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"There is something special about the truth. It cant be stopped. It rises from the ashes of censorship & media bias to shine upon the people." -Justin Steckbauer
“I've noticed that everyone who is for abortion has already been born.” –Ronald Reagan
— Dennis Prager
"People can become addicted to fame, money, and attention as deeply as they become addicted to drugs."
— Dennis Prager (Think a Second Time)
― Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Science itself is steadily nailing the lid on atheism's coffin.” –Lee Strobel
“And the leftist bullies use that nonconstitutional phrase as a baton with which to club their opponents into submission. Jefferson’s “wall of separation between Church & State,” a phrase from his 1802 letter to the Danbury Baptists, was meant not to prevent people from expressing religion in the public square but to prevent government from infringing on religious freedom.”
― Ben Shapiro, Bullies
“The excessive skepticism of many liberal theologians stems not from a careful evaluation of the available data, but from an enormous predisposition against the supernatural.” –Millar Burrows, former Yale University Professor
“Without a clear moral vision, we devolve into moral relativism, and from there, into oblivion.”
― Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“Archaeological work has unquestionably strengthened confidence in the reliability of the Scriptural record. More than one archaeologist has found his respect for the Bible increased by the experience of excavation in Palestine.” –Millar Burrows, former Yale University professor
― Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“When someone calls you a racist, sexist, bigot, homophobe because you happen to disagree with them about tax policy or same-sex marriage or abortion, that’s bullying. When someone slanders you because you happen to disagree with them about global warming or the government shutdown, that’s bullying. When someone labels you a bad human being because they disagree with you, they are bullying you. They are attacking your character without justification. That’s nasty. In fact, it makes them nasty.”
― Ben Shapiro, How to Debate Leftists and Destroy Them: 11 Rules for Winning the Argument
"Freedom comes from moral self-control. There is no other way to achieve it."
— Dennis Prager (The Ten Commandments: Still the Best Moral Code)
“Nihilism, narcissism, and hedonism are natural results of the chaotic existential subjectivism popularized by the Left. If the hallmark of the baby boomers was rebellion, the hallmark of my generation is jadedness. Nothing really matters—we’re cosmically alone.”
― Ben Shapiro, Porn Generation: How Social Liberalism Is Corrupting Our Future
“If religious books are not widely circulated among the masses in this country, I do not know what is going to become of us as a nation. If truth be not diffused, error will be; If God and His Word are not known and received, the devil and his works will gain the ascendancy, If the evangelical volume does not reach every hamlet, the pages of a corrupt and licentious literature will; If the power of the Gospel is not felt throughout the length and breadth of the land, anarchy and misrule, degradation and misery, corruption and darkness will reign without mitigation or end.” – 1823; Every Christian a Publisher, Ernest Reisinger, Free Grace Broadcaster, Issue 51, Winter, 1995, p. 17
-Isaiah 53:3-4 NIV
"The people have no other remedy in this, as in all other cases where they have no judge on earth, but to appeal to heaven: for the rulers, in such attempts, exercising a power the people never put into their hands, (who can never be supposed to consent that any body should rule over them for their harm) do that which they have not a right to do. And where the body of the people, or any single man, is deprived of their right, or is under the exercise of a power without right, and have no appeal on earth, then they have a liberty to appeal to heaven, whenever they judge the cause of sufficient moment. And therefore, though the people cannot be judge, so as to have, by the constitution of that society, any superior power, to determine and give effective sentence in the case; yet they have, by a law antecedent and paramount to all positive laws of men, reserved that ultimate determination to themselves which belongs to all mankind, where there lies no appeal on earth, viz. to judge, whether they have just cause to make their appeal to heaven. And this judgment they cannot part with, it being out of a man's power so to submit himself to another, as to give him a liberty to destroy him; God and nature never allowing a man so to abandon himself, as to neglect his own preservation: and since he cannot take away his own life, neither can he give another power to take it." -John Locke
"With every post I make, my hope is that someone will reshare the text or photo to help change culture, and transform this world in the power of the Christian faith." -Justin S. Steckbauer
"America is in moral decline as domestic adversaries dismantle our nation's twin pillars of "religion and morality." Christians must unite and fight back or we will certainly lose our religious liberties and basic freedoms! The American Revolution was born from the spiritual foundation of the Great Awakening. Pastors and patriots rose up to fight side by side. We need that resolve again."
-Mathew Staver, Founder & Chairman Liberty Counsel
"Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful."
Colossians 3:15 NIV
"We became so involved and fascinated by the intricacies of television that we found it a little more convenient to stay at home than to come to church. It was an unconscious thing. We didn’t mean to do it. We didn’t just go up and say, now God, you’re gone. We had gone a whole day’s journey, and then we came to see that we had unconsciously ushered God out of the universe. A whole day’s journey-didn’t mean to do it. We just became so involved in things that we forgot about God." -Martin Luther King Jr, 28 Feb 1954, Rediscovering Lost Values
"Some things in this universe are absolute. The God of the universe has made it so. And so long as we adopt this relative attitude toward right and wrong, we’re revolting against the very laws of God himself." -Martin Luther King Jr. 28 Feb 1954, Rediscovering Lost Values
"...if we are to go forward today, we’ve got to go back and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind. That’s the only way that we would be able to make of our world a better world, and to make of this world what God wants it to be and the real purpose and meaning of it. The only way we can do it is to go back, and rediscover some mighty precious values that we’ve left behind." -Martin Luther King Jr, 28 Feb 1954, Rediscovering Lost Values
"That’s what we need in the world today-people who will stand for right and goodness. It’s not enough to know the intricacies of zoology and biology. But we must know the intricacies of law. It is not enough to know that two and two makes four. But we’ve got to know somehow that it’s right to be honest and just with our brothers. It’s not enough to know all about our philosophical and mathematical disciplines. But we’ve got to know the simple disciplines, of being honest and loving and just with all humanity. If we don’t learn it, we will destroy ourselves, by the misuse of our own powers." -Martin Luther King Jr, 28 Feb 1954, Rediscovering Lost Values
"What if I told you Calvary was a garbage dump? It's true. That's what they did with the Son of God. They crucified him alongside two criminals in the midst of a garbage dump. That's the treatment we can expect from the world. Wild stuff, eh? I'm pretty tired of a church so eager to please the world. If the world likes us, then we might need to ask ourselves if we're really standing for the full gospel. If we leave things out of the gospel, and ignore key issues, we're abdicating our duty. Let's share the message as it is written, not as we would have it be." -Justin Steckbauer
"If we are to go forward, we must go back and rediscover these
precious values-that all reality hinges on moral foundations and that all reality has spiritual control." -Martin Luther King Jr, 28 Feb 1954, Rediscovering Lost Values
“Has anyone provided proof of God’s inexistence? Not even close. Has quantum cosmology explained the emergence of the universe or why it is here? Not even close. Have our sciences explained why our universe seems to be fine-tuned to allow for the existence of life? Not even close. Are physicists and biologists willing to believe in anything so long as it is not religious thought? Close enough. Has rationalism and moral thought provided us with an understanding of what is good, what is right, and what is moral? Not close enough. Has secularism in the terrible 20th century been a force for good? Not even close, to being close. Is there a narrow and oppressive orthodoxy in the sciences? Close enough. Does anything in the sciences or their philosophy justify the claim that religious belief is irrational? Not even in the ball park. Is scientific atheism a frivolous exercise in intellectual contempt? Dead on.”
― David Berlinski, The Devil's Delusion: Atheism and Its Scientific Pretensions
"There is only one business in America that is protected by the Constitution. That is the press. And there was a reason for that. It is because the press was suppose to be an ally of the people. And they were suppose to expose to and inform the people in a non-partisan way. When they become partisan, which they are, they distort the system as it was suppose to work. And they allow the side they pick to get away with all kinds of things. But I think there's still hope for the press. I think it is possible that some of them will recognize that it's almost a sacred obligation that they have to the people: To be honest." -Ben Carson, October 9th 2015, to the National Press Club Luncheon
"Just because a culture of disregard for eternity exists around us, doesn't mean it's a reality my friend. We're so led astray by all this jargon and simplicity when eternity is at our very fingertips. Imagine how so many will be so very surprised on that day when they wake up in the blissful presence of God, only to be turned away, because they refused his visages so many times during their short layover on Earth." - Justin Steckbauer, to his best friend.
"And all the time—such is the tragi-comedy of our situation—we continue to clamour for those very qualities we are rendering impossible. You can hardly open a periodical without coming across the statement that what our civilization needs is more ‘drive’, or dynamism, or self-sacrifice, or ‘creativity’. In a sort of ghastly simplicity we remove the organ and demand the function. We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honour and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and bid the geldings be fruitful." -C.S. Lewis, The Abolition of Man
"Relativism poses as freedom but it is just another form of tyranny: You must believe that all religions are equal because we say they are. You must agree with us that everything is relative, or we will punish you." –Jeffrey Burton Russell, Exposing Myths About Christianity, p. 144
“Christians who understand biblical truth and have the courage to live it out can indeed redeem a culture, or even create one. This is the challenge facing all of us in the new millennium.”
― Charles W. Colson, How Now Shall We Live?
"The world of temptation is around you, to trip you up. It'll assault your imagination in every possible way until half of your life you will be spending in a rescue operation trying to salvage what it is you've lost. And so I say to you: Draw the lines in the right places soon and don't cross them. As tough as it is, pleasure always comes at a cost." -Ravi Zacharias, "Unlimited? The Challenge of Human Freedom", Georgia Tech, June 2015
"With malice toward none; with charity for all; with firmness in the right, as God gives us to see the right, let us strive on to finish the work we are in; to bind up the nation's wounds; to care for him who shall have borne the battle, and for his widow, and his orphan--to do all which may achieve and cherish a just and lasting peace, among ourselves, and with all nations." -Abraham Lincoln, Second Inaugural Address, March 4 1865, Washington D.C.
"It changed my life – or he changed my life. I was a teenager when I became a Christian at age 16. For me, this was absolutely revolutionary. It lifted me from a sense of meaninglessness and purposelessness to being passionate about living for Christ and making my life count for him and for his Kingdom. That has never left me, but has inspired my life. I do think we want to give our kids a vision of a high calling lived for Christ that is the greatest calling that you can have and so much more than this milquetoast moralistic therapeutic deism." -William Lane Craig, Mutant Christianity
“When we place our dependence in God, we are unencumbered, and we have no worry. In fact, we may even be reckless, insofar as our part in the production is concerned. This confidence, this sureness of action, is both contagious and an aid to the perfect action. The rest is in the hands of God – and this is the same God, gentlemen, who has won all His battles up to now.” -Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Coach
“Success demands singleness of purpose.” -Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Coach
“A general dissolution of principles and manners will more surely overthrow the liberties of America than the whole force of the common enemy. While the people are virtuous they cannot be subdued; but when once they lose their virtue they will be ready to surrender their liberties to the first external or internal invader.”
– Samuel Adams, in a letter from Samuel Adams to fellow patriot James Warren on February 12, 1779
-George Washington, Letter to John Armstrong, 11 March 1782, in Ford's Writings of George Washington (1891), vol. XII, p. 111.
"Its a familiar story. The hero hits rock bottom, picks himself up, and fights his way to the top." -Mike Holmgren, Green Bay Packers Coach on Brett Favre's 1996 championship season.
"The defender of sexual freedom sees a parallel between what is seen as anti-gay prejudice today and racial prejudice as it was practiced at its lowest point decades ago. Here, a word game has entered the vocabulary. Relativist convictions are supposedly prejudice-free, while absolute convictions are branded as phobias. Any stigma can lick a good dogma, it is said. With that verbal deconstruction of a worldview, all questioning of sexual freedom is castigated as a phobia. Quite amazing that atheists are not called “theophobes” or that those against Christians are not called “christophobes.” Pejoratively, the counter positions have been appended with phobias till we may have a whole new polyphobic dictionary." -Ravi Zacharias, How Wide the Divide, July 15th 2015
“There is a principle which is a bar against all information, which is proof against all arguments and which cannot fail to keep a man in everlasting ignorance—that principle is contempt prior to investigation.” -Herbert Spencer
"There is a savior for forgiveness. There is a way out of the wilderness. This is a journey that can be made, pain after pain, event after event, joy and sorrow, peace and unsettled, despair and ecstasy, knowledge after knowledge, humbled into pieces, reception of Christ Jesus, and reconnection born after, ever burdened by sin after sin, carrying the incredible weight of distance from his presence, but promised something we cannot see, taste, or touch, yet believing and hoping, against all odds, and on the way changing the world, sharing that fountain with others, day after endless day, eyes to the horizon, head in the clouds, feet on the ground, stunning and shaken, screaming in sadness, victorious shout, endless eternity awaiting those who can just hold out to the end. Great happiness to those who finish this journey. That's what it means to me.. being a Christian." -Justin Steckbauer
"Sometimes we think our belief in God has left us disappointed and it's just not what we thought it would be. But do you know who the loneliest people in the world are? The loneliest people in the world are not those who become weary of pain, but are those who become weary of pleasure." - Ravi Zacharias
“Faithfulness and truth are the most sacred excellences and endowments of the human mind.” -Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Coach
"Sex between husband and wife is a bonding experience physically, mentally, and spiritually. Often young people will tell me they feel drained and empty inside. Perhaps that is because they've sexually bonded with so many strangers that they've left pieces of themselves behind everywhere they've went." -Justin Steckbauer
“One response was given by the innkeeper when Mary and Joseph wanted to find a room where the Child could be born. The innkeeper was not hostile; he was not opposed to them, but his inn was crowded; his hands were full; his mind was preoccupied. This is the answer that millions are giving today. Like a Bethlehem innkeeper, they cannot find room for Christ. All the accommodations in their hearts are already taken up by other crowding interests. Their response is not atheism. It is not defiance. It is preoccupation and the feeling of being able to get on reasonably well without Christianity.” –Billy Graham
"Every man must decide whether he will walk in the light of creative altruism or in the darkness of destructive selfishness."
- Martin Luther King Jr.
“Winning is a habit. Watch your thoughts, they become your beliefs. Watch your beliefs, they become your words. Watch your words, they become your actions. Watch your actions, they become your habits. Watch your habits, they become your character.” -Vince Lombardi, Green Bay Packers Coach
"If a transtemporal, transfinite good is our real destiny, then any other good on which our desire fixes must be in some degree fallacious, must bear at best only a symbolical relation to what will truly satisfy." -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, pg. 3
"Click the share button, and in so doing change the world." -Justin Steckbauer
"One of the necessary draw backs of real honesty is that people may lose faith in you. But the gains are so much more important: authenticity, identification, and the winning of souls.
"We must never be blindsided by the futile philosophy that we are just the hapless victims of our inheritance, our life experience, and our surroundings-that these are the sole forces that make our decisions for us ... We have to believe that we can really choose." -Bill Wilson
“It is not what we do that matters, but what a sovereign God chooses to do through us. God doesn't want our success; He wants us. He doesn't demand our achievements; He demands our obedience. The Kingdom of God is a kingdom of paradox, where through the ugly defeat of a cross, a holy God is utterly glorified. Victory comes through defeat; healing through brokenness; finding self through losing self.”
― Charles W. Colson
"I think the most powerful revelation of my generation will be that of bankruptcy in the wake of the endless pursuit of pleasure and entertainment. Following that.. God." -Justin Steckbauer
- David Jeremiah
"The church's singular failure in recent decades has been the failure to see Christianity as a life system, or worldview, that governs every area of existence." -Charles W. Colson
"I am trying to rip open the inconsolable secret in each one of you—the secret which hurts so much that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence; the secret also which pierces with such sweetness that when, in very intimate conversation, the mention of it becomes imminent, we grow awkward and affect to laugh at ourselves; the secret we cannot hide and cannot tell, though we desire to do both. We cannot tell it because it is a desire for something that has never actually appeared in our experience. We cannot hide it because our experience is constantly suggesting it, and we betray ourselves like lovers at the mention of a name. Our commonest expedient is to call it beauty and behave as if that had settled the matter." -C.S. Lewis, The Weight of Glory, pg. 3
"The spiritual life is not a theory. We have to live it." -Bill Wilson
"The first duty of love is to listen." -Paul Tillich
“I hope for the day when everyone can speak of God without embarrassment." -Paul Tillich
"A man can no more take in a supply of grace for the future than he can eat enough today to last him for the next 6 months, nor can he inhale sufficient air into his lungs with one breath to sustain life for a week to come. We are permitted to draw upon God's store of grace from day to day as we need it."
- Dwight L. Moody
― Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
"Many people—particularly the young—have been persuaded that such a search is futile. They have been told from their preschool days on that one person’s opinion is as good as another’s, that each person can pick his or her own truth from a multicultural smorgasbord. If one choice proves unsavory, pick another, and so on, until, in a consumerist fashion, we pick the truth we like best. I think the despair of Generations X, Y, and now E comes from this fundamental notion that there’s no such thing as reality or the capital-T truth. Almost every new movie I see these days features a bright, good-looking, talented young man who is so downright sad, he can barely lift his head. I want to scream, “What’s wrong with this guy?” Then I feel a profound compassion because his generation has been forbidden the one thing that makes life such a breathtaking challenge: truth.”
― Charles W. Colson, The Good Life
"For so long as we speak and try to perfect the language of love -- for just so long may we count upon making whatever rendezvous with destiny that God would have us." -Bill Wilson
"How often we look upon God as our last and feeblest resource! We go to him because we have nowhere else to go. And then we learn that the storms of life have driven us, not upon the rocks, but into the desired haven."
“The lure of power can separate the most resolute of Christians from the true nature of Christian leadership, which is service to others. It’s difficult to stand on a pedestal and wash the feet of those below.”
― Charles W. Colson, God and Government
“In a pluralistic society it is not only wrong but unwise for Christians to shake their Bibles and arrogantly assert that “God says . . .” That is the quickest way for Christians, a distinct minority in civil affairs, to lose their case altogether.”
― Charles W. Colson, God and Government
"All Christians are under obligation to seek to make the will of Christ supreme in our own lives and in human society. Means and methods used for the improvement of society and the establishment of righteousness among men can be truly and permanently helpful only when they are rooted in the regeneration of the individual by the saving grace of God in Jesus Christ. In the spirit of Christ, Christians should oppose racism, every form of greed, selfishness, and vice, and all forms of sexual immorality, including adultery, homosexuality, and pornography. We should work to provide for the orphaned, the needy, the abused, the aged, the helpless, and the sick. We should speak on behalf of the unborn and contend for the sanctity of all human life from conception to natural death. Every Christian should seek to bring industry, government, and society as a whole under the sway of the principles of righteousness, truth, and brotherly love. In order to promote these ends Christians should be ready to work with all men of good will in any good cause, always being careful to act in the spirit of love without compromising their loyalty to Christ and His truth." -Baptist Faith and Message (2000) Chapter 15 The Christian and the Social Order
"The church, it appears, is a protective cocoon; while the congregation holds Easter egg hunts, Sunday school classes, and worship services, the world at large is potentially drawn in by the loving relationships that can be experienced. If you come to the church, you can experience this for yourself. Second, Wagner’s presentation, while admittedly the description of the experiences of a particular congregation, seems to ignore the reality that suburban America is not the experience even of many Americans. Difficult inner-city situations, poor small towns, and widely varied ethnic communities are a part of the landscape congregations now contend with. It is difficult to imagine how comfortable a congregation nurtured on the notion of a safe haven that Wagner describes would respond to calls to take substantial personal risks by ministering to the poor, the broken, and the dirty—beyond the doors of that congregation. But is this not a critical dimension of the second great commandment?" - Ted Rivera, The Half Gospel
“Only when holiness and worship meet can evil be conquered. For that, only the Christian message has the answer.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
"Practicing psychiatry without faith in God is like meeting a hungry man and giving him a toothpick."
"Jesus doesn't explain why there is suffering, illness, and death in the world. He brings healing and hope. He doesn't allow the problem of evil to be the subject of a seminar. He allows evil to do its worst to him. He exhausts it, drains its power, and emerges with new life." -N. T. Wright, from Simply Good News
“The Christian in the one whose imagination should fly beyond the stars.”
― Francis A. Schaeffer, Art & the Bible
"If any of you are around when I have to meet my day, I don’t want a long funeral. And if you get somebody to deliver the eulogy, tell them not to talk too long. Every now and then I wonder what I want them to say. Tell them not to mention that I have a Nobel Peace Prize, that isn’t important. Tell them not to mention that I have three or four hundred other awards, that’s not important. Tell them not to mention where I went to school. I’d like somebody to mention that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to give his life serving others. I’d like for somebody to say that day, that Martin Luther King, Jr., tried to love somebody." -Martin Luther King Jr.
“The Bible- banned, burned, beloved. More widely read, more frequently attacked than any other book in history. Generations of intellectuals have attempted to discredit it; dictators of every age have outlawed it and executed those who read it. Yet soldiers carry it into battle believing it is more powerful than their weapons. Fragments of it smuggled into solitary prison cells have transformed ruthless killers into gentle saints. Pieced together scraps of Scripture have converted whole whole villages of pagan Indians.”
― Charles W. Colson
“Abortion is one of the most shocking, yet entirely logical, extensions of this obsession with comfort, convenience and luxury. Less dramatic, but just as deadly to millions of lost souls in our world, is our unwillingness to make even small sacrifices to reach them with the Gospel.”
― K.P. Yohannan, The Road to Reality: Coming Home to Jesus from the Unreal World
"It’s the combination of improbability with an independently given pattern that discredits chance."
— William Lane Craig (God?: A Debate between a Christian and an Atheist)
"Whereas easy appeals to mystery prematurely shut off reflection about God, rigorous and earnest effort to understand him is richly rewarded with deeper appreciation of who he is, more confidence in his reality and care, and a more intelligent and profound worship of his person."
— William Lane Craig
“The unexamined life is not worth living by insisting that the unexamined faith is not worth believing.”
― Norman L. Geisler
"Until we as Christians retake the public schools and universities, we will be fighting a losing battle. Why? Children are the future of the church, and with all the indoctrination into naturalism we don't stand a chance of converting them post-humorously" -Justin Steckbauer
"As pastors and other church leaders graduate with their impressive degrees, they therefore take with them theological notions that are often disconnected from the suffering of the least among us. They have been schooled about justification, sanctification, adoption, and a thousand other doctrines, and are up to date on multi-campus approaches and methods for evangelism that meet the trends of this technological society. But how the preaching of the gospel and how a life in Jesus Christ is connected to the poor, the blind, the lame, and the hurting? This is too often unexamined. And so our churches can become insular, self-serving, stilted and prideful. There is too often greater concern for the kind of coffee served in the sanctuary before service than there is for the people who grow the coffee. Love for our fellow-man must be featured above the din of our self-absorption."
- Ted Rivera, The Half Gospel (2013)
“We are not necessarily doubting that God will do the best for us; we are wondering how painful the best will turn out to be.”
― C.S. Lewis
“To love at all is to be vulnerable. Love anything and your heart will be wrung and possibly broken. If you want to make sure of keeping it intact you must give it to no one, not even an animal. Wrap it carefully round with hobbies and little luxuries; avoid all entanglements. Lock it up safe in the casket or coffin of your selfishness. But in that casket, safe, dark, motionless, airless, it will change. It will not be broken; it will become unbreakable, impenetrable, irredeemable. To love is to be vulnerable.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Four Loves
“For many in our high-paced world, despair is not a moment; it is a way of life.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God
“I thank the Lord that, even though things were so wrong in my life here, I finally was brought to the realization of what all those struggles were about. There are some wonderful things from your painful past, things with a beauty you may not have realized at the time.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Walking from East to West: God in the Shadows
"It would be difficult for anyone looking around the world today to resist the conclusion that something has gone very badly indeed with what we continue to call “Western Civilization.” This awareness tends to be distorted and muffled – if not obliterated – by the media, which manage to induce us to take for granted the continuingly explosive situations that confront us on every hand, and to see as an enlargement of our freedom and an enhancement of the quality of our living the steady and ominous erosion of the moral standards on which our traditional way of life has been based." -Malcom Muggeridge, The True Crisis of our Time
“To look into the sad eyes of a hungry child or see the wasted life of a drug addict is to see only the evidence of Satan's hold on this world. All bad things, whether in Asia or America, are his handiwork.”
― K.P. Yohannan, Revolution in World Missions
"A Christian is not simply a person who is forgiven and goes to heaven. A Christian, in terms of his or her deepest identity, is a saint, a spiritually born child of God, a divine masterpiece, a child of light, a citizen of heaven."
- Neil T. Anderson
“In the human heart there is a built-in obsolescence factor. It does not matter how powerful and influential you are, how much education you have, how selfcontrolled or holy you consider yourself—your heart, if you do not guard it, will break down.”
― K.P. Yohannan, Living in the Light of Eternity
“I believe, as followers of Christ, we are commanded to reach out to the least of these in the name of Jesus and show them they matter a great deal to God, who sacrificed His only Son to reach them with His love.”
― K.P. Yohannan, No Longer a Slumdog: Bringing Hope to Children in Crisis
“But life's joys are only joys if they can be shared.”
― Ravi Zacharias
"In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus presents the so-called Golden Rule: "So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets" (Matt 7:12). While we have been considering the first and second great commandments, there is a sense in which this text seemingly subsumes both. One’s actions toward other human beings—a loving disposition of concern—is a summary of “the Law and the Prophets.” Faith, it appears, is less about intellectual propositions disconnected from the messy realities of this hurting world: we must do to and for others what we would want them to
do for us. Surely, this must be featured prominently in every branch of theology, don’t you think?"
-Ted Rivera, The Half Gospel (2013)
"I think it’s about time Christians woke up and understood that even though there are Christian missionaries in the public school system (and they need our prayers), by and large these schools are actually churches of atheism. Millions of students are being taught that all life and the universe arose by natural processes—by naturalism. But we need to call naturalism what it is—atheism. Regardless of where parents send their children to be educated (and that is their decision before the Lord), it does need to be understood that as these young people are sent to the public schools for around seven hours a day, they are largely being indoctrinated in an anti-God religion. If one is not for Christ, then one is against Christ—there is no neutral position. If the education system is not for Christ, it is against Christ. If the textbooks are not for Christ, they are against Christ! If the teachers aren’t for Christ, they are against Christ!" -Ken Ham
“Yes, if truth is not undergirded by love, it makes the possessor of that truth obnoxious and the truth repulsive.”
― Ravi Zacharias
"For the sake of the truth, for the sake of the gospel, and for our calling in this time in history, it is imperative that we love the Lord our God with all our hearts and all our minds and equip our people to do so.
- Ravi Zacharias
"So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he heeled over – a weary, battered old brontosaurus – and became extinct." -Malcom Muggeridge,
The True Crisis of our Time
"Our entire society needs to be reoriented so that young people can participate earlier and more meaningfully. This is no less necessary in the church than in any other social institution. The youth programs of many churches do a good job of entertaining young people and keeping them busy but do little in the way of bringing them into responsible positions within the church community." -Jack Balswick & Judith Balswick, 2014, The Family: A Christian Perspective on the Contemporary Home, p. 170
“I am absolutely convinced that meaninglessness does not come from being weary of pain; meaninglessness comes from being weary of pleasure. And that is why we find ourselves emptied of meaning with our pantries still full.”
― Ravi Zacharias, Can Man Live Without God
"While Western atheists turn from belief in God because a tsunami in another part of the world caused great suffering, many brokenhearted survivors of that same tsunami found faith in God. This is one of the great paradoxes of suffering. Those who don't suffer much think suffering should keep people from God, while many who suffer a great deal turn to God, not from him." –Randy Alcorn, If God is Good, p. 102
"Throughout church history, Christians have been on the forefront of changing society with hospitals, schools, orphanages, and other institutions to minister to the poor and those in need. Now for a variety of reasons, the church is sometimes running behind society; observe the church's slow response to the AIDS epidemic. Now we run the risk of needing the world to lead us to the areas of great human need, rather than taking the lead in transforming our culture by ministering to the poor in the name of Christ. When those who do not know Christ do a better job of championing justice and bestowing mercy than do Christ's followers,the church's witness to the gospel is damaged and weakened." -Cathy Butler, Breaking the Cycle: Issues Affecting Poverty
“Mastering our emotions has nothing to do with asceticism or repression, for the purpose is not to break the emotions or deny them but to "break in" the emotions, making them teachable because they are tamed.” ― Os Guinness, God In The Dark Pb
“Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing ever happened.”
― Winston Churchill
― Fyodor Dostoyevsky, The Brothers Karamazov
“Thinking something does not make it true. Wanting something does not make it real.”
― Michelle Hodkin, The Unbecoming of Mara Dyer
“Most men would rather deny a hard truth than face it.”
― George R.R. Martin, A Game of Thrones
“Never be afraid to raise your voice for honesty and truth and compassion against injustice and lying and greed. If people all over the world...would do this, it would change the earth.”
― William Faulkner
"All religions are not the same. All religions do not point to God. All religions do not say that all religions are the same. At the heart of every religion is an uncompromising commitment to a particular way of defining who God is or is not and accordingly, of defining life's purpose.
Anyone who claims that all religions are the same betrays not only an ignorance of all religions but also a caricatured view of even the best-known ones. Every religion at its core is exclusive."
― Malcolm X
“All truth passes through three stages: First, it is ridiculed; Second, it is violently opposed; Third, it is accepted as self-evident.”
― Arthur Schopenhauer
“I have a theory that the truth is never told during the nine-to-five hours.” ― Hunter S. Thompson
― Hayley Williams
“The truth will set you free. But not until it is finished with you.”
― David Foster Wallace, Infinite Jest
"Our willingness to accept scientific claims that are against common sense is the key to an understanding of the real struggle between science and the supernatural. We take the side of science in spite of the patent absurdity of some of its constructs, in spite of its failure to fulfill many of its extravagant promises of health and life, in spite of the tolerance of the scientific community for unsubstantiated just-so stories, because we have a prior commitment, a commitment to materialism.
It is not that the methods and institutions of science somehow compel us to accept a material explanation of the phenomenal world, but, on the contrary, that we are forced by our a priori adherence to material causes to create an apparatus of investigation and a set of concepts that produce material explanations, no matter how counter-intuitive, no matter how mystifying to the uninitiated. Moreover, that materialism is an absolute, for we cannot allow a Divine Foot in the door." -Professor Richard Lewontin, a geneticist (and self-proclaimed Marxist)
“We are living now, not in the delicious intoxication induced by the early successes of science, but in a rather grisly morning-after, when it has become apparent that what triumphant science has done hitherto is to improve the means for achieving unimproved or actually deteriorated ends.” -Aldous Huxley
“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the walls of his cell.” ― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“To sustain the belief that there is no God, atheism has to demonstrate infinite knowledge, which is tantamount to saying, “I have infinite knowledge that there is no being in existence with infinite knowledge” ― Ravi Zacharias
The Claim: “Religion has been the primary cause of war and oppression throughout the history of mankind.”
The Truth: In their comprehensive Encyclopedia of Wars, Phillips and Axelrod document the recorded history of warfare. Of the 1,763 wars presented, a mere 7% involved a religious cause. When Islam is subtracted from the equation, that number drops to 3.2%. In terms of casualties, religious wars account for only 2% of all people killed by warfare. This pales in comparison to the number of people who have been killed by secular dictators in the 20th century alone."
"The greatest enemy to human souls is the self-righteous spirit which makes men look to themselves for salvation." -Charles Spurgeon
"We believe in Marxfreudanddarwin. We believe everything is OK as long as you don't hurt anyone, to the best definition of hurt, and to the best of your knowledge. We believe in sex before, during and after marriage. We believe in the therapy of sin. We believe that adultery is fun. We believe that sodomy's OK. We believe that taboos are taboo. We believe that everything's getting better, despite evidence to the contrary. The evidence must be investigated And you can prove anything with evidence. We believe that there's something in horoscopes, UFO's and bent spoons; Jesus was a good man just like Buddha, Mohammed and ourselves. He was a good moral teacher although we think His good morals were bad. We believe that all religions are basically the same -- at least the one that we read was. They all believe in love and goodness. They only differ on matters of creation, sin, heaven, hell, God, and salvation. We believe that after death comes the Nothing Because when you ask the dead what happens they say nothing. If death is not the end, if the dead have lied, then it's compulsory heaven for all excepting perhaps Hitler, Stalin and Genghis Khan. We believe in Masters and Johnson. What's selected is average. What's average is normal. What's normal is good. We believe in total disarmament. We believe there are direct links between warfare and bloodshed. Americans should beat their guns into tractors and the Russians would be sure to follow. We believe that man is essentially good. It's only his behavior that lets him down. This is the fault of society. Society is the fault of conditions. Conditions are the fault of society. We believe that each man must find the truth that is right for him. Reality will adapt accordingly. The universe will readjust. History will alter. We believe that there is no absolute truth excepting the truth that there is no absolute truth. We believe in the rejection of creeds, and the flowering of individual thought. If chance be the Father of all flesh, disaster is his rainbow in the sky, and when you hear State of Emergency! Sniper Kills Ten! Troops on Rampage! Whites go Looting! Bomb Blasts School! It is but the sound of man worshiping his maker."- Steve Turner
"Once we see, however, that the probability of life originating at random is so utterly miniscule as to make it absurd, it becomes sensible to think that the favorable properties of physics on which life depends are in every respect deliberate ... . It is therefore almost inevitable that our own measure of intelligence must reflect ... higher intelligences ... even to the limit of God ... such a theory is so obvious that one wonders why it is not widely accepted as being self-evident. The reasons are psychological rather than scientific."
-Fred Hoyle and N. Chandra Wickramasinghe, Evolution from Space (London: J.M. Dent & Sons, 1981), pp. 141, 144, 130
“Faith in the biblical sense is substantive, based on the knowledge that the One in whom that faith is placed has proven that He is worthy of that trust. In its essence, faith is a confidence in the person of Jesus Christ and in His power, so that even when His power does not serve my end, my confidence in Him remains because of who He is." ― Ravi Zacharias, Jesus Among Other Gods: The Absolute Claims of the Christian Message
"I am who I am" - God
"The impact of a hollow Christianity is more far-reaching than might be imagined.9 Ask any waiter or waitress when they least like to work, and they will uniformly point to Sunday afternoons—when churches let out. It is too often the case that instead of a true tip, they will receive gospel tracts or nothing at all. It is hard to feed your family, though, on gospel tracts. We wonder why people are disaffected by our overtures to come to church, when we have failed to connect our actions with our words. As John Perkins observes, “we need the person of Jesus Christ to transform not just the poor but also ourselves.”10 Worth reflecting on is this startling reality: when do we ever see Jesus or the apostles invite anyone to church? Instead, they sought out those who were hurting, or who were utterly aware of their emptiness: they brought the gospel to men and women in need." -Ted Rivera, Reforming Mercy Ministry (2013)
"Acceptance is the answer to ALL of my problems today. When I am disturbed, it is because I find some person, place, thing or situation- some fact of my life- unacceptable to me, and I can find no serenity until I accept that person, place, thing, or situation as being exactly the way it is supposed to be at this moment. Nothing, absolutely nothing, happens in God's world by mistake. Until I could accept that, I could not be serene; unless I accept my life completely on life's terms, I cannot be happy. I need to concentrate not so much on what needs to be changed in the world as on what needs to be changed in me and in my attitudes." -The Big Book, pg. 417 (4th sentence edited for clarification)
"The most effective way to do it, is to do it." - Amelia Earhart
“So the final conclusion would surely be that whereas other civilizations have been brought down by attacks of barbarians from without, ours had the unique distinction of training its own destroyers at its own educational institutions, and then providing them with facilities for propagating their destructive ideology far and wide, all at the public expense. Thus did Western Man decide to abolish himself, creating his own boredom out of his own affluence, his own vulnerability out of his own strength, his own impotence out of his own erotomania, himself blowing the trumpet that brought the walls of his own city tumbling down, and having convinced himself that he was too numerous, labored with pill and scalpel and syringe to make himself fewer. Until at last, having educated himself into imbecility, and polluted and drugged himself into stupefaction, he keeled over--a weary, battered old brontosaurus--and became extinct.” ― Malcolm Muggeridge, Vintage Muggeridge: Religion and Society
“Time is the brush of God, as he paints his masterpiece on the heart of humanity.” ― Ravi Zacharias
"Post-modernism is really a move against certainty, meaning, and truth. It tosses out all 3 as impossible, yet claims to be a tangible worldview." -Justin Steckbauer
"The human spirit will not even begin to try to surrender self-will as long as all seems to be well with it.... But pain insists upon being attended to. God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pain: it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world." -C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
"Knowing is not enough, we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do" -Bruce Lee
"Life can only be understood backward; but it must be lived forward." -Søren Kierkegaard
"Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst." -Apostle Paul
"A Jedi must have the deepest commitment, the most serious mind. This one a long time have I watched. All his life has he looked away… to the future, to the horizon. Never his mind on where he was. Hmm? What he was doing. Hmph. Adventure. Heh. Excitement. Heh. A Jedi craves not these things. You are reckless.”
-Yoda, The Empire Strikes Back
"The example of Waterfront Community Church in Schaumburg, Illinois will strike many as particularly radical. All of the funds taken in by the church via offerings are given away to people in need; the church itself operates so far as possible by minimizing expenses. I remember reading about this congregation back in 2008, and happily, the church is not only still in existence, but is going strong." -Ted Rivera, Reforming Mercy Ministry
"If the world wants to believe a noble lie, and we believe that this (the Bible) is the truth, and this is the word that defines reality, there is only one question for you and me to answer in this apologetic conflict: Why do we believe this to be true? When was the last time you walked into a church and heard a sermon on why the Bible is true? This is our problem. Our young people want to believe this. But they're not getting answers on why this is true. We tell people they are framing their lives by a lie, we have followed the truth, and the biggest question in our churches is why is this the truth? Why have you traded your life for what genesis 1-12 says here, and the rest of it? If this is true then we better tell our young people why it is true because they can't go into their colleges and universities and just say "the Bible says" We tell them they are living by a lie and we tell them we are living by the truth and they wanna know who says so! The biggest failure we are doing as Christian leaders to our young people is that we have not taught them how to defend this. That is the failure of the apologetic movement over the last 20-30 years." - Ravi Zacharias
“What Orwell feared were those who would ban books. What Huxley feared was that there would be no reason to ban a book, for there would be no one who wanted to read one. Orwell feared those who would deprive us of information. Huxley feared those who would give us so much that we would be reduced to passivity and egoism. Orwell feared that the truth would be concealed from us. Huxley feared the truth would be drowned in a sea of irrelevance. Orwell feared we would become a captive culture. Huxley feared we would become a trivial culture, preoccupied with some equivalent of the feelies, the orgy porgy, and the centrifugal bumblepuppy. As Huxley remarked in Brave New World Revisited, the civil libertarians and rationalists who are ever on the alert to oppose tyranny "failed to take into account man's almost infinite appetite for distractions." In 1984, Orwell added, people are controlled by inflicting pain. In Brave New World, they are controlled by inflicting pleasure. In short, Orwell feared that what we fear will ruin us. Huxley feared that what we desire will ruin us.” -Neil Postman, Amusing Ourselves to Death
"Some Christians have wrongly used Scripture to abandon the political landscape entirely, although there are no commands in Scripture which encourage this. Jesus engaged with the political leaders of his day, as did Paul and the other apostles, and we ourselves fall short of the calling of God’s Word if we neglect this central duty." -Ted Rivera, Reforming Mercy Ministry (2013)
"Christians acting judgmental and hypocritical is perhaps the worst damage ever done to the cause of Christ in the history of mankind. Love, care, stop judging, please, please, love and care for all around you." - Justin Steckbauer
"You ever have one of those moments.. when God does something really amazing in your life. And you're just filled with joy. And so humbled. And so excited. And just happy. And you kinda huff back into your car seat.. and say my God... quietly, slowly, wondering at the power of this awesome being.. with tears in your eyes. At all you're being taught and being given. Yeah, wow, yeah." - Justin Steckbauer
“Will we turn our backs on science because it is perceived as a threat to God, abandoning all the promise of advancing our understanding of nature and applying that to the alleviation of suffering and the betterment of humankind? Alternatively, will we turn our backs on faith, concluding that science has rendered the spiritual life no longer necessary, and that traditional religious symbols can now be replaced by engravings of the double helix on our alters?
Both of these choices are profoundly dangerous. Both deny truth. Both will diminish the nobility of humankind. Both will be devastating to our future. And both are unnecessary. The God of the Bible is also the God of the genome. He can be worshipped in the cathedral or in the laboratory. His creation is majestic, awesome, intricate and beautiful - and it cannot be at war with itself. Only we imperfect humans can start such battles. And only we can end them.”
― Francis S. Collins, The Language of God: A Scientist Presents Evidence for Belief
“Whenever God means to make a man great, he always breaks him in pieces first.”― Charles Spurgeon
“The Christian does not think God will love us because we are good, but that God will make us good because He loves us.”
“A man can no more diminish God's glory by refusing to worship Him than a
lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word 'darkness' on the
walls of his cell.”
― C.S. Lewis, The Problem of Pain
“Fallacies do not cease to be fallacies because they become fashions.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“It isn't that they can't see the solution. It is that they can't see the problem.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“Jesus Christ lived in the midst of his enemies. At the end all his disciples deserted him. On the Cross he was utterly alone, surrounded by evildoers and mockers. For this cause he had come, to bring peace to the enemies of God. So the Christian, too, belongs not in the seclusion of a cloistered life but in the thick of foes. There is his commission, his work. 'The kingdom is to be in the midst of your enemies. And he who will not suffer this does not want to be of the Kingdom of Christ; he wants to be among friends, to sit among roses and lilies, not with the bad people but the devout people. O you blasphemers and betrayers of Christ! If Christ had done what you are doing who would ever have been spared' (Luther).” ― Dietrich Bonhoeffer, Life Together: The Classic Exploration of Faith in Community
“There are those who hate Christianity and call their hatred an all-embracing love for all religions.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“If you don't behave as you believe, you will end by believing as you behave.”
― Fulton J. Sheen
“Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other.”
― Philip Yancey, The Jesus I Never Knew
“A dead thing goes with the stream, but only a living thing can go against it.”
― G.K. Chesterton
"God exist whether or not men may choose to believe in Him. The reason why many people do not believe in God is not so much that it is intellectually impossible to believe in God, but because belief in God forces that thoughtful person to face the fact that he is accountable to such a God."
“So when the devil throws your sins in your face and declares that you deserve death and hell, tell him this: "I admit that I deserve death and hell, what of it? For I know One who suffered and made satisfaction on my behalf. His name is Jesus Christ, Son of God, and where He is there I shall be also!”
― Martin Luther
“The riddles of God are more satisfying than the solutions of man.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“The wild worship of lawlessness and the materialist worship of law end in the same void. Nietzsche scales staggering mountains, but he turns up ultimately in Tibet. He sits down beside Tolstoy in the land of nothing and Nirvana. They are both helpless—one because he must not grasp anything, and the other because he must not let go of anything. The Tolstoyan’s will is frozen by a Buddhist instinct that all special actions are evil. But the Nietzscheite’s will is quite equally frozen by his view that all special actions are good; for if all special actions are good, none of them are special. They stand at the crossroads, and one hates all the roads and the other likes all the roads. The result is—well, some things are not hard to calculate. They stand at the cross-roads.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“Once abolish the God and the government becomes the God.”
― G.K. Chesterton
“To be a Christian means to forgive the inexcusable because God has forgiven the inexcusable in you.”
― C.S. Lewis
“If men will not be governed by the Ten Commandments, they shall be governed by the ten thousand commandments”
― G.K. Chesterton
“[To have Faith in Christ] means, of course, trying to do all that He says. There would be no sense in saying you trusted a person if you would not take his advice. Thus if you have really handed yourself over to Him, it must follow that you are trying to obey Him. But trying in a new way, a less worried way. Not doing these things in order to be saved, but because He has begun to save you already. Not hoping to get to Heaven as a reward for your actions, but inevitably wanting to act in a certain way because a first faint gleam of Heaven is already inside you.”
― C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity