“The Christian is sent into the world as God’s herald and Christ’s ambassador, to broadcast this message as widely as he can. This is both his duty… and his privilege… Our job, then, is to go to our fellow-men and tell them the gospel of Christ, and try by every means to make it clear to them; to remove as best we can any difficulties that they may find in it, to impress them with its seriousness, and to urge them to respond to it. This is our abiding responsibility; it is a basic part of our Christian calling.” JI Packer, Evangelism & The Sovereignty Of God
“Step into the average church these days and you will likely see that the services are designed more to remove the fear of God than promote it.” Steven J. Lawson, Made in our image: What shall do with a user friendly God?
“The nature of Christ’s salvation is woefully misrepresented by the present day evangelist. He announces a Saviour from hell rather than a Saviour from sin.” Arthur W. Pink, Saving Faith: Part 1 Signs of the Times
“Before the work of grace the heart is ‘stony’. It can do no more than a stone to please God. A stony heart is obstinate and stubborn. But God says that he will take away this stony heart (Ezek 11:19). He does not say he will try and take it away, or give us some power so that we can take it away ourselves, but that he will take it away. ” John Owen, The Holy Spirit
“Faith in the living God and his Son Jesus Christ is always the result of the new birth, and can never exist except in the regenerate. Whoever has faith is a saved man.” – C.H. Spurgeon, Faith and Regeneration
“God—the great Creator of all things—upholds, directs, disposes, and governs all creatures, actions, and things, from the greatest even to the least. He exercises this most wise and holy providence according to his infallible foreknowledge and the free and unchangeable counsel of his own will, to the praise of the glory of his wisdom, power, justice, goodness, and mercy.” Westminster Catechism, MESV
“We might live in a world that compromises and cheats. But something within us tells us that’s not the way it’s supposed to be. We want justice and fairness and goodness. The God of the bible is that kind of God. His most central quality is that of holiness – being absolutely good and right about everything He does. Doesn’t that sound appealing?”
Randy Newman, Questioning Evangelism p.81