In the name of your own soul and its own salvation, in the name of the adorable victim of that bloody and agonizing sacrifice whence you draw all your hopes of salvation; by Gethsemane and Calvary, I charge you, citizens of the United States, afloat on your wide sea of politics, there is another King, one Jesus; the safety of the state can be secured only in the way of humble and whole-souled loyalty to His person and of obedience to His law.
—A. A. Hodge, 1887
Our Lord Jesus Christ orders us to seek first the kingdom of God and His righteousness; therefore, it was resolved . . . that the Word of God shall be preached freely everywhere.
—Law of Religious Freedom, Transylvania, 1571
We are not our own, we are God’s. To Him, therefore, let us live and die. We are God’s. Toward Him, therefore, let every part of our lives be directed. We are not our own; therefore, as far as possible, let us forget ourselves and the things that are ours. . . . We are God’s; let us, therefore, live and die to Him (Rom:14:8) [and] . . . let His wisdom and will preside over all our actions.
—John Calvin, 1509-64, Institutes
Scripture warns us that evil character is contagious. . . . If your child has one friend with evil character, he will be infected. . . . Noah appeared to the world of his day as a religious fanatic, yet his family alone was saved. Abraham kept his family at arm’s length from his Canaanite neighbors and their filthy abominations and produced a godly Isaac. Jonadab refused to obey the social planners and polite society of his day, maintained a strict lifestyle for himself and his family and had the joy of looking over the ramparts of Heaven 400 years later to see his descendants still living separated lives (Jer:35:5-10), uncontaminated by the world.
—Ron Williams, pastor of Fundamental Baptist church, Winona Lake, IN, O Timothy, Winter 1992