“I expect to die in bed, my successor will die in prison and his successor will die a martyr in the public square. His successor will pick up the shards of a ruined society and slowly help rebuild civilization, as the church has done so often in human history”–Roman Catholic Cardinal Francis George of Chicago.
“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you. . . .If they persecuted me, they will persecute you also” (John 15:18-20).
“. . . we must offer God’s answers to our culture’s questions, for they are the only answers that can change the human heart. An oncologist who chooses not to offend his patient by telling her she has cancer betrays both his profession and his patient. We are called to speak the truth in love (Ephesians 4:15), but it must be the truth that we speak. If we substitute popular opinion for biblical truth, we harm both the culture and the church. Christians are entrusted with ‘the words of eternal life’ (John 6:68)–every person you know needs what you know. And we are called to ‘obey God rather than human beings’ (Acts 5:29). Only a dead fish floats with the current”–Jim Denison, Denison Forum.
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, ‘Love your neighbor’ and hate your enemy. But I say, love your enemies! Pray for those who persecute you! In that way, you will be acting as true children of your Father in heaven” (Matthew 5:43-45a).
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