John Piper

WHAT IS SIN?
Sin is the Glory of God not honored
Sin is the Holiness of God not Reverenced
Sin is the Greatness of God not admired
Sin is the Power of God not praised
Sin is the Truth of God not sought
Sin is the Wisdom of God not esteemed
Sin is the Beauty of God not treasured
Sin is the Goodness of God not savored
Sin is the Faithfulness of God not trusted
Sin is the Promises of God not believed
Sin is the Commandments of God not obeyed
Sin is the Justice of God not respected
Sin is the Wrath of God not feared
Sin is the Grace of God not cherished
Sin is the Presence of God not prized
Sin is the Person of God not loved.
- John Piper

A.W. Tozer

"The idea that this world is a playground instead of a battleground has now been accepted in practice by the vast majority of Christians. They are facing Christ and the world.... The ‘worship’ growing out of such a view of life is as far off center as the view itself - a sort of sanctified nightclub without the champagne and the dressed-up drunks."
- This World: Playground or Battleground? by A.W. Tozer, pp. 5-6.

Kevin DeYoung

"This is not about the culture out there. It's about those of us here - about what we as Christians are doing, what we are seeing, and what we may not know we are doing and seeing. I'm afraid we (including I) don't have the eyes to see how much the world has squeezed us into its mold."
- Kevin DeYoung

C.S. Lewis

“The monstrosity of sexual intercourse outside of marriage is that those who indulge in it are trying to isolate one union (sexual) from all other kinds of union, which are meant to go along with it and make up the total union. The Christian attitude doesn’t mean that there is anything wrong about sexual pleasure any more than about the pleasure of eating. It means that you mustn’t isolate that pleasure and try to get it by itself, anymore than you ought to try to get the pleasure of taste without swallowing and digesting, by chewing things and spitting them out again”
- CS Lewis

A.W. Tozer

"...is not strange since almost everything the Church is doing these days has been suggested to her by the world. I observe with pained amusement how many water boys of the pulpit in their effort to be prophets are standing up straight and tall and speaking out boldly in favor of ideas that have been previously fed into their minds by the psychiatrists, the sociologists, the novelists, the scientists and the secular educators."
- A.W. Tozer

Daniel Heimbach

“Some wonder, of course, how sex can be truly satisfying or enjoyable without focusing on yourself. The idea of enjoying selfless sex seems contradictory. Does not getting the most out of sex require putting your own desires ahead of everything else? The surprising answer is no, both on Biblical terms and based on human experience as well. God has imbedded a paradox in how sexual pleasure works that helps to restrain natural human selfishness. The more a couple focuses on pleasing the other, the more enjoyment each receives in return; and the more a person focuses on demanding his or her own satisfaction, the less satisfaction is possible. Self-centeredness always destroys sexual satisfaction, while unselfishness always makes it better”
- Daniel Heimbach

Billy Sunday

“The Bible will always be full of things you cannot understand, as long as you will not live according to those you can understand.”
- Billy Sunday

A.W. Tozer

"The teaching of forgiveness without any turning from sin is a great error and it has filled the churches with deceived members and helped to fill hell with deceived souls."
- AW Tozer, The Tozer Pulpit, Vol II

John Piper

"What a person values the most is the thing that drives their joy"
- John Piper

Billy Sunday

“Listen, I'm against sin. I'll kick it as long as I've got a foot, I'll fight it as long as I've got a fist, I'll butt it as long as I've got a head, and I'll bite it as long as I've got a tooth. And when I'm old, fistless, footless, and toothless, I'll gum it till I go home to glory and it goes home to perdition.”
- Billy Sunday

C.S. Lewis

"If there lurks in most modern minds the notion that to desire our own good and earnestly to hope for the enjoyment of it is a bad thing, I submit that this notion has crept in from Kant and the Stoics and is no part of the Christian faith. Indeed, if we consider the unblushing promises of reward and the staggering nature of the rewards promised in the Gospels, it would seem that Our Lord finds our desires not too strong, but too weak. We are half-hearted creatures, fooling about with drink and sex and ambition when infinite joy is offered us, like an ignorant child who wants to go on making mud pies in a slum because he cannot imagine what is meant by an offer of a holiday at the sea. We are far too easily pleased."
- C.S. Lewis

Kevin DeYoung

"This is not about the culture out there. It's about those of us here - about what we as Christians are doing, what we are seeing, and what we may not know we are doing and seeing. I'm afraid we (including I) don't have the eyes to see how much the world has squeezed us into its mold."
- Kevin DeYoung

Mark Dever

“The most important revolution of the twentieth century [was] the sexual revolution . . . Contraception replaced conception. Pleasure was separated from responsibility. It was as if a license was given out, legitimizing the bending of every part of our lives around serving ourselves. Since that time, divorce, remarriage, abortion, premarital sex, and extramarital sex, as well as homosexuality have been accepted by increasing percentages of the public. Pornography is huge business. [And] this is not just a problem with society out there. Many churches have found their members plagued by failed marriages and illicit affairs, by so-called private sins that turn into public disgraces, some of which are known, some of which are not yet known.”
- Mark Dever

Unknown

"How many Scriptures are we willing to erase so that we can free ourselves up to do what we want to do?"
- Unknown

Charles Spurgeon

If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love. (John 15:10)
"Sin makes the cloud which darkens our Sun: if we will be watchfully obedient and completely consecrated we may walk in the light, as God is in the light, and have as sure an abiding in the love of Jesus as Jesus has in the love of the Father. Here is a sweet promise with a solemn "if," Lord, let me have this "if" in my hand; for as a key it opens this casket. "
- Charles Spurgeon

Augustine

“Sin is believing the lie that you are self-created, self-dependent, or self-sustained.”
- Augustine

Billy Sunday

“One reason sin flourishes is that it is treated like a cream puff instead of a rattlesnake.”
- Billy Sunday

A.W. Tozer

In my opinion, the great single need of the moment is that light-hearted superficial religionists be struck down with a vision of God high and lifted up, with His train filling the temple. The holy art of worship seems to have passed away like the Shekinah glory from the tabernacle. As a result, we are left to our own devices and forced to make up the lack of spontaneous worship by bringing in countless cheap and tawdry activities to hold the attention of the church people.
- A.W. Tozer, Keys To The Deeper Life, 87 & 88

Craig Blomberg

“The New Testament carried forward the major principles of the Old Testament with one conspicuous omission. Never, in the New Testament, never was material wealth promised as a guaranteed reward for spiritual obedience.” Material reward for piety or for obedience never reappears in Jesus’ teachings. And in fact, it is explicitly contradicted throughout.”
- Craig Blomberg / Neither Poverty nor Riches: A Biblical Theology of Possessions

David Platt

"There are all kinds of ways that we have come up with to try and overcome guilt. We convince ourselves, "We have just placed unrealistic expectations on ourselves. Of course we fail and do wrong; but we are only human, and it's unreasonable to expect anything less than that". We lower our expectations so we can lower our level of guilt"
- David Platt

Soren Kierkegaard

“The human race in the course of time has taken the liberty of softening and softening Christianity until at last we have contrived to make it exactly the opposite of what it is in the New Testament…”
- Soren Kierkegaard