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"...if anyone makes the assistance of grace depend on the humility or obedience of man and does not agree that it is a gift of grace itself that we are obedient and humble, he contradicts the Apostle who says, "What have you that you did not receive?" (1 Cor. 4:7), and, "But by the grace of God I am what I am" (1 Cor. 15:10). (Council of Orange: Canon 6)

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    Some Quotes from Together for the Gospel

    "The most insignificant sin that has ever been committed would ruin the entire cosmos, for it would mar the perfection that God created to reflect His glory. We steal God’s glory by every sin. We do not grasp the weight of our sin. Until we can bring home the ugliness of sin, Satan has another weapon in his locker. " (Duncan)

    "Pastors think there must be a light tone throughout the message which makes it impossible to discuss serious matters such as sin." (Dever)

    "If the average evangelical pastor would be held captive by terrorists and would need to give an adequate definition of justification to escape alive, well, we’d have a lot of dead pastors." (Mohler)

    "Sin and the wrath of God go together; you can’t have a Biblical doctrine of sin without the wrath of God." (Mohler)

    "One of the most effective evangelistic series our church has ever done was when I preached through everyone that God executed for sin." (Mahaney)

    "The single most important thing I do to awaken people to the gravity of sin is to increase their understanding of the character of God." (Sproul)

    "I preached a sermon on Romans 12:1-2 entitled "Don’t give your heart to Jesus; He wants more than that!” (Duncan)

    "Who’s afraid of the wrath of God when we preach that God loves us unconditionally?" (Sproul)

    "Most of the people who soft-pedal sin think the sin problem is a problem without, and not a problem within." (Mohler)

    "People have a stilted view of sin. We have a responsibility to show the ugliness of sin. Start with the misery that sin brings, then bring it back to the sin, and show how that sin looks to God. " (Duncan)

    "If you look back to the Puritans, they preached sin to believers, they preached mortification, and that is missing now." (Mohler)

    "We read one of the Commandments each Sunday at our church. The Law drives us to the Cross, and continues to reveal to us what is pleasing to God and shows us His character." (Sproul)

    "Hybels polled people and found that many had left church because they were bored; well, there is no record in the Bible of anyone personally encountering God and being bored. Our job is to present God in the fullness of His character." (Sproul)

    "Salvation gets reduced to an emotional experience which is mere affection for Jesus; there is nowhere in the Scripture that we are saved by mere affection for Jesus". (Mohler)

    Posted by John Samson on April 28, 2006 01:04 PM

    Comments

    Wow, am I humbled!

    Yes, we take sin for granted and sluff it off knowing that God lovingly overlooks it because well, He loves us unconditionaly. NOT!

    I would like to hear C.J.'s sermon on all who were executed by God for sin. Sounds like a modern day "Sinners in the hands of an angry God." That is exactly the message that our churches need to hear and GET!

    In Christ

    Mike Ratliff

    People have been taught this man centered gospel of 'Jesus couldnt live anymore if you went to hell'. Instead of God commands that we repent from sin, and the wages of sin is death then judgement, and that breeds this modern day existentialism movement. God is not a God created by human hands and he is not a God dependent on mortal man. He is God alone, and he existed before time began. He is a sovereign and righteous God who judges all things in the universe. The fact that he saves any of us from the eternal punishment in hell that we deserve so richly is grace.

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