Why Belief Matters

“When people stop believing in God, they don’t believe in nothing–they believe in anything”–G.K. Chesterton.

“Many Christians have what we might call a ‘cultural holiness.’ They adapt to the character and behavior pattern of Christians around them. As the Christian culture around them is more or less holy, so these Christians are more or less holy. But God has not called us to be like those around us. He has called us to be like Himself”–Jerry Bridges.

“For certainly God requires ‘truth in the inward being’, and the Christian must at all costs be honest and truthful. To be deceitful, to lapse into hypocrisy, to resort to intrigue and scheming, this is to play the devil’s game, and we shall not be able to beat him at his own game. What he abominates is transparent truth. He loves darkness; light causes him to flee. For spiritual as for mental health honesty about oneself is indispensable”–John Stott.

“J.V.L. Casserley, a brilliant British philosopher-theologian, observed that we do not break God’s commandments–we break ourselves on them. The man who jumps out of a 10th story window doesn’t break the law of gravity, according to Casserley–he illustrates it”–Jim Denison.

“The ‘wiles of the devil’ take many forms, but he is at his wiliest when he succeeds in persuading people that he does not exist. To deny his reality is to expose ourselves the more to his subtlety. Dr. LLoyd-Jones expresses his conviction on this matter in the following terms: ‘I am certain that one of the main causes of the ill state of the Church today is the fact that the devil is being forgotten. All is attributed to us; we have all become so psychological in our attitude and thinking. We are ignorant of the great objective fact, the being, the existence of the devil, the adversary, the accuser, and his “fiery darts” ‘–John Stott.

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