What is the reason that so many Christians are wasting their lives in the terrible bondage of the world instead of living in the manifestation and the privilege and the glory of the child of God…? There is one answer: it is self that is the root of the whole trouble…the life of Christ must take the place of the self-life; then alone can we be conquerors….If you trusted God and Jesus, you could not fall—but you trust yourself.
Andrew Murray, from a series of addresses in 1895 later revised and published as The Indwelling Christ, n.d., pp. 27-28
Many would like to unite church and stage….When the old faith is gone, and enthusiasm for the gospel is extinct, it is no wonder that the people seek something else in the way of delight. Lacking bread, they feed on ashes; rejecting the way of the Lord, they run greedily in the path of folly.”
Charles Haddon Spurgeon, “Another Word Concerning the Down Grade,” The Sword and the Trowel, 1887
God save you from the sin of paring down the gospel to suit the pride of men; God grant that you may deliver your message straight and full and plain. Only so, whatever else you may sacrifice, will you have one thing—the favour of the Lord Jesus Christ.
J. Gresham Machen