Monday, 29 December 2008

"As Christians we should not ask, ‘How did you become infected with HIV?’ but rather our question should be, ‘How can we help and support you to live with the virus?’".

Nicky Welsh - "HIV/AIDS Focusing On The Positive" - Newfrontiers Magazine - Vol 3 Issue 9 - October - December 2008.

Terry Virgo on the Victory of Jesus Christ

"Jesus has ushered in a new age. His resurrection, ascension and the outpouring of the Holy Spirit have inaugurated the promised kingdom. We are invited to enjoy our resurrection life in the power of the Holy Spirit and celebrate our part in being new creation".

Terry Virgo - "Firstline" - Newfrontiers Magazine - Vol 3 Issue 9 - October - December 2008,

Sunday, 21 December 2008

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Demon Possession

"You say; "But I have never seen a case of devil possession". Well - the fact that you have not recognised it, does not mean it does not exist, my friend".

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - "Authentic Christianity - Volume 5" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2006) - p58.

Saturday, 20 December 2008

Rob Rufus on Why the Devil Attacks Grace

"The devil is not attacking us for the grace message - he's attacking us for where the grace message will take us. He understands that the revelation of grace is the access into the 10/10 glory. Out of the control spirit. Out of guilt. Out of condemnation, fear, rejection and into a constant sense of God is for us, no matter what".

Rob Rufus - "Restoring The Key To Knowledge Part III" - City Church International, Hong Kong - Mid-Week Prayer Meeting - 13th November 2008.

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Imputed Righteousness

"Christians are people who have been declared righteous by God, who know that justification is by faith only, and that God 'justifieth the ungodly' (Romans 4:5). They believe all Paul's arguments in the first five chapters of Romans. This is how Christians think of righteousness; not little details here and there but this whole matter of their standing before God and the declaration of God that He "accounts" them as righteous.

Not only that, Christians believe that they have been clothed with the righteousness of Jesus Christ, that God has put this "robe of righteousness upon them" (Isaiah 61:10). They know they have been born again, 'born of the Spirit'. They now belong to the realm of righteousness, whereas before they did not.

Here is a man who has a conception of righteousness; he wants to be rid of everything that is wrong; he wants to be wholly right, he is interested in holiness.

Do you see the point? The righteous are unconcious of their righteousness. That is the glory of their whole position. I trust I am making this clear to you. Christians are righteous in themselves because they have been brought into the kingdom of God and the realm of righteousness".

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - "Romans: Exposition of Chapter 14:1-17 - Liberty and Conscience" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2007) - (pp257-265).

John Stott on Acts 9:17 - Laying on of Hands

Acts 9:17 - Ananias laying hands on Saul: "I suspect that this laying-on of hands was a gesture of love to a blind man".

John Stott - "The Message of Acts" - IVP, Leicester (1990) - p175.

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones on Humour

"The man who tries to be humorous is an abomination and should never be allowed to enter a pulpit".

Iain Murray - "Lloyd-Jones - Messenger of Grace" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2008) - p121.

Iain Murray on Dr Lloyd-Jones and Word and Spirit

"There should be an awareness that Christianity is both a body of truth and doctrine - and a life to be experienced. If balance is lost between these things, either in direction of the over-intellectual or the over-experimental, a departure from the New Testament will follow".

Iain Murray - "Lloyd-Jones - Messenger of Grace" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2008) - p50.

Friday, 19 December 2008

Iain Murray on Lloyd-Jones and the Unction of the Spirit

"Dr Lloyd-Jones believed that neglect of the work of the Spirit in relation to preaching was often connected with mistaken belief. Some held that the indwelling of the Spirit in all Christians leaves no need for believers to seek His Presence; others seemed to believe that the Spirit rests equally on all orthodox ministry.

Martyn Lloyd-Jones regarded this as contrary to Scripture. Why was the commands "to be filled with the Spirit" if His indwelling which takes place at regeneration is sufficient? What sense could there be in the apostolic direction to appoint men "full of the Holy Spirit and wisdom" if His fullness marks all Christians?

While there is mystery in the mode of the Spirit's Presence, it is surely clear that His work is not static but ongoing and repeated".

Iain Murray - "Lloyd-Jones - Messenger of Grace" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2008) - p47.

Iain Murray on Humour in Sermons

"The pulpit is no place for light-heartedness. For a preacher to launch his sermon with humour, was for Martyn Lloyd-Jones, a strange contradiction of his message".

Iain Murray - "Lloyd-Jones - Messenger of Grace" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2008) - p41.

Iain Murray on the Misuse of Truth

"Because a truth can be misused, it is no argument that it must be wrong".

Iain Murray - "Lloyd-Jones - Messenger of Grace" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (2008) - (p39).

Dr Lloyd-Jones on Paraphrasing 1 Corinthians 4:19

1 Corinthians 4:19-20: "But I will come to you soon, if the Lord wills, and I shall find out, not the words of those who are arrogant but their power. For the kingdom of God does not consist in words but in power".

Paraphrase: "I am coming to see you and I am going to test you. And let me make it clear to you - I am not interested in your words but in power. Any fool can get up and speak. The question is, is there power in the man's speech? What does it accomplish? What does it lead to?".

Dr Martyn Lloyd-Jones - "Romans: The Gospel of God (1:1-32)" - Banner of Truth, Edinburgh (1985) - p222.

Thursday, 18 December 2008

C J Mahaney on "Being a Man's Man"

"Like any man's man - I relish being out of style".

C J Mahaney (editor) in "Worldliness: Resisting the Seduction of a Fallen World" - Crossway Books (2008) - p117.