

Billy Graham (1918  )

There are only two kinds of people in the end: those who say to God, “Thy will be done,” and those to whom God says in the end, “Thy will be done.”

C. S. Lewis (1898 – 1963)

Costly grace is the gospel which must be sought again and again and again, the gift which must be asked for, the door at which a man must knock. Such grace is costly because it calls us to follow, and it is grace because it calls us to follow Jesus Christ. It is costly because it costs a man his life, and it is grace because it gives a man the only true life. It is costly because it condemns sin, and grace because it justifies the sinner. Above all, it is costly because it cost God the life of his Son: ‘Ye were bought at a price’, and what has cost God much cannot be cheap for us. Above all, it is grace because God did not reckon his Son too dear a price to pay for our life, but delivered him up for us. Costly grace is the Incarnation of God.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer (1906  1945) in The Cost of Discipleship