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It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Courage

It is to be lamented that the term irresistible grace has ever been used, since it suggests the idea of a mechanical and coercive influence upon an unwilling subject, while, in truth, it is the transcendent act of the infinite Creator, making the creature spontaneously willing.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Grace

It is easier to find a score of men wise enough to discover the truth than to find one intrepid enough, in the face of opposition, to stand up for it.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Truth

No one truth is rightly held till it is clearly conceived and stated, and no single truth is adequately comprehended till it is viewed in harmonious relations to all the other truths of the system of which Christ is the centre.

    Author: A.A. Hodge
    Topics: Truth

Do not burn false fire upon God's altar; do not pose and pretend, either to Him or to yourself, in your religious exercises; do not say more than you mean, or use exaggerated language that goes beyond the facts, when speaking to Him whose word is truth.

    Author: A.J. Gossip
    Topics: Prayer

All that is glorious is but a phase of His infinite excellence, and so all truth and holiness, found in the Holy Scripture, are only a new tribute to Him who is the Truth, the Holy One of God.

    Author: A.T. Pierson
    Topics: Truth

An honest heart loves the Truth.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Honesty, Truth, The Heart

The truth of God may well be likened to a narrow path skirted on either side by a dangerous and destructive precipice: in other words, it lies between two gulfs of error.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Truth

Christ is the key which unlocks the golden doors into the temple of Divine truth.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Truth

Like the doctrine of the Holy Trinity and the miraculous birth of our Savior, the truth of election must be received with simple, unquestioning faith.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Faith, Doctrine, The Trinity

For not only does sound reason direct us to refuse the guidance of those who do or teach anything wrong, but it is by all means vital for the lover of truth, regardless of the threat of death, to choose to do and say what is right even before saving his own life.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Topics: Truth

There is scarcely anything so dull and meaningless as Bible doctrine taught for its own sake. Truth divorced from life is not truth in its biblical sense, but something else and something less.

    Author: A.W. Tozer
    Source: Leadership, v. 12, n. 1.
    Topics: Doctrine

The immense step from the Babe at Bethlehem to the living, reigning triumphant Lord Jesus, returning to earth for His own people - that is the glorious truth proclaimed throughout Scripture. As the bells ring out the joys of Christmas, may we also be alert for the final trumpet that will announce His return, when we shall always be with Him.

    Author: Alan Redpath
    Topics: Christmas

It does not require great learning to be a Christian and be convinced of the truth of the Bible. It requires only an honest heart and a willingness to obey God.

    Author: Albert Barnes
    Topics: The Bible, Obedience

Everything deep is also simple and can be reproduced simply as long as its reference to the whole truth is maintained. But what matters is not what is witty but what is true.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Truth

One truth stands firm. All that happens in world history rests on something spiritual. If the spiritual is strong, it creates world history. If it is weak, it suffers world history.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Religion, History

Truth has no special time of its own. Its hour is now - always.

    Author: Albert Schweitzer
    Topics: Truth, Time

The gospel is not speculation but fact. It is truth, because it is the record of a Person who is the Truth.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: The Gospel

It is not the thinker who is the true king of men, as we sometimes hear it proudly said. We need one who will not only show, but be the Truth; who will not only point, but open and be the way; who will not only communicate thought, but give, because He is the Life. Not the rabbi's pulpit, nor the teacher's desk, still less the gilded chairs of earthly monarchs, least of all the tents of conquerors, are the throne of the true king. He rules from the cross.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Jesus

While the agent of renovation is the Divine Spirit, and the condition of renovation is our cleaving to Christ, the medium of renovation and the weapon which the transforming grace employs is "the word of the truth of the gospel," whereby we are sanctified.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Renewal, Sanctification

Withhold no part of the precious truth, but speak what you know and declare what you have seen. Do not allow the toil or darkness or possible unbelief of your friends to dissuade you. Let us rise and march to the place of duty, and there declare what great things God has shown to our soul.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Truth, Witnessing

To risk reputation and affection for the truth's sake is so demanding that to do it constantly you will need a degree of moral principle that only the Spirit of God can work in you. Do not turn your back like a coward, but play the man. Follow boldly in your Master's steps, for He has made this rough journey before you. Better a brief warfare and eternal rest than false peace and everlasting torment.

    Author: Alistair Begg
    Topics: Morality

Beneath all the rhetoric about relevance lies a profoundly disturbing possibility - that people may base their lives upon an illusion, upon a blatant lie. The attractiveness of a belief is all too often inversely proportional to its truth... To allow "relevance" to be given greater weight than truth is a mark of intellectual shallowness and moral irresponsibility.

    Author: Alister McGrath
    Source: Understanding Doctrine: Its Relevance and Purpose for Today
    Topics: Heresy

All the great temptations appear first in the region of the mind and can be fought and conquered there. We have been given the power to close the door of the mind. We can lose this power through disuse or increase it by use, by the daily discipline of the inner man in things which seem small and by reliance upon the word of the Spirit of truth. It is God that worketh in you, both to will and to do of His good pleasure. It is as though He said, 'Learn to live in your will, not in your feelings.'

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Temptation, Discipline, Feelings

We say, then, to anyone who is under trial, give Him time to steep the soul in His eternal truth. Go into the open air, look up into the depths of the sky, or out upon the wideness of the sea, or on the strength of the hills that is His also; or, if bound in the body, go forth in the spirit; spirit is not bound. Give Him time and, as surely as dawn follows night, there will break upon the heart a sense of certainty that cannot be shaken.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Trials, Truth

If I am content to heal a hurt slightly, saying "Peace, peace," where is no peace; if I forget the poignant word "Let love be without dissimulation" and blunt the edge of truth, speaking not right things but smooth things, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Peace, Healing, Hurt

If I am afraid to speak the truth lest I lose affection, or lest the one concerned should say, "You do not understand", or because I fear to lose my reputation for kindness; if I put my own good name before the other's highest good, then I know nothing of Calvary love.

    Author: Amy Carmichael
    Topics: Truth

The greatest test of whether the holiness we profess to seek or to attain is truth and life will be whether it produces an increasing humility in us. In man, humility is the one thing needed to allow God's holiness to dwell in him and shine through him. The chief mark of counterfeit holiness is lack of humility. The holiest will be the humblest.

    Author: Andrew Murray
    Topics: Holiness, Humility

When you have eliminated the impossible, whatever remains, however improbable, must be the truth.
- Sir Arthur Conan Doyle

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Truth

The government of the United States is acknowledged by the wise and good of other nations, to be the most free, impartial, and righteous government of the world; but all agree, that for such a government to be sustained many years, the principles of truth and righteousness, taught in the Holy Scriptures, must be practiced.
- Emma Willard

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Government, Freedom, Righteousness

A wisely chosen illustration is almost essential to fasten the truth upon the ordinary mind, and no teacher can afford to neglect this part of his preparation.
- Howard Crosby

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Education, Truth, Teachers

Yes, it is a press, certainly, but a press from which shall flow in inexhaustible streams, the most abundant and most marvelous liquor that has ever flowed to relieve the thirst of men! Through it , God will spread His Word. A spring of truth shall flow from it: like a new star it shall scatter the darkness of ignorance, and cause a light heretofore unknown to shine amongst men.
- Johannes Gutenberg

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Source: On his invention of the printing press.
    Topics: Scripture, Light

I believe that in the end the truth will conquer.
- Cyprian

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Truth

Falsehood is in a hurry; it may be at any moment detected and punished; truth is calm, serene; its judgment is on high; its king cometh out of the chambers of eternity.
- Joseph Parker

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Lying

A little lie can travel half way 'round the world while Truth is still lacing up her boots.
- Mark Twain

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Lying

The truth only irritates those it enlightens, but does not convert.
- Pasquier Quesnel

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Truth

For my part, whatever anguish of spirit it may cost, I am willing to know the whole truth; to know the worst and provide for it.
- Patrick Henry

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Truth

Truth and love are two of the most powerful things in the world; and when they both go together they cannot easily be withstood.
- Ralph Cudworth

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Truth, Love

Where I found truth, there found I my God, who is the truth itself.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Truth, God

One never errs more safely than when one errs by too much loving the truth.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Truth

When regard for truth has been broken down or even slightly weakened, all things will remain doubtful.

    Author: Augustine
    Topics: Truth

Let us, then, cultivate an attitude of courage as over against the investigations of the day. None should be more zealous in them then we. None should be more quick to discern truth in every field, more hospitable to receive it, more loyal to follow it wherever it leads.

    Author: B.B. Warfield
    Topics: Truth, Discernment, Zeal

The backslider likes the preaching that wouldn't hit the side of a house, while the real disciple is delighted when the truth brings him to his knees.

    Author: Billy Sunday
    Topics: Backsliding

Belief is a wise wager. Granted that faith cannot be proved, what harm will come to you if you gamble on its truth and it proves false? If you gain, you gain all; if you lose, you lose nothing. Wager, then, without hesitation, that He exists.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Faith, Believing

Contradiction is not a sign of falsity, nor the lack of contradiction a sign of truth.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth

He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his end, may safely trust to God's providence to lead him aright.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth, Trust, Providence

Justice and truth are too such subtle points that our tools are too blunt to touch them accurately.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Justice

Nothing gives rest but the sincere search for truth.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth, Rest

One must know oneself. If this does not serve to discover truth, it at least serves as a rule of life and there is nothing better.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth

Too much and too little wine. Give him none, he cannot find truth; give him too much, the same.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth

Truth is so obscure in these times, and falsehood so established, that, unless we love the truth, we cannot know it.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth

We know the truth, not only by the reason, but also by the heart.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Truth, The Heart

It's not enough to rage against the lie...you've got to replace it with the truth.

    Author: Bono
    Topics: Lying, Truth

God as we ought to worship Him. God is Spirit, so we must worship Him in spirit and truth, that is, by a humble and true adoration of spirit in the depth and centre of our souls.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Worship

To worship God in truth is further to admit that we are entirely contrary to Him, and that He is willing to make us like Himself if we desire it. Who will be so imprudent as to turn himself away, even for a moment, from the reverence, love, service and continual adoration which we most justly owe Him?

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Worship

To worship God in truth is to recognize Him for being who He is, and to recognize ourselves for what we are.

    Author: Brother Lawrence
    Topics: Worship

The Word of truth teaches in the clearest and most positive terms that all of the dead will be raised. No doctrine of the faith rests upon a more literal and emphatic body of Scripture authority than this, nor is any more vital to Christianity.

    Author: C.I. Scofield
    Topics: Doctrine, Resurrection

No doubt those who really founded modern science were usually those whose love of truth exceeded their love of power.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Abolition of Man
    Topics: Truth

Pain removes the veil; it plants the flag of truth within the fortress of a rebel soul.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Problem of Pain
    Topics: Pain

It matters enormously if I alienate anyone from the truth.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Problem of Pain
    Topics: Truth

Truth and falsehood are opposed; but truth is the norm not of truth only but of falsehood also.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Allegory of Love
    Topics: Truth

And then she understood the devilish cunning of the enemies' plan. By mixing a little truth with it they had made their lie far stronger.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: The Last Battle
    Topics: Satan, Lying

Talk to me about the truth of religion and I'll listen gladly. Talk to me about the duty of religion and I'll listen submissively. But don't come talking to me about the consolations of religion or I shall suspect that you don't understand.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Religion

Even in literature and art, no man who bothers about originality will ever be original: whereas if you simply try to tell the truth, you will, nine times out of ten, become original without ever having noticed it.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Truth

If you look for truth, you may find comfort in the end; if you look for comfort you will not get either comfort or truth only soft soap and wishful thinking to begin, and in the end, despair.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Truth, Comfort

Reason is the natural order of truth; but imagination is the organ of meaning.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Topics: Truth

You never know how much you really believe anything until its truth or falsehood becomes a matter of life and death to you.

    Author: C.S. Lewis
    Source: A Grief Observed
    Topics: Believing

The Gospel that represents Jesus Christ, not as a system of truth to be received, into the mind, as I should receive a system of philosophy, or astronomy, but it represents Him as a real, living, mighty Savior, able to save me now.

    Author: Catherine Booth
    Topics: Salvation, The Gospel

A lie can travel half way around the world while the truth is putting on its shoes.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Lying

Arminianism is thus guilty of confusing doctrines and of acting as an obstruction to a clear and lucid grasp of the Scripture; because it mis-states or ignores the eternal purpose of God, it dislocates the meaning of the whole plan of redemption. Indeed confusion is inevitable apart from this foundational truth.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Doctrine

Depend upon it, however, let men rebel against this truth as they will, that God has determined the end from the beginning. He has left no screw loose in the machine, He has left nothing to chance or accident.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: God

If you want the truth to go round the world you must hire an express train to pull it; but if you want a lie to go round the world it will fly; it is as light as a feather, and a breath will carry it.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Truth, Lying

In all of my years of service to my Lord, I have discovered a truth that has never failed and has never been compromised. That truth is that it is beyond the realm of possibilities that one has the ability to out give God. Even if I give the whole of my worth to Him, He will find a way to give back to me much more than I gave.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Giving

No doctrine in the whole Word of God has more excited the hatred of mankind than the truth of the absolute sovereignty of God. The fact that "the Lord reigneth" is indisputable, and it is this fact that arouses the utmost opposition in the unrenewed human heart.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Hatred

Nothing makes a man so virtuous as belief of the truth. A lying doctrine will soon beget a lying practice. A man cannot have an erroneous belief without by-and-by having an erroneous life. I believe the one thing naturally begets the other.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermon, A Defense of Calvinism.
    Topics: Doctrine, Truth

Saints not only desire to love and speak truth with their lips, but they seek to be true within; they will not lie even in the closet of their hearts, for God is there to listen; they scorn double meanings, evasions, equivocations, white lies, flatteries, and deceptions.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: The Treasury of David, Psalm 15.
    Topics: Truth, Deception

Some of us who have preached the Word for years, and have been the means of working faith in others and of establishing them in the knowledge of the fundamental doctrines of the Bible, have nevertheless been the subjects of the most fearful and violent doubts as to the truth of the very gospel we have preached.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 11.290.
    Topics: Doubt

The man who is all aglow with love to Jesus finds little need for amusement. He has no time for trifling. He is in dead earnest to save souls, and establish the truth, and enlarge the kingdom of his Lord.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Evangelism

Yet, surely, there must be some who will fling aside the (cowardly) love of peace, and speak out for our Lord, and for His truth. A craven spirit is upon man, and their tongues are paralyzed. Oh, for an outburst of true faith and holy zeal.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Truth, Zeal

Renewing the mind is a little like refinishing furniture. It is a two-stage process. It involves taking off the old and replacing it with the new. The old is the lies you have learned to tell or were taught by those around you; it is the attitudes and ideas that have become a part of your thinking but do not reflect reality. The new is the truth. To renew your mind is to involve yourself in the process of allowing God to bring to the surface the lies you have mistakenly accepted and replace them with truth. To the degree that you do this, your behaviour will be transformed.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Holiness, Renewal, Transformation

We are either in the process of resisting God's truth or in the process of being shaped and molded by his truth.

    Author: Charles Stanley
    Topics: Truth

At the highest levels of virtually every major religion, the conspiracy to hijack truth and enslave the masses is constantly at work, whether it is Catholicism, Judaism, or Protestantism.

    Author: Chuck Baldwin
    Topics: Religion

You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends.

    Author: Chuck Colson
    Topics: Truth

The greatest friend of truth is time, her greatest enemy is prejudice, and her constant companion humility.

    Author: Chuck Colson
    Topics: Truth, Time

The pro-life agenda has no meaning apart from its being rooted in absolute truth, in self-evident truths - truths that are true because they're true, not because somebody says they are true.

    Author: Chuck Colson
    Topics: Abortion, Truth

For the Christian church (even in its recently popular seeker services) to ignore, euphemize, or otherwise mute the lethal reality of sin is to cut the nerve of the gospel. For the sober truth is that without full disclosure on sin, the gospel of grace becomes impertinent, unnecessary, and finally uninteresting.

    Author: Cornelius Plantinga
    Topics: Sin, The Gospel

Saints and martyrs are famous for testifying to the truth about Jesus Christ while their enemies set them on fire, but each day ordinary Christians experience small martyrdoms when they blow the whistle on a dangerous product, or lose a friend they had to confront, or stand up in a small group and, for the first time in their lives, say to a group of strangers,"My name is Maxine, and I am an alcoholic."

    Author: Cornelius Plantinga
    Topics: Persecution, Witnessing

Merely reading the Bible is no use at all without we study it thoroughly, and hunt it through, as it were, for some great truth.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: The Bible

The most solemn truth in the gospel is that the only thing Christ left down here is His blood.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: The Gospel

I may say with truth that there is only about one in ten who professes Christianity who will turn round and glorify God with a loud voice. Nine out of ten are still born Christians. You never hear of them.

    Author: D.L. Moody
    Topics: Apathy

As you step into the battle for truth, God will supply all you need, and your faith will grow ever stronger in Him. The church needs more "Davids"--men and women ready to be used in defense of the truth against the "giants" of unbelief.

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Truth, Faith, Unbelief

The sad truth is that among today's evangelicals it is not loving and esteeming God but self-love and self-esteem that are presented as the pressing need!

    Author: Dave Hunt
    Topics: Self-love

There is more stuff and substance of good in the Lord's promises than the sharpest sighted saint did or can perceive; for when we have followed the promise, to find out all the truth which is in it, we meet with a cloud of unsearchable riches, and are forced to leave it there.

    Author: David Dickson
    Topics: Providence

The new evangelicalism is not driven by the same passion for truth as the older form, and that is why it is often empty of theological interest. We now have less biblical fidelity, less interest in the truth, less seriousness, less depth and less capacity to speak the Word of God to our own generation in a way that offers an alternative to what it already thinks.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Truth, Theology

We are called to see that the Church does not adapt its thinking to the horizons that modernity prescribes for it but rather that it brings to those horizons the powerful antidote of God's truth.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Church, Truth

Many of those whose task it is to broker the truth of God to the people of God in the churches have now redefined the pastoral task such that theology has become an embarrassing encumbrance or a matter of which they have little knowledge; and many in the Church have now turned in upon themselves and substituted for the knowledge of God a search for the knowledge of self.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Truth, Theology

The fundamental problem in the evangelical world today is that God rests too inconsequentially upon the church. His truth is too distant, His grace is too ordinary, His judgment is too benign, His gospel is too easy, and His Christ is too common.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Apathy

Truth is now simply a matter of etiquette: it has no authority, no sense of rightness, because it is no longer anchored in anything absolute. If it persuades, it does so only because our experience has given it its persuasive power, but tomorrow our experience might be different.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Truth

[Christianity today] is about everything except truth. And yet this truth, personally embodied in Christ, gives us a place to stand in order to deal with the complexities of life, such as broken relations, teenage rebellion, and job insecurities.

    Author: David F. Wells
    Topics: Christianity, Life

Truth offends everyone outside its definitions. But the irony of truth is that the greater its potential for offense, the greater its potential for giving hope.

    Author: David Jeremiah
    Topics: Truth

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It's true that (many) are praying for a worldwide revival. But it would be more timely, and more scriptural, for prayer to be made to the Lord of the harvest, that He would raise up and thrust forth laborers who would fearlessly and faithfully preach those truths which are calculated to bring about a revival.

    Author: A.W. Pink
    Topics: Preaching, Revival

Embrace in one act the two truths--thine own sin, and God's infinite mercy in Jesus Christ.

    Author: Alexander MacLaren
    Topics: Mercy

If you love your 'Truths' more than you love people, then you are an out-and-out Pharisee. Nothing less. And you will create condemnation and death in people, rather than 'conviction' and LIFE.

    Author: Andrew Strom
    Topics: Love, Life

To be an atheist requires an infinitely greater measure of faith than to receive all the great truths which atheism would deny.
- Joseph Addison

    Author: Assorted Authors
    Topics: Atheism

Faith embraces many truths which seem to contradict each other.

    Author: Blaise Pascal
    Topics: Faith, Truth

God has special confidences for each soul. Indeed, it would seem as though the deepest truths came only in moments of profound devotional silence and contemplation.

    Author: Charles H. Brent
    Topics: Prayer, Truth

Most of the grand truths of God have to be learned by trouble; they must be burned into us with the hot iron of affliction, otherwise we shall not truly receive them.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Affliction

There are two great truths which from this platform I have proclaimed for many years. The first is that salvation is free to every man who will have it; the second is that God gives salvation to a people whom He has chosen; and these truths are not in conflict with each other in the least degree.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Topics: Salvation

Whatever may be said about the doctrine of election, it is written in the Word of God as with an iron pen, and there is no getting rid of it. To me, it is one of the sweetest and most blessed truths in the whole of revelation, and those who are afraid of it are so because they do not understand it. If they could but know that the Lord had chosen them, it would make their hearts dance for joy.

    Author: Charles Spurgeon
    Source: Sermons, 9.374, 375.
    Topics: Doctrine

Falsehoods not only disagree with truths, but usually quarrel among themselves.

    Author: Daniel Webster
    Topics: Lying, Quarreling

Give yourself to prayer, to reading and meditation on divine truths: strive to penetrate to the bottom of them and never be content with a superficial knowledge.

    Author: David Brainerd
    Source: Mr. Brainerd's Remains, consisting of Letters and Other Papers
    Topics: Prayer, Meditation, Truth

Humility is truth.

    Author: Desiderius Erasmus
    Topics: Humility

God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Truth, Judging, Satan

Human love has little regard for the truth. It makes the truth relative, since nothing, not even the truth, must come between it and the beloved person.

    Author: Dietrich Bonhoeffer
    Topics: Truth, Love

The preacher who will proclaim this glorious truth and magnify the cleansing power of the blood of Christ will find that his message of full deliverance touches life at every point. He is doing a disservice to his hearers and is dishonoring his God if he substitutes any other theme.

    Author: Duncan Campbell
    Topics: Preaching

The great truths of revelation are neither able to preach nor defend themselves. They must have soldier preachers who proclaim and defend them. They have never conquered as silent force, they have never won as a reserve corps.

    Author: E.M. Bounds
    Topics: Preaching

To make sure our convictions, views, and assumptions about our Creator stay based on biblical truth and not on popular consensus, we must continually check what we believe against the Scriptures.

    Author: Erwin Lutzer
    Topics: Believing, Scripture

What is truth? said jesting Pilate; and would not stay for an answer.

    Author: Francis Bacon
    Topics: Truth

Faith fills a man with love for the beauty of its truth, with faith in the truth of its beauty.

    Author: Francis de Sales
    Topics: Faith, Beauty

A judicious silence is always better than truth spoken without charity.

    Author: Francis de Sales
    Topics: Truth

Our first place of victory [over fear] is in believing the truth concerning our relationship with God. Paul tells us that, "having been justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ" (Rom 5:1). We reject the lie that insists God is our enemy. We come to believe He is our Helper in the healing of our souls!

    Author: Francis Frangipane
    Topics: Fear, Believing

Truth always carries with it confrontation. Truth demands confrontation; loving confrontation nevertheless. If our reflex action is always accommodation regardless of the centrality of the truth involved, there is something wrong.

    Author: Francis Schaeffer
    Topics: Truth

We must stress that the basis for our faith is neither experience nor emotion but the truth as God has given it in verbalized, prepositional form in the Scripture and which we first of all apprehend with our minds.

    Author: Francis Schaeffer
    Source: The New Super-Spirituality, IVP, 1972, p. 24.
    Topics: Faith, Truth

Speak, move, act in peace, as if you were in prayer. In truth, this is prayer.

    Author: Francois Fenelon
    Topics: Peace, Prayer

I'm not condemning people. God's going to do that. I just want to be honest with people. I just want to tell them the truth. ... People don't want to know what I have to say. They want to know what God has to say.

    Author: Franklin Graham
    Topics: Honesty, God

Avarice, greed, concupiscence and so forth are all based on the mathematical truism that the more you get, the more you have. The remark of that it is more blessed to give than to receive is based on the human truth that the more you give away in love, the more you are. It is not just for the sake of other people that tells us to give rather than get, but for our own sakes too.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Giving

It is impossible to conceive how different things would have turned out if that birth had not happened whenever, wherever, however it did ... for millions of people who have lived since, the birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. It is a truth that, for twenty centuries, there have been untold numbers of men and women who, in untold numbers of ways, have been so grasped by the child who was born, so caught up in the message he taught and the life he lived, that they have found themselves profoundly changed by their relationship with him.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Source: Listening to Your Life
    Topics: Christmas, Life

Our eyes are just our eyes and not all we have for seeing, maybe not even the best we have for seeing. Facts are all the eye can see, eyes cannot see truth. It's not with the eyes of the head that we see truths like that, but with the eyes of the heart. To see (Jesus) with the heart is to know, in the long run, that his life is the only life worth living.

    Author: Frederick Buechner
    Topics: Truth

Disagreement is refreshing when two men lovingly desire to compare their views to find out truth. Controversy is wretched when it is only an attempt to prove another wrong. Religious controversy does only harm. It destroys humble inquiry after truth, and throws all the energies into an attempt to prove ourselves right - a spirit in which no man gets at truth.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Truth, Religion

It is not the number of books you read, nor the variety of sermons you hear, nor the amount of religious conversation in which you mix, but it is the frequency and earnestness with which you meditate on these things till the truth in them becomes your own and part of your being, that ensures your growth.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Education, Growth, Books

Love God, and he will dwell with you. Obey God, and he will reveal to you the truth of his deepest teachings.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Holiness

Truth lies in character. Christ did not simply speak the truth; he was truth; truth, through and through; for truth is a thing not of words, but of life and being.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Character, Truth

It is wondrous how, the truer we become, the more unerringly we know the ring of truth, can discern whether a man be true or not, and can fasten at once upon the rising lie in word and look and dissembling act - wondrous how the charity of Christ in the heart perceives every aberration from charity in others, in ungentle thought or slanderous tone.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Truth, Discernment

It is perilous to separate thinking rightly, from acting rightly. He is already half false who speculates on truth and does not do it. The penalty paid by him who speculates on truth without doing it, is, that by degrees the very truth he holds becomes a falsehood.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Hypocrisy

The deepest truths are the simplest and the most common.

    Author: Frederick W. Robertson
    Topics: Truth

The three essentials for great preaching are: truth, clarity, and passion.

    Author: G. Campbell Morgan
    Topics: Preaching

A good novel tells us the truth about its hero; but a bad novel tells us the truth about its author.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Books

Half a truth is better than no politics.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Truth, Politics

In matters of truth the fact that you don't want to publish something is, nine times out of ten, a proof that you ought to publish it.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Truth

What we suffer from today is humility in the wrong place. Modesty has moved from the organ of ambition. Modesty has settled upon the organ of conviction; where it was never meant to be. A man was meant to be doubtful about himself, but undoubting about the truth; this has been exactly reversed.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Humility, Modesty

The truth is, of course, that the curtness of the Ten Commandments is an evidence, not of the gloom and narrowness of a religion, but, on the contrary, of its liberality and humanity. It is shorter to state the things forbidden than the things permitted: precisely because most things are permitted, and only a few things are forbidden.

    Author: G.K. Chesterton
    Topics: Liberty

When people fail, we are inclined to find fault with them, but if you look more closely, you will find that God had some particular truth for them to learn, which the trouble they are in is to teach them.

    Author: G.V. Wigram
    Topics: Failure, Learning

Be calm in arguing; for fierceness makes error a fault, and truth discourtesy.

    Author: George Herbert
    Topics: Truth

When a man argues for victory and not for truth, he is sure of just one ally, that is the devil. Not the defeat of the intellect, but the acceptance of the heart is the only true object in fighting with the sword of the spirit.

    Author: George Macdonald
    Topics: Victory, Truth, The Heart

Do the truth ye know, and you shall learn the truth you need to know.

    Author: George Macdonald
    Topics: Truth

There is no strength in unbelief. Even the unbelief of what is false is no source of might. It is the truth shining from behind that gives the strength to disbelieve.

    Author: George Macdonald
    Topics: Truth, Unbelief

Truth will ultimately prevail where there is pains to bring it to light.

    Author: George Washington
    Topics: Truth

Such is the turbulence of human passions in party disputes, when victory more than truth is contended for, that the post of honor is a private station.

    Author: George Washington
    Topics: Politics, Truth, Victory

But he is unworthy the name of a minister of the gospel of peace, who is unwilling, not only to have his name cast out as evil, but also to die for the truths of the Lord Jesus.

    Author: George Whitefield
    Topics: Obedience

It is an undoubted truth that every doctrine that comes from God, leads to God; and that which doth not tend to promote holiness is not of God.

    Author: George Whitefield
    Topics: Doctrine, Holiness

A life devoted to trifles, not only takes away the inclination, but the capacity for higher pursuits. The truths of Christianity have scarcely more influence on a frivolous than on a profligate character.

    Author: Hannah More
    Topics: Apathy

We settle things by a majority vote, and the psychological effect of doing that is to create the impression that the majority is probably right. Of course, on any fine issue the majority is sure to be wrong. Think of taking a majority vote on the best music. Jazz would win over Chopin. Or on the best novel. Many cheap scribblers would win over Tolstoy. And any day a prizefight will get a bigger crowd, larger gate receipts and wider newspaper publicity than any new revelation of goodness, truth or beauty could hope to achieve in a century.

    Author: Harry Emerson Fosdick
    Topics: Reasoning, Music

Great truths that are stumbling blocks to the natural man are nevertheless the very foundations upon which the confidence of the spiritual man is built.

    Author: Harry Ironside
    Topics: Truth

Truth alone will not preserve if there be not corresponding exercise as to living in its power, and being controlled thereby.

    Author: Harry Ironside
    Topics: Truth

If the way in which men express their thoughts is slipshod and mean, it will be very difficult for their thoughts themselves to escape being the same. If it is high flown and bombastic, a character for national simplicity and truthfulness cannot long be maintained.

    Author: Henry Alford
    Topics: Truth

Truth does not consist in minute accuracy of detail, but in conveying a right impression; and there are vague ways of speaking that are truer than strict facts would be. When the Psalmist said, "Rivers of water run down mine eyes, because men keep not thy law," he did not state the fact, but he stated a truth deeper than fact, and truer.

    Author: Henry Alford
    Topics: Truth

The truth is there are two great classes of sins - sins of the body, and sins of the disposition. The Prodigal Son may be taken as a type of the first, the Elder Brother of the second.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Topics: Sin

I shall never rise to the point of view which wishes to "raise" faith to knowledge. To me, the way of truth is to come through the knowledge of my ignorance to the submissiveness of faith, and then, making that my starting-place, to raise my knowledge into faith.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Introduction, p. 28. Quotation from Beck: Bib. Psychol.
    Topics: Faith

With the demonstration of the naturalness of the supernatural, scepticism even may come to be regarded as unscientific. And those who have wrestled long for a few bare truths to ennoble life and rest their souls in thinking of the future will not be left in doubt.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Introduction, p. 32.
    Topics: The Future

Even to earnest minds the difficulty of grasping the truth at all has always proved extreme. Philosophically, one scarcely sees either the necessity or the possibility of being born again. Why a virtuous man should not simply grow better and better until in his own right he enter the Kingdom of God is what thousands honestly and seriously fail to understand.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Bio-genesis, p. 80.
    Topics: Virtue

He who loves will rejoice in the Truth, rejoice not in what he has been taught to believe; not in this Church's doctrine or in that; not in this issue, or in that issue; but "in the Truth." He will accept only what is real; he will strive to get at facts; he will search for Truth with a humble and unbiassed mind, and cherish whatever he finds at any sacrifice.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: The Greatest Thing in the World.
    Topics: Truth

In the spiritual world ... he will be wise who courts acquaintance with the most ordinary and transparent facts of Nature; and in laying the foundations for a religious life he will make no unworthy beginning who carries with him an impressive sense of so obvious a truth as that without Environment there can be no life.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, Environment, p. 264.
    Topics: Wisdom

He who abandons the personal search for truth, under whatever pretext, abandons truth. The very word truth, by becoming the limited possession of a guild, ceases to have any meaning; and faith, which can only be founded on truth, gives way to credulity, resting on mere opinion.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, p. 352.
    Topics: Truth

Better a little faith dearly won, better launched alone on the infinite bewilderment of Truth, than perish on the splendid plenty of the richest creeds. Such Doubt is no self-willed presumption. Nor, truly exercised, will it prove itself, as much doubt does, the synonym for sorrow.

    Author: Henry Drummond
    Source: Natural Law, p. 365.
    Topics: Faith

It is one of the severest tests of friendship to tell your friend his faults. So to love a man that you cannot bear to see a stain upon him, and to speak painful truth through loving words, that is friendship.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Friendship

There are joys which long to be ours. God sends ten thousands truths, which come about us like birds seeking inlet; but we are shut up to them, and so they bring us nothing, but sit and sing awhile upon the roof, and then fly away.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Truth, Apathy, Joy

Failure is a school in which the truth always grows strong.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Truth, Failure

Doctrine is nothing but the skin of truth set up and stuffed.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Truth, Doctrine

Whatever is only almost true is quite false, and among the most dangerous of errors, because being so near truth, it is the more likely to lead astray.

    Author: Henry Ward Beecher
    Topics: Lying

Uncertainty as to our relationship with God is one of the most enfeebling and dispiriting of things. It makes a man heartless. It takes the pith out of him. He cannot fight; he cannot run. He is easily dismayed and gives way. He can do nothing for God. But when we know that we are of God, we are vigorous, brave, invincible. There is no more quickening truth than this of assurance.

    Author: Horatius Bonar
    Topics: Assurance

Doubt is the incentive to truth and inquiry leads the way.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Truth, Doubt

Error is always more busy than truth.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Truth

Falsehood is cowardice, the truth courage.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Lying

Not the least misfortune in a prominent falsehood is the fact that tradition is apt to repeat it for truth.

    Author: Hosea Ballou
    Topics: Lying

I was like a boy playing on the sea-shore, and diverting myself now and then finding a smoother pebble or a prettier shell than ordinary, whilst the great ocean of truth lay all undiscovered before me.

    Author: Isaac Newton
    Topics: Ignorance

Disputation carries away the mind from that calm and sedate temper which is so necessary to contemplate truth.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth

It was a saying of the ancients, "Truth lies in a well;" and to carry on this metaphor, we may justly say that logic does supply us with steps, whereby we may go down to reach the water.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth

Some persons believe everything that their kindred, their parents, and their tutors believe. The veneration and the love which they have for their ancestors incline them to swallow down all their opinions at once, without examining what truth or falsehood there is in them. Men take their principles by inheritance, and defend them as they would their estates, because they are born heirs to them.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Apathy, Truth, Parents

Raillery and wit were never made to answer our inquiries after truth, and to determine a question of rational controversy, though they may be sometimes serviceable to expose to contempt those inconsistent follies which have been first abundantly refuted by argument; they serve indeed only to cover nonsense with shame, when reason has first proved it to be mere nonsense.

    Author: Isaac Watts
    Topics: Truth

Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Truth, Peace

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.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: Matthew, p. 225.
    Topics: Scripture, Holy Spirit, Prophecy

Think about how much falsehood and deceit there is in the world! How much exaggeration! How many untruths are added to a simple story! How many things are left out, if it does not serve the speaker's interest to tell them! How few there are around us of whom we can say, that we trust their word without question!

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Source: The Duties of Parents.
    Topics: Lying

To maintain pure truth in the church, we should be ready to make any sacrifice, to hazard peace, to risk dissention and run the chance of division.

    Author: J.C. Ryle
    Topics: Truth

It is here, in the thing that happened at the first Christmas, that the most profound unfathomable depths of the Christian revelation lie. God became man; Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the incarnation.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Topics: Christmas

(The Puritans believed in) the supreme importance of preaching. To the Puritans, the sermon was the liturgical climax of public worship. Nothing, they said, honours God more than the faithful declaration and obedient hearing of His truth. Preaching, under any circumstances, is an act of worship, and must be performed as such. Moreover, preaching is the prime means of grace to the church.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Source: A Quest for Godliness: The Puritan View of the Christian Life, Crossway, 1990, p. 281.
    Topics: Preaching

The Almighty appeared on earth as a helpless human baby, needing to be fed and changed and taught to talk like any other child. The more you think about it, the more staggering it gets. Nothing in fiction is so fantastic as this truth of the Incarnation.

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Source: Christian Reader, v. 33, n. 6.
    Topics: Christmas

The truth is that, though we were justified by faith alone, the faith that justifies is never alone (it always produces fruit, "good works,"...a transformed life).

    Author: J.I. Packer
    Topics: Justification

If you hold the truth while you are in danger, the truth will hold you when you are in danger.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Truth

A tribulation gives you the opportunity to test a truth you have always believed.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Tribulation

Preaching is truth set on fire.

    Author: Jack Hyles
    Topics: Preaching

The great comprehensive truths written in letters of living light on every page of our history are these: Human happiness has no perfect security but freedom; freedom none but virtue; virtue none but knowledge; and neither freedom nor virtue has any vigor of immortal hope, except in the principles of Christian faith, and in the sanctions of the Christian religion.

    Author: James H. Aughey
    Topics: History, Christianity, Freedom

Do not burn false fire upon God's altar; do not pose and pretend, either to Him or to yourself, in your religious exercises; do not say more than you mean, or use exaggerated language that goes beyond the facts, when speaking to Him whose word is truth.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Hypocrisy

Men are apt to prefer a prosperous error to an afflicted truth.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Truth, Men

By friendship you mean the greatest love, the greatest usefulness, the most open communication, the noblest sufferings, the severest truth, the heartiest counsel, and the greatest union of minds of which brave men and women are capable.

    Author: Jeremy Taylor
    Topics: Friendship, Women

I realize anew that, just as we must learn to obey God one choice at a time, we must also learn to trust God one circumstance at a time. Trusting God is not a matter of my feelings but of my will. I never feel like trusting God when adversity strikes, but I can choose to do so even when I don't feel like it. That act of the will, though, must be based on belief, and belief must be based on truth.

    Author: Jerry Bridges
    Topics: Adversity, Trust, Believing

While I have no problem with the church adapting to the culture, we must ensure that we remain painstakingly true to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and that we remain obedient servants to His truths.

    Author: Jerry Falwell
    Topics: Perseverance, The Gospel

The reason "other churches" don't grow: "Jim, the truth is, I couldn't have a real prayer meeting in my church. I'd be embarrassed at the smallness of the crowd..."

    Author: Jim Cymbala
    Source: Fresh Wind, Fresh Fire
    Topics: Prayer, Church

The word "philosophy" simply means "a pursuit of wisdom, the purpose of life, and a search for Truth." However, this quest, because it originates with man, can never find the answers. In fact, man cannot reach God or know God by intellectual pursuit.

    Author: Jimmy Swaggart
    Topics: Philosophy

The truths that I know best I have learned on my knees. I never know a thing well, till it is burned into my heart by prayer.

    Author: John Bunyan
    Topics: Prayer

A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God's truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.

    Author: John Calvin
    Topics: Apathy, Animals


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