Friday, March 20, 2015

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

Some enemies of the Bible talk about worship of the Bible and call it bibliolatry and say people ought not worship the Word of God. The Bible itself has no such warning. Of course it is true we do not worship the Bible but worship the God of the Bible. But when Jesus said we are to keep these sacredly, love them, abide in them, hide them in our heart, every honest Christian should most reverently, lovingly, continually meditate in these words, the book of God, the Bible. - John R. Rice

Where a man is not interested, plenty of Scripture will make him interested. Where a man has no sense of sin, the Scripture will show him his sin. There are plenty of Scriptures on sin. Where people have perverted ideas, plenty of Scriptures will correct them. The Word of God convicts people and they are saved. Then you use the Word to give them assurance of salvation. It is your tool not only for your own blessing but for your own ministry.
God give us a heart to use this miracle Book, the Word of God. - John R. Rice

Some people have an idea that faith is absolutely floating in the air and independent of any relation to God's Word. No! "Faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God" (Rom. 10:17). When you find something that God said in the Bible, then He will fulfill that promise. If God tells you to ask for something, then you can ask for it with confidence, and you read in the Bible and find out what kind of things to pray for. - John R. Rice

Another thing the Bible does for us is to give us daily guidance. Suppose some Christian girl prays, "O God, show me whether I ought to marry this lost boy or not. I know he is a drunkard, Lord, but I love him, and his hair is waved so pretty."
You need not waste your breath. Why not turn to II Corinthians 6:14 and you will see that you don't have to pray about that. God said, "Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness?" Why waste your time praying when God has already told you what to do? A large percent of your praying for guidance where you do not get an answer is because you won't take what God has already given in the Bible. The Holy Spirit who wrote the Bible is the same Holy Spirit you have to depend on for guidance now, and you insult His written instructions and then expect Him to give you secret instructions. The Holy Spirit has an affinity for a heart that loves and follows the Word. - John R. Rice

Think with me for a bit about living by the Bible, or Jesus and his Bible. The Bible stands so high in God's estimation, it is a pity that it does not stand higher in ours. The first Psalm says: "Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful. But his delight is in the law of the LORD; and in his law doth he meditate day and night. And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not wither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper." - John R. Rice

No true fact of scientific or secular knowledge contradicts any truth of the Bible. However, when ungodly men make claims of facts that deny Bible truth, the claims are "profane and vain babblings," and to be avoided. The Bible is absolute authority. Therefore, the Graf-Wellhausen theory, denying the Mosaic authorship of the Pentateuch, and so on, taught by unsaved men, is to be rejected. The vague theories of the evolutionary origin of man are unfounded, "science falsely so called." God's people are to avoid them as other heathen myths- unproven, satanic, and unchristian. - John R. Rice

That the Bible is the key to prosperity and success in everything is given in Joshua, chapter 1. The Lord said, 'Moses my servant is dead. But I am not dead, Joshua. As I was with Moses, so will I be with thee.' Let's not worry when a Moses dies; God will have a Joshua. It doesn't matter too much about what particular individual God chooses to use as a vessel just so long just so long as we have a God ready to raise up another vessel. - John R. Rice

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