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A religion which did not flatter the rich, the great, and the learned - a religion which offered no license to the carnal inclinations of man's heart - a religion whose first teachers were poor fishermen, without wealth, rank, or power - a religion could never have turned the world upside down, if it had not been of God.

    Topics: Religion
    Source: Commentary, Matthew 4.

I declare I know of no state of soul more dangerous than to imagine we are born again and sanctified by the Holy Ghost, because we have picked up a few religious feelings.

    Topics: Religion

True repentance is no light matter. It is a thorough change of heart about sin, a change showing itself in godly sorrow and humiliation - in heartfelt confession before the throne of grace - in a complete breaking off from sinful habits, and an abiding hatred of all sin. Such repentance is the inseparable companion of saving faith in Christ.

    Topics: Repentance
    Source: Commentary, Matthew 4.

Saving faith and real converting grace will always produce some conformity to the image of Jesus.

    Topics: Salvation, Faith

One single soul saved shall outlive and outweigh all the kingdoms of the world.

    Topics: Salvation

We are evidently no friends of Satan. Like the kings of this world, he wars not against his own subjects. The very fact that he assaults us should fill our minds with hope.

    Topics: Satan

We corrupt the Word of God most dangerously, when we throw any doubt on the plenary inspiration of any part of Holy Scripture.

    Topics: Scripture, Truth, Doubt

All portions of Scripture ought to be approached with deep humility and earnest prayer for the teaching of the Spirit. On no point have good people so entirely disagreed as on the interpretation of prophecy; on no point have the prejudices of one group, the dogmatism of a second and the extravagance of a third done so much to rob the church of truths which God intended to be a blessing.

    Topics: Scripture, Holy Spirit, Prophecy
    Source: Matthew, p. 225.

Give me the plenary, verbal theory of biblical inspiration with all its difficulties, rather than the doubt. I accept the difficulties and humbly wait for their solution. But while I wait, I am standing on the rock.

    Topics: Scripture

Whenever a man takes upon him to make additions to the Scriptures, he is likely to end with valuing his own additions above Scripture itself.

    Topics: Scripture
    Source: Matthew Commentary, Chapter 15.

Beware of self-righteousness in every possible shape and form. Some people get as much harm from their "virtues" as others do from their sins.

    Topics: Self-righteousness

Stop being so sure that you are always right, and others wrong. Don't trust your own opinion, when you find it contrary to that of older men, and especially to that of your own parents. Age gives experience, and therefore deserves respect.

    Topics: Self-righteousness
    Source: Thoughts for Young Men.

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