Quotations for May, 2015
Friday, May 1, 2015
Feast of Philip & James, Apostles
[Continued from yesterday:]Assumption 4: Questions can be “right” or “wrong.” All of us have had the experience of asking a question, only to be told the question was inappropriate, irrelevant, or “wrong.” According to this rule, “wrong” questions reveal a lack of faith, a refusal to believe, a rebellion, a carnal heart. “Wrong” questions are unanswerable questions. “Wrong” questions threaten the majority viewpoint.
... Mike Yaconelli (1942-2003), Dangerous Wonder: the Adventure of Childlike Faith, Colorado Springs, Colo.: NavPress, 1998, p. 39
(see the book; see also Matt. 9:4-6; Mark 2:8-11; 10:18; Luke 5:22-24; 12:16-20; 18:19; John 5:41-44; more at Belief, Faith, Heart, Question, Wrong)
Saturday, May 2, 2015
Feast of St. Athanasius, Bishop of Alexandria, Teacher, 373
To imply that Jesus “went to heaven when he died”, or that he is now simply a spiritual presence, and to suppose that such ideas exhaust the referential meaning of “Jesus was raised from the dead”, is to miss the point, to cut the nerve of the social, cultural and political critique. Death is the ultimate weapon of the tyrant; resurrection does not make a covenant with death, it overthrows it. The resurrection, in the full Jewish and early Christian sense, is the ultimate affirmation that creation matters, that embodied human beings matter.
... N. T. Wright (b. 1948), The Resurrection of the Son of God, Fortress Press, 2003, p. 730
(see the book; see also Acts 2:23-24; Matt. 17:22-23; Luke 9:22; 24:5-7; Acts 2:32; 3:15; 1 Cor. 15:17; more at Creation, Culture, Death, Jesus, Resurrection, Social, Tyranny)
Sunday, May 3, 2015
O my God, deep calls unto deep. The deep of my profound misery calls to the deep of Your infinite mercy.
... Bernard of Clairvaux (1091-1153), The Love of God, and Spiritual Friendship, ed. James Houston, Multnomah Press, 1983, p. 107
(see the book; see also Ps. 42:7; 57:10; 107:1; 108:4; Luke 1:50; Acts 3:19-20; Rom. 11:32; 1 Cor. 2:10; Eph. 2:4-5; more at Call, God, Infinite, Mercy, Prayers)
Monday, May 4, 2015
Feast of English Saints & Martyrs of the Reformation
The overshadowing event of the past two centuries of Christian life has been the struggle between orthodoxy and modernism. In this struggle the primary issue has, as a matter of fact, not been discipleship to Christ and transformation of soul that expresses itself in pervasive, routine obedience to his “all that I have commanded you.” Instead, both sides of the controversy have focused almost entirely upon what is to be explicitly asserted or rejected as essential Christian doctrine. In the process of battles over views of Christ the Savior, Christ the Teacher was lost on all sides.
... Dallas Willard (1935-2013), The Great Omission: Reclaiming Jesus's Essential Teachings on Discipleship, HarperCollins, 2006, p. 109
(see the book; see also Luke 6:43-45; Ps. 51:10,17; 119:11; Pr. 4:21; Matt. 23:25-26; Mark 7:21-23; John 4:23-24; 2 Cor. 4:16-18; Eph. 3:16-19; Col. 3:12-14; more at Battle, Christ, Disciple, Obedience, Savior, Struggle, Teach)
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
[The Kingdom of God] is the reconciliation of the world to God. And here is the consequence of this reconciliation: a new world, a new aeon, a new heaven, and a new earth, which are new because they are surrounded by the peace of God... The end and purpose of the world is the coming of the Kingdom.
... Karl Barth (1886-1968), Prayer, Westminster John Knox Press, 2002, p. 35
(see the book; see also 2 Cor. 5:18-19; Ps. 29:11; 85:8; Matt. 26:64; Mark 13:26; Luke 21:27; John 14:27; Acts 10:36; more at Earth, God, Kingdom, Peace, Purpose, Reconciliation, World)
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
How dry and hard you are without Jesus! How foolish and vain if you desire anything but Him! Is it not a greater loss than losing the whole world? For what, without Jesus, can the world give you? Life without Him is a relentless hell, but living with Him is a sweet paradise. If Jesus be with you, no enemy can harm you.
... Thomas à Kempis (1380-1471), Of the Imitation of Christ , Leipzig: Bernhard Tauchnitz, 1877, II.viii.1-2, p. 95-96
(see the book; see also John 10:27-29; Ps. 27:1; 46:1-3; 56:4,11; 118:6; Matt. 16:26; Mark 8:36; Luke 9:25; John 11:28-29; Rom. 8:31; 1 John 4:4; more at Folly, Jesus, Life, Paradise, Vanity, World)
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Let us remember how very soon the missionary character of the Church was forgotten, and the Church, instead of obeying the commandment of Jesus to go and make disciples of all nations (in fact, that it was chiefly a missionary association), neglected this great and important calling... It is astonishing how a commandment so simple and distinct, and how a duty which you would have imagined would be eagerly greeted by the impulse of gratitude, of affection, and of compassion, was forgotten for so long a time, in the churches of the Reformation especially. Now we are accustomed to hear of mission work among the heathen nations, and to find that a great multitude of people are interested in it, and regard it with respect; but it was only at the commencement of the last century, and with great difficulty, [that] the attention of the Church was roused to this important duty; and even in the... Church of Scotland there were a number of ministers who thought that the state of heathenism was so utterly corrupt, and that there was so much to be done in our own country, that it was altogether a Utopian project to think of converting the idolaters, and that it was not our imperative duty to trouble ourselves with their wretched condition.
... Adolph Saphir (1831-1891), Christ and Israel, London: Morgan and Scott, 1911, p. 83-84
(see the book; see also Matt. 28:19-20; Ps. 22:27-31; 98:2-3; Mark 16:15-16; Luke 24:46-49; Acts 1:8; 2:38-39; 10:45-48; 13:46-47; 28:28; Col. 1:22-23; more at Call, Church, Commandment, Conversion, Corruption, Duty, Jesus, Mission, Missionary, Obedience, Reformation)
Friday, May 8, 2015
Feast of Juliana of Norwich, Mystic, Teacher, c.1417
Commemoration of Dallas Willard, Teacher, Spiritual Writer, 2013
God, of Thy Goodness, give me Thyself: for Thou art enough to me, and I may nothing ask that is less that may be full worship to Thee; and if I ask anything that is less, ever me wanteth,—but only in Thee I have all.
... Juliana of Norwich (1342?-1417), Revelations of Divine Love, Grace Harriet Warrack, ed., Methuen, 1901, ch. V, p. 11
(see the book; see also Luke 11:9-10; Ps. 27:8; 105:3-4; Pr. 8:17; Matt. 6:33; 7:7-8; Heb. 11:6; more at God, Goodness, Prayers, Worship)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
“The just shall live by faith.” St. Paul is not speaking here of our dogmatic faith, but of that which is purely personal, and which specially concerns God’s Providence over the souls He leads. Such souls He inspires with perfect trust in His Word and promise, and then He tries the strength of that trust, by various searching tests, through which it is their part to remain steadfast, undoubting.
... Jean Nicolas Grou (1731-1803), The Hidden Life of the Soul, London: Rivingtons, 1870, p. 149
(see the book; see also Rom. 1:17; Job 13:15; Hab. 2:4; Acts 7:59; Rom. 4:18; Phil. 3:20-21; 2 Tim. 1:12; more at Faith, God, Inspiration, Promise, Providence, Steadfast, Trust)
Sunday, May 10, 2015
New forms of community, shaped largely by media and consumer choices, are displacing many of the former structures of community. But they carry with them a major drawback: they often do not bring persons into face-to-face relationships. Many people today desperately search for a face-to-face community, “a place where everybody knows your name.” Yet many remain alone, trapped in the individualism of the modern condition. Social and ethnic diversity represents a threat, not a resolution.
... Darrell L. Guder, Missional Church: A Vision for the Sending of the Church in North America, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1998, p. 43
(see the book; see also John 15:12-13; 13:34-35; Eph. 4:32; Col. 3:13; 1 Pet. 1:22; 1 John 3:11,23; 4:11-12; more at Choices, Community, People, Social)
Monday, May 11, 2015
In perplexities,—when we cannot understand what is going on around us—cannot tell whither events are tending—cannot tell what to do, because we cannot see into or through the matter before us, —let us be calmed and steadied and made patient by the thought that what is hidden from us is not hidden from Him.
... Frances Ridley Havergal (1836-1879), My King: or, Daily Thoughts for the King’s Children, E.P. Dutton & cC., 1887, p. 83
(see the book; see also Heb. 4:13; 1 Sam. 16:7; 2 Sam. 18:13; 1 Chr. 28:9; Ps. 7:9; 119:105; Isa. 42:16; Matt. 10:26; Mark 4:22; Luke 8:17; 12:2; more at Patience, Sight, Tranquility, Trust)
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
Commemoration of Aiden Wilson Tozer, Spiritual Writer, 1963
All of God’s acts are consistent with all of His attributes. No attribute contradicts the other, but all harmonize and blend into each other in the infinite abyss of the Godhead. All that God does agrees with all that God is, and being and doing are one in Him.
... A. W. Tozer (1897-1963), The Knowledge of the Holy, Harper & Row, 1975, p. 85
(see the book; see also Rom. 11:28-29; Num. 23:19; 1 Sam. 15:29; Hab. 2:3; Luke 21:33; Heb. 6:17-18; Jas. 1:17; more at Attributes of God, God, Infinite, Unity)
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
We have still much to learn as to the laws according to which the mind and body act on one another, and according to which one mind acts on another; but it is certain that a great part of this mutual action can be reduced to general laws, and that the more we know of such laws the greater our power to benefit others will be. If, when, through the operation of such laws, surprising events take place, [we may] cry out, ... “Such is the will of God,” instead of setting ourselves to inquire whether it was the will of God to give us power to bring about or prevent such results, then our conduct is not piety but sinful laziness.
... George Salmon (1819-1904), “A Sermon on the Work of the Holy Spirit”, Appendix, in The Evidences of the Work of the Holy Spirit, Dublin: Hodges, Smith, 1859, p. 30
(see the book; see also Gen. 1:28-29; Pr. 1:7; 3:19-20; 18:15; 24:5; Luke 11:52; Acts 18:24-28; 1 Cor. 13:9-12; more at Action, Holy Spirit, Knowledge, Law, Mind, Power, Will of God)
Thursday, May 14, 2015
Feast of Matthias the Apostle
Once you become aware that the main business that you are here for is to know God, most of life’s problems fall into place of their own accord.
... James I. Packer (b. 1926), Knowing God, London: Hodder and Stoughton, 1973, p. 34
(see the book; see also Phil. 3:10-11; Ps. 9:10; Jer. 31:33-34; Hos. 6:3,6; John 17:3; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:17-18; 2 Tim. 1:12; Heb. 8:10-12; 1 John 5:20; more at Awareness, God, Knowing God, Life)
Friday, May 15, 2015
Commemoration of Charles Williams, Spiritual Writer, 1945
Prayer in the Scriptures is a renunciation of human means. It is not merely the point beyond which I could not go, the limit of my power which dissolves into impotence, but it is indeed a stripping bare, the abandonment of all human apparatus in order to place myself, without arms or equipment, into the hands of the Lord, who decides and fulfills.
... Jacques Ellul (1912-1994), Prayer and Modern Man, New York: The Seabury Press, 1973, p. 30
(see the book; see also Ps. 40:8; Matt. 16:24; Mark 8:34; Luke 9:23; 22:42; John 4:34; 5:19,30; 1 Thess. 3:2-3; more at Fulfillment, God, Power, Prayer, Renunciation, Scripture)
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Commemoration of Caroline Chisholm, Social Reformer, 1877
Do not wonder to see simple people believe without reasoning. God imparts to them love of Him and hatred of self. He inclines their heart to believe. Men will never believe with a saving and real faith, unless God inclines their heart; and they will believe as soon as He inclines it. And this is what David knew well, when he said: “Incline my heart, O Lord, unto thy testimonies.”
... Blaise Pascal (1623-1662), Pensées (Thoughts) , P.F. Collier & Son, 1910, #284, p. 100-101
(see the book; see also Ps. 119:36; 51:10; 1 Kings 8:58; Pr. 3:5; Eze. 11:19-20; John 6:44-45; 14:6; more at Belief, Faith, Heart, People, Salvation, Simplicity)
Sunday, May 17, 2015
I thirst, but not as once I did,The vain delights of earth to share;Thy wounds, Emmanuel, all forbidThat I should seek my pleasures there. It was the sight of thy dear crossFirst wean’d my soul from earthly things;And taught me to esteem as drossThe mirth of fools and pomp of kings. I want that grace that springs from thee,That quickens all things where it flows,And makes a wretched thorn like meBloom as the myrtle or the rose. Dear fountain of delight unknown!No longer sink below the brim;But overflow and pour me downA living and life-giving stream! For sure, of all the plants that shareThe notice of thy Father’s eye,None proves less grateful to his care,Or yields him meaner fruit than I.
... William Cowper (1731-1800), The Works of William Cowper: his life, letters, and poems, New York: R. Carter & Brothers, 1851, p. 682
(see the book; see also John 7:38-39; Ps. 46:4; Eccl. 2:1; Isa. 5:14; John 4:12-14; 6:27; Rom. 5:20-21; 2 Cor. 1:21-22; more at Cross, Earth, Father, Grace, Gratitude, Jesus, Pleasure, Vanity, Worldly)
Monday, May 18, 2015
The Church on earth is a cross-eyed church, with one eye on God in His heavenly benediction, and one eye on the needy world of men.
... David Head, Shout for Joy, New York: MacMillan Co., 1962, p. 108
(see the book; see also Isa. 9:2; 32:3; 42:6-7; 61:1; Acts 6:1-4; 2 Cor. 4:6; Eph. 1:3,18-19; Heb. 12:2; more at Church, Earth, Heaven, World)
Tuesday, May 19, 2015
Feast of Dunstan, Archbishop of Canterbury, 988
Suppose the evidence had been reversed: suppose Jesus’ first convert in Samaria had been a man, and His favorite friends in Bethany had been two active brothers and a silent sister; suppose a woman had betrayed Him with a kiss, and another woman had cursed Him for fear of a manservant in the High Priest’s courtyard; suppose two men had first found His tomb empty, and the women had come to see it only in doubt and fear; suppose that the church in Caesarea had been served by the four sons of Phillip, all prophets, and Aquila’s name had always been mentioned before his wife’s—would we not assert without fear of contradiction that the New Testament reinforces the teaching of the Old, that women are and must remain inferior to men?
... Robert MacColl Adams (1913-1985)
(see also Matt. 9:22; 16:13-15; 17:12; 26:47-49,69-74; 28:1; Luke 24:9-12; John 4:7-10; 11:1-2; Acts 18:26; 21:8-9; more at Bible, Church, Doubt, Jesus, Man, Woman)
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
The resurrection of Jesus is a sign of God’s purpose and power to restore his creation to its full stature and integrity. Just as death could be seen as the culmination of all that is wrong with the world, so the resurrection can be seen as a pledge of God’s ultimate victory over the disorder which plagues his creation on account of the fall. Death is the greatest enemy, and yet death has been defeated by God through Christ. And so we are given hope that the remainder of the powers and forces that confront us are similarly being defeated and their power broken.
... Alister E. McGrath (b. 1953), What Was God Doing on the Cross?, Grand Rapids: Zondervan Publishing, 1992, p. 51-52
(see the book; see also Acts 2:26-27; Ps. 16:8-11; Hos. 13:14; 1 Cor. 15:55; Col. 1:27; 1 Thess. 4:13-14; more at Creation, Death, God, Jesus, Power, Purpose, Renewal, Resurrection, Victory)
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Feast of Commemoration of Helena, Protector of the Faith, 330
Next to the wicked lives of men, nothing is so great a disparagement and weakening to religion, as the divisions of Christians.
... John Tillotson (1630-1694), Works of Dr. John Tillotson, v. IX, London: J. F. Dove, for R. Priestley, 1820, Sermon CCIX, p. 45
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 3:3; Matt. 12:25; John 17:23; Rom. 15:6; 16:17; 1 Cor. 1:10; 11:18; more at Church, Evil, Greatness, Weakness)
Friday, May 22, 2015
When we as Christians say that only by an intervention of God, by His creating a new situation, can communion with God be established, we recognize that a breach between God and man does exist.That is why historical revelation is the great scandal or stumbling block for natural men. Man, filled with his self-love and self-pride, does not want to be uncovered, because he does not want his pride to be infringed upon. To acknowledge historical revelation means to acknowledge that the truth is not in us, that the right relation to God cannot be established from our side; that the breach between God and us is of such a nature that we can do nothing about it.
... Emil Brunner (1889-1966), The Scandal of Christianity, London: SCM Press, 1951, reprint, John Knox Press, 1965, p. 22
(see the book; see also 1 John 4:2-3; Pr. 16:18; Isa. 2:11-17; Obad. 1:3-4; Matt. 9:35-36; 20:25-28; 23:5-12; Mark 10:42-45; Rom. 3:10-11; 8:7-9; 12:3,16; Eph. 2:1-3; more at Communion, God, Historical, Man, Pride, Revelation, Self)
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Commemoration of Petroc, Abbot of Padstow, 6th century
It is fire that prevails. For fifty days the facts of the Gospel were complete, but no conversions were recorded. Pentecost registered three thousand souls. It is the cause that sets men ablaze that wins converts.
... Samuel Chadwick (1860-1932), The Way to Pentecost, Hodder and Stoughton, 1932, p. 98-99
(see the book; see also Acts 2:41; 1:4-8; 4:5; 13:48; Heb. 12:29; Jude 1:22-23; more at Conversion, Fire, Holy Spirit, Man, Pentecost)
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Feast of John and Charles Wesley, Priests, Poets, Teachers, 1791 & 1788
Are we [missionaries] not dependent upon [the Holy Ghost] for every spiritual qualification necessary for our work, and for every real success in it? Do we want native pastors, teachers, evangelists, or deacons? It is the Holy Ghost who calls the right men to office, and fits them for the successful discharge of their duties. Do we long to see this people turn from their dumb idols and sins to the living God? It is the Holy Ghost alone that can convince them of sin, reveal Christ to their inmost consciousness, regenerate their souls, and lead them to faith and repentance. Do we wish to build up a holy spiritual Church in this land? Do we wish to see the Churches become self-supporting, self-governing, self-propagating? The Holy Ghost is the source of all power and efficiency, whether in the members individually, or in the Church collectively.
... Griffith John (1831-1912), Records of the General Conference of the Protestant Missionaries of China, Shanghai: Presbyterian Mission Press, 1878, p. 39
(see the book; see also Acts 9:31; 6:2-3; 14:23; Rom. 8:13-14,28; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 12:2-3; 2 Cor. 5:20; 2 Tim. 1:14; 1 Pet. 2:9; more at Call, Church, Duty, Evangelization, Faith, Holy Spirit, Minister, Missionary, Power, Regeneration, Repentance, Success)
Monday, May 25, 2015
Feast of the Venerable Bede, Priest, Monk of Jarrow, Historian, 735
Commemoration of Aldhelm, Abbot of Mamsbury, Bishop of Sherborne, 709
O for a heart to praise my God,A heart from sin set free,A heart that always feels Thy bloodSo freely shed for me. A heart resigned, submissive, meek,My great Redeemer’s throne,Where only Christ is heard to speak,Where Jesus reigns alone. A humble, lowly, contrite, heart,Believing, true and clean,Which neither life nor death can partFrom Christ who dwells within. A heart in every thought renewedAnd full of love divine,Perfect and right and pure and good,A copy, Lord, of Thine.
... Charles Wesley (1707-1788), A Collection of Hymns, for the use of the people called Methodists, John Wesley, London: Wesleyan Conference Office, 1876, p. 322
(see the book; see also Eze. 36:25-27; John 14:16-17; Rom. 8:3-4,29; 1 Cor. 3:16; 2 Cor. 4:16-17; Gal. 2:20; more at Belief, Christ, Cleanse, God, Heart, Humility, Jesus, Meekness, Perfection, Praise, Redemption, Sin, Truth)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Feast of Augustine, first Archbishop of Canterbury, 605
Commemoration of Arthur John Gossip, Spiritual Writer, 1954
It is not for nothing that the central rite of Christ’s religion is not a fast but a feast, as if to say that the one indispensable requirement for obtaining a portion in Him is an appetite, some hunger, is to be without what we must have and He can give.
... A. J. Gossip (1873-1954), The Galilean Accent, Edinburgh: T. & T. Clark, 1926, p. 22
(see the book; see also John 7:37; Ps. 42:1-2; Matt. 26:26-28; 1 Cor. 5:7-8; 11:23-27; Eph. 1:4-6; Rev. 19:9; more at Christ, Church, Fasting, Giving, Religion)
Wednesday, May 27, 2015
Commemoration of John Calvin, renewer of the Church, 1564
Any due progress in the knowledge of Christ brings with it all that can be learned from the Gospel. On the other hand, to search for wisdom apart from Christ means not simply foolhardiness but utter insanity.
... John Calvin (1509-1564),  The Epistles of Paul the Apostle to the Romans and to the Thessalonians, Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1995, p. 15
(see the book; see also Col. 2:2-3; Rom. 1:1-4; 11:33; 1 Cor. 1:22-24; 2:6-8; Eph. 1:7-8; 3:10-11; Col. 1:9; 3:16; 2 Tim. 3:16-17; more at Christ, Gospel, Knowing God, Progress, Search, Wisdom)
Thursday, May 28, 2015
Commemoration of Lanfranc, Prior of Le Bec, Archbishop of Canterbury, 1089
God truly is of infinite greatness, better than we can think; of unreckoned sweetness; inconceivable of all natures wrought; and can never be comprehended by us as He is in Himself in eternity.
... Richard Rolle (1290?-1349), from The Mending of Life, in Fire of Love , tr. Richard Misyn, VI.
(see the book; see also Jer. 10:6; Deut. 32:3; Job 37:5; Ps. 145:3; 150:2; Eccl. 3:11; Isa. 40:28; Rom. 11:33; Eph. 1:18-19; more at Eternity, God, Goodness, Greatness, Infinite)
Friday, May 29, 2015
Jesus came to raise the dead. Not to repair the repairable, correct the correctable, or improve the improvable. Just to raise the dead, and nobody but the dead. Nothing is all he needs for anything.
... Robert Farrar Capon (1925-2013), The Foolishness of Preaching, Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing, 1997, p. 25
(see the book; see also 1 Cor. 6:14; Isa. 26:19; Dan. 12:2; Luke 14:14; John 5:21,25,28-29; 6:40,54; Rom. 6:4; 8:11; Eph. 5:13-14; 1 Thess. 4:14-16; more at Death, Jesus, Resurrection)
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Feast of Josephine Butler, Social Reformer, 1906
Commemoration of Joan of Arc, Visionary, 1431
Commemoration of Apolo Kivebulaya, Priest, Evangelist, 1933
We all need at times, some of us at most times, that Charity from others which, being Love Himself in them, loves the unlovable. But this, though a sort of love we need, is not the sort we want. We want to be loved for our cleverness, beauty, generosity, fairness, usefulness. The first hint that anyone is offering us the highest love of all is a terrible shock. This is so well recognized that spiteful people will pretend to be loving us with Charity precisely because they know that it will wound us. To say to one who expects a renewal of Affection, Friendship, or Eros, “I forgive you as a Christian” is merely a way of continuing the quarrel. Those who say it are of course lying. But the thing would not be falsely said in order to wound unless, if it were true, it would be wounding.
... C. S. Lewis (1898-1963), The Four Loves, London: Geoffrey Bles, 1960, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 1960, p. 131-132
(see the book; see also Mark 10:21; Ps. 10:2-3; Pr. 14:9; Mic. 7:8-9; Matt. 26:49-50; Mark 14:45; 1 Cor. 13:4-7; more at Affection, Charity, Forgiveness, Love, Quarrel, Renewal)
Sunday, May 31, 2015
Theology belongs in the pulpit, the school, the work-place, the family, and everywhere. Society as a whole is weakened when theology is neglected. Without a systematic application of theology, too often people approach the Bible with a smorgasbord mentality, picking and choosing that which pleases them.
... Rousas J. Rushdoony (1916-2001), Systematic Theology, v. I, Ross House Books, 2003, v.1, p. xv
(see the book; see also Isa. 30:10-11; Deut. 4:2; 12:32; Jer. 6:13-14; Matt. 24:24; Mark 13:22; Luke 21:8; Gal. 1:6-9; Eph. 5:6; Phil. 3:1-3; 1 Tim. 4:1,16; 2 Tim. 4:3-4; Tit. 1:9; 2:1; 2 Pet. 2:1-3; 1 John 2:26; 2 John 1:7-10; Jude 1:3-4; Rev. 22:18-19; more at Authenticity, Bible, Family, Pleasure, School, Social, Theology)
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