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  • Mark shared from Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton
    I think that the church in America today is so obsessed with being practical, relevant, helpful, successful, and perhaps even well-liked that it nearly mirrors the world itself. Aside from the packaging, there is nothing that cannot be found in mostchurches today that could not be satisfied by any number of secular programs and self-help groups.
  • Mark shared from Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton
    He lulls us to sleep as we trim our message to the banality of popular culture and invoke Christ's name for anything and everything but salvation from the coming judgment.
  • Mark shared from Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton
    Where everything is measured by our happiness rather than by God's holiness, the sense of our being sinners becomes secondary, if not offensive. If we are good people who have lost our way but with the proper instructions and motivation canbecome a better person, we need only a life coach, not a redeemer. We
  • Mark shared from Christless Christianity: The Alternative Gospel of the American Church by Michael Horton
    ere we are in the North American church-conservative or liberal, evangelical or mainline, Protestant or - Catholic, emergent or otherwise-cranking along just fine, thank you. So we're busy downsizing, becoming culturally relevant, reaching out, drawing in, making disciples, managing the machinery, utilizing biblical principles, celebrating recovery, user-friendly, techno savvy, finding the purposeful life, practicing peace with justice, utilizing spiritual disciplines, growing in self-esteem, reinventing ourselves as effective ecclesiastical entrepreneurs, and, in general, feeling ever so much...
  • Mark shared from The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips
    The greatest need of the church today is a strategic, full-orbed, robust, biblical grasp of the Gospel of Jesus Christ and its transformative implications. We don’t need more glitz or glamour, better marketing or programs, snazzier décor or entertainment. We do need a whole-Bible grasp of the Gospel.
  • Mark shared from Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots by J. C. Ryle
    True holiness, we surely ought to remember, does not consist merely of inward sensations and impressions. It is much more than tears, and sighs, and bodily excitement, and a quickened pulse, and a passionate feeling of attachment to our own favourite preachers and our own religious party, and a readiness to quarrel with everyone who does not agree with us. It is something of "the image of Christ," which can be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings. (Rom. viii. 29.) (3) I ask, in the third place, whether it is wise to
  • Mark shared from The Sovereignty of God by Arthur W. Pink
    "Salvation is of the LORD" (Jonah 2:9); but the Lord does not save all. Why not? He does save some; then if He saves some, why not others? Is it because they are too sinful and depraved? No; for the Apostle wrote, "This is a faithful saying, and worthy of all acceptation, that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners; of whom I am chief" (1 Tim. 1:15). Therefore, if God saved the "chief" of sinners, none are excluded because of their depravity. Why then does not God save all? Is it because some are too stony-hearted to be won? No; because it is written, that God will "take the stony heart...
  • Mark shared from The World-Tilting Gospel by Dan Phillips
    People leap for an experience, fall short of truth, and wander off lost and aimless. A truncated “half-spell” has been substituted for the biblical Gospel. The “nice bits” have been snipped out, isolated, and dolled up as more marketable. Folks have signed on without any real grasp of the Gospel in all its fullness and power. Many professed Christians regard the Gospel as our ticket “in,” and then we’re done with it. It’s like a contract: We ignore the lawyer-talk, sign it, and then forget about it. We think that the Gospel was beginner’s material. Pray a prayer, pen your name,...
  • Mark shared from Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul
    Happiness cannot be fully discovered as long as we remain ignorant of God’s Word. Absurd? Unthinkable? I wish it were. In literally thousands of pastors’ studies, people are being counseled to act against Scripture because the pastor wants them to be happy. “Yes, Mrs. Jones, go ahead and divorce your husband (despite the fact that she is without biblical warrant), for I am sure you will never find happiness married to a man like that.”
  • Mark shared from Knowing Scripture by R. C. Sproul
    The Christian who is not diligently involved in a serious study of Scripture is simply inadequate as a disciple of Christ. To be an adequate Christian and competent in the things of God we must do more than attend “sharing sessions” and “bless me parties.” We cannot learn competency by osmosis. Biblically illiterate Christians are not only inadequate but unequipped. In fact, they are inadequate because they are not equipped.