Sunday, October 30, 2016

No Neutral Ground: Let The Soldiers Of Christ Speak To Our Own Generation!

Fight the good fight of faith... (1 Timothy 6:12 a)

Comrades, let us be resolute. Let us, by whatever name we are called..Some will praise us, some will blame us; let us not care too much about either praise or blame. Let us live looking up, looking on--true by His grace, who has called us.

..Things may be badly put. He will put them perfectly. We may be distressed about what will happen if we act upon the thoughts that are growing strong within us. He will make that all right if only we follow and obey.

-Amy Carmichael, God's Missionary

The Christian is to resist the spirit of the world. But when we say this, we must understand that the world-spirit does not always take the same form. So the Christian must resist the spirit of the world in the form it takes in his own generation. If he does not do this, he is not resisting the spirit of the world at all. This is especially so for our generation, as the forces at work against us are of such a total nature. It is our generation of Christians more than any other who need to heed these words attributed to Martin Luther:

If I profess with the loudest voice and 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 Christ. Where the battle rages, there the loyalty of the soldier is proved, and to be steady on all the battlefield besides, is mere flight and disgrace if he flinches at that point.

-Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

In an age of relativity, the practice of truth when it is costly is the only way to cause the world to take seriously our protestations concerning the truth.

-Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There

Homosexuality is nothing new. What is new is that it is deliberately and systematically promoted. New also is the pressure to accept it as a valid norm. Political correctness sees to it that society in general and law-makers in particular bow to the agenda forced on us by lobbyists. .......Our need for harmony is so great that anything in connection with punishment seems narrow-minded, harsh, unkind and judgmental. Our Christian duty to love our neighbors is at the forefront of our thinking (Mat.22:37-39). 

However, the first and greatest commandment Jesus gives us sets a specific order for our love. We are to love God first and then our neighbor. There is a good reason for this. We can only truly love our neighbor if we love God first...Sympathizing with human weakness is not the same as sympathizing with human wickedness.

-S.Joela Kruger, Intolerance, Navigating the storm of end time humanism

I can see little consistency in a type of Christian activity which preaches the Gospel on the street corners and at the ends of the Earth, but neglects the children of the covenant by abandoning them to a cold and unbelieving secularism.

- J. Gresham Machen

And so I challenge you. I call for Christian radicals, and especially young Christian radicals, to stand up in loving confrontation, but confrontation---looking to the living Christ moment by moment for strength---in loving confrontation with all that is wrong and destructive in the church, our culture, and the state.

-Francis Schaeffer, The Great Evangelical Disaster

When the time comes to die, make sure that all you have to do is die!

-Jim Elliot, The Journals of Jim Elliot