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

— Charles Colson

The most reckoning Charles Colson quotes that will inspire your inner self

Tolerance once meant that we could use our reason to discern good and evil in open debate. Today tolerance has been used to call good evil and evil good.


Christians should never have a political party.

It is a huge mistake to become married to an ideology, because the greatest enemy of the gospel is ideology. Ideology is a man-made format of how the world ought to work, and Christians instead believed in the revealing truth Scripture.


The church has been brought into the same value system as the world: fame, success, materialism and celebrity. We watch the leading churches and the leading Christians for our cues. We want to emulate the best known preachers with the biggest sanctuaries and the grandest edifices. Preoccupation with these values has perverted the church's message.


One of the most wonderful things about being a Christian is that I don't ever get up in the morning and wonder if what I do matters. I live every day to the fullest because I can live it through Christ and I know no matter what I do today, I'm going to do something to advance the Kingdom of God.


Remain at your post and do your duty - for the glory of God and His kingdom.


Moral crusaders with zeal but no ethical understanding are likely to give us solutions that are worse than the problems.


I meet millions who tell me that they feel demoralized by the decay around us.

The hope that each of us has is not in who governs us, or what laws are passed... Our hope is in the power of God working in the hearts of people.


The Bible's historical accuracy is a reminder that while "the heavens declare the glory of God," there's also plenty of evidence among the rubble and ruins.


Our society's obsession with tolerance leads to intolerance.

Simply being a Christian today is an offense to our culture.


What is true has never been a question to be decided by polls or popular opinion. Truth isn’t ‘democratic’—it’s something that God has written into the very fabric of nature.


In college, [Christian students] are assaulted by secular relativism, and if we don't prepare them, they will be like lambs led to slaughter.


In our day, you can mock religion in public and even get funds for doing it.

But you can't show respect for religion in public - or you risk being hauled into court.


About Charles Colson

Quotes 89 sayings
Nationality American
Profession Lawyer
Birthday October 16

Christians need to take the lead in educating people that children are gifts, as my autistic grandson most surely is. By going down the path we're currently on, we might one day get rid of genetic diseases, but only at the cost of our own humanity.


... a widespread secularization increasingly descends into a moral, intellectual, and spiritual nihilism that denies not only the One who is the Truth but the very idea of truth itself.


What we do flows from who we are.


Great fiction can often present moral messages with greater power and clarity than instructional writing - since literature, after all, penetrates not just the intellect, but the imagination.


You are called not to be successful or to meet any of the other counterfeit standards of this world, but to be faithful and to be expended in the cause of serving the risen and returning Christ.


Knowing that we are fulfilling God's purpose is the only thing that gives rest to the restless human heart.


Heroism is an extraordinary feat of the flesh;

holiness is an ordinary act of the spirit. One may bring personal glory; the other always gives God glory.


Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.


When it comes to the culture, there's no such thing as peaceful coexistence.

If we're not defending truth, fighting for Christian values in all of life, the truth will be sacrificed on the altar of mainstream secularism.


Genuine Christianity is more than a relationship with Jesus, as expressed in personal piety, church attendance, Bible study, and works of charity. It is more than discipleship, more than believing a system of doctrines about God. Genuine Christianity is a way of seeing and comprehending all reality. It is a worldview.


A government cannot be truly just without affirming the intrinsic value of human life.


Redeeming culture is the never ending mission of the church.


Frontline love. It is our one hope for breaking down barriers and for restoring the sense of community, of caring for one another, that our decadent, impersonalized culture has sucked out of us.


We must be the same person in private and in public.

Only the Christian worldview gives us the basis for this kind of integrity.


The true mark of a Christian leader is trying to build up other people. Raise up other leaders!


If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up - from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.


When God wanted to defeat sin, His ultimate weapon was the sacrifice of His own Son. On Christmas Day two thousand years ago, the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure village in the Middle East was God's supreme triumph of good over evil.


Judeo-Christian revelation is not the negative influence secularists proclaim it to be. Rather, it is the taproot of our civilization.


People who cannot restrain their own baser instincts, who cannot treat one another with civility, are not capable of self-government... without virtue, a society can be ruled only by fear, a truth that tyrants understand all too well


The evidence for the resurrection of Jesus Christ is more powerful than anything else we believe. By His resurrection Jesus proved He is who He says He is. Be confident in this truth. Stand on the Holy Word of God. Don't sell the world a false bill of goods. Preach the word. Defend the faith. Live the faith.


If the polls are right, our Judeo-Christian heritage is no longer the foundation of our values. We have become a post-Christian society.


The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it.


God is truth and is to be worshiped, not because it's convenient, makes us feel good, or is therapeutic.


Removing religious symbols from public places is not neutrality.

On the contrary, it sends a highly negative message - that religion is something shameful, embarrassing, or at best strictly private.


Nearly every grave moral failure begins with a small sin.


God is dead not because He doesn't exist, but because we live, play, procreate, govern, and die as though He doesn't.


The average college graduate's proficient literacy in English [the ability to read lengthy, complex texts and draw complicated inferences] has declined from 40 percent in 1992 to 31 percent ten years later.


To turn away from the great questions and dilemmas of life is a tragedy, for the quest for meaning and truth makes life worth living.


We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves.


The life function of [the local church] is to love the God who created it - to care for others out of obedience to Christ, to heal those who hurt, to take away fear, to restore community, to belong to one another, to proclaim the Good News while living it out. The church is the invisible made visible.


The dynamism and freedom that characterizes the West is the product of Christianity's reforming itself and moving forward culturally. The ascendancy of the West is the story of the difference that Christianity makes, and it's a story we can't let our culture forget.


Seventy-six percent of the American people say we have a spiritual problem in our country. That's great, because now they understand the root of the problem is not that we haven't passed enough laws; rather, the root of the problem is in terms of our social value system.


Wilberforce and the band of abolitionists knew that a private faith that did not act in the face of oppression was no faith at all.


Repentance is replete with radical implications for a fundamental change of mind not only turns us from the sinful past, but also transforms our life plan, ethics, and actions as we begin to see the world through God's eyes rather than ours. That kind of transformation requires the ultimate surrender of self.


God uses prisons to train people for future roles of leadership or martyrdom.


Who speaks for God? He does quite nicely for Himself.

Through His holy and infallible Word - and the quiet obedience of His servants.


The modernists started with the assumption that science is the only source of sure knowledge, that nature is all there is, and thus that morality is merely a human invention that can be changed to meet changing circumstances in an evolving world.