Friday, January 22, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

No man is true to Christ who doesn't believe the Bible, the Word of Christ. - John R. Rice

Lukewarmness about the Bible, even among born-again Christians, is startling! It is shocking to find that probably more than half the Christians never have one time read the Bible through. Inevitably they are not well established in truth, so they are the prey of false cults and of many temptations. They would not be strong for the defense of the Faith nor indignant against the liberals who deny the verbal inspiration. They fall into many sins not having the protection of the Word hidden in their heart (Ps. 119:11). - John R. Rice

How many angels in Heaven? Ten thousand times ten thousand [Rev. 5:11] would be a hundred million, and add to these "thousand of thousands." That is at least two thousand times two thousands or a minimum of four million more. So there are at least 104 million angels. These were all called to worship Christ at His birth. "And again, when he bringeth in the first begotten into the world, he saith, And let all the angels of God worship him" (Heb. 1:6). - John R. Rice

The unpardonable sin does not mean that God's offer of mercy is withdrawn or that if the sinner would come to Christ, he would be rejected. The promise is still good that "all that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out" (John 6:37). And again we are promised, "For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved" (Rom. 10:13). But a sinner may go so far that he cannot turn because he does not desire to turn. The unpardonable sin does not change Christ but the sinner and forever he turns himself away from God.
As far as we know everybody in Hell after death has passed that point of no return and cannot repent. - John R. Rice

The wickedness of men is to hate and disclaim and deny the wrath of God. A generation that stops the death penalty for murder, that sheds all its compassion on the criminal instead of those killed or mugged or raped or victimized by the criminals, does not know a God who hates sin. An age that calls spanking children "child abuse," though the Bible plainly commands it (Prov. 13:24; 19:18; 20:20; 22:15; 23:24), will not agree to "the wrath of God." How many dodges, how many dishonest perversions of Scripture the left-wingers, the religious liberals, the mushy-minded religionists make to avoid the truth that God hates sin and must punish it! Some say the Old Testament speaks of God's wrath but the New Testament corrects it, telling of a loving, merciful Saviour who would never send sinners to Hell. No, the fact is the Lord Jesus said more about Hell and eternal punishment than any prophet before or since. - John R. Rice 

Among modern religionists, left-wingers, it is counted very pious to have great sympathy for criminals and ignore their victims. So they would do away with the death penalty; they scoff at the idea of prohibition of infamous liquor traffic; they would blot out laws against marijuana. They insist that the homosexuals, whom God names as most vile sinners, be accepted in society without reproach. They even want to ordain homosexuals as ministers! They want no preaching of Hell and judgment, no "puritanical" moral standards. They ignore all the victims of murder and liquor and dope and extramarital sex, but God does not. - John R. Rice 

For Christ is glorified in the due and proper punishment of sin, the vindication of His righteousness. "What if God, willing to shew his wrath, and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction: And that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy, which he had afore prepared unto glory" (Rom. 9:22, 23). - John R. Rice

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