Tuesday, December 08, 2009

Quotes of the Week

Recently I was asked if I thought evil was worse today than 50 years ago.In some respects, No. Just read Romans 1.Those sins people did then when God gave them up are being committed today. The pornography on walls in ancient Pompeii rival anything seen today. In another respect, Yes. Evil is worse in that sin is more tolerated and even acceptable. Furthermore, Paul warned that evil men and deceivers would go from bad to worse as time passes (2 Timothy 3:13). TV shows display evil in a more open way than years ago.

What should be a Christian's reaction to increasing evil to which we are being exposed. Toward evil it is smart to be simple (Romans 16:19). The word "simple" is used in two other passages (Matthew 10:16 and Philippians 2:15) where it is translated "innocent"--not the best translation). The word means unmixed, free from foreign matter, like an unalloyed metal. Outside the New Testament it is translated "pure."

What can a believer do? Be pure and unmixed concerning evil. Sometimes we need to reprove evil (Eph. 5:11-12). And always we much fill our minds with thoughts that are pure, good and just (Philippians 4:8). - Dr. Charles Ryrie‏
We must expect great things from God and we must attempt great things for God. - William Carey

Pray the largest prayers. You cannot think a prayer so large that God in answering it will not wish you had made it larger. Pray not for crutches but wings. - Phillips Brooks
When Jesus Christ walked on the earth, He was perfectly righteous. He did not sin outwardly because He did not sin inwardly. He was without fault. he never had an evil thought, never said an evil word, never committed even one evil deed.

He perfectly fulfilled God's Law. He lived a life of perfect Holiness, perfect purity, and perfect goodness. He succeeded where we failed, and He obeyed where we rebelled. By His perfect life, he fulfilled everything God required of us. - Jonathan Falwell

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