Friday, April 4, 2008

The Quotes Thread

Alright, folks; let's amass an amazing collection of good solid Reformed quotes up here! I'll start us off:

"A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's Truth was attacked and yet would remain silent." John Calvin

"Take heed...The devil is a greater scholar than you." Richard Baxter

"A man's most valuable trait is a judicious sense of what not to believe." Euripides

"God has not deserted his Church; he has brought her through even darker hours than those which try our courage now, yet the darkest hour has always come before the dawn. We have today the entrance of paganism into the Church in the name of Christianity. But in the second century a similar battle was fought and won. And another Reformation on God's good time will come." J. Gresham Machen, 1923

"We are not won by arguments that we can analyze but by tone and temper, by the manner which is the man himself." Samuel Butler

"Heaven have mercy on us all - Presbyterians and Pagans alike - for we are all dreadfully cracked about the head and desperately in need of mending." Herman Melville (in Moby Dick)

"We cannot find God for the same reason a thief cannot find a police officer." Michael Horton

"Divisions and separations are most objectionable in religion. They weaken the cause of true Christianity...But before we blame people for them, we must be careful that we lay the blame where it is deserved. False doctrine and heresy are even worse than schism. If people separate themselves from teaching that is positively false and unscriptural, they ought to be praised rather than reproved. In such cases separation is a virtue and not a sin." J.C. Ryle

"Oh, how rare are the Christians who speak with a tender heart and have a theological backbone of steel." John Piper

"If I see a man who loves the Lord Jesus in sincerity, I am not very solicitous to what communion he belongs. The Kingdom of God, I think, does not consist in such things." George Whitefield

"If any man doth ascribe salvation, even the very least, to the free will of man, he knoweth nothing of grace, and he hath not learnt Jesus Christ aright." Martin Luther

"The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men." John Owen

"Deliver me, O Lord, from that evil man, myself." Thomas Benton Brooks


  1. "What is today a matter of academic speculation begins tomorrow to move armies and pull down empires. In that second stage, it has gone too far to be combatted; the time to stop it was when it was still a matter of impassionate debate."
    -J. Gresham Machen

    "He also used the language of inviting God to invade our lives. What sovereign has ever invited another sovereign to invade his country?"
    -Jon Cochran

    "Perhaps the world is not responding to the churches’ message because the message is garbled. Neither the churches nor the world knows exactly what to do to have eternal life."
    -John Robbins

  2. Reverend Lovejoy in a sermon about the Movementarians: "This so called new religion is nothing but a pack of weird rituals and chants designed to take away the money of fools. Let us say the Lord's prayer 40 times, but first let's pass the collection plate."


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