Friday, February 19, 2016

John R. Rice Quotes of the Week

As hard as salvation by grace alone is for the carnal mind to accept, it is nevertheless plainly, emphatically, repeatedly taught throughout the Bible. - John R. Rice

We insult the Lord Jesus Christ when we pretend we would add anything to the merits which paid for salvation! - John R. Rice

God may use the ignorant, but He never uses the ignorant who is glad to stay ignorant. God may use a man of small talents, but not the man who does not give his talent the best usage he can. - John R. Rice

Oh, Solomon, bad company is the way to ruin! It led to the captivity and binding and death of Samson. Heathen marriages before the flood, when the sons of God took the daughters of men, as many as they chose and the whole world became violent and wicked, led to a violent, wicked race. So when Peter sat by the fire with soldiers who would crucify Jesus, he lost all his courage and cursed and swore and denied the Saviour. - John R. Rice

Money is a good servant but a bad master. It is far better to be poor and content, with ordinary comforts and without much luxury, than to be rich and tempted and worldly, as was Solomon. - John R. Rice

Proverbs 22:6 says, "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it."
Children who are reared for God can be turned out to be noble Christians and honor God.
A mother in Texas wrote me about her forty-year-old son, married and with a wife and five children. He was a drunkard, a whoremonger, but the brokenhearted mother who wrote asking me to pray said, "But I know I raised him right and when he is old he will come back to it, the Scripture said."
I found it necessary to write her that the Bible says nothing of the kind. It says if she had reared the boy right, he would not, right now, be a drunkard and adulterer. The Bible doesn't say when a child gets old he will go back to his rearing, but when he is old, independent and grown, he will still live for God as he was reared. - John R. Rice

I remember in a revival campaign a lovely, bright, ten-year-old girl who was unconverted. I spoke to her mother about it. The bright child was in the fifth grade. But the mother said, "I want her to make up her mind for herself. She thinks everything I do is wonderful. She would do anything to please me, so I do not want to over-influence her about this."
I asked her, "If she were a thief, would you not do anything to see that she learned to be honest? If she wanted to drink whiskey, would you let her make up her mind about that? If she decided to be a harlot, a prostitute, would you leave it to her to make up her own mind? Why does God give a mother influence over a child if not to use it to get the child to Heaven? You must answer to God for your daughter."
The next service the mother and daughter both came weeping, the girl trusting Christ at her mother's insistence. - John R. Rice

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