All of us would be wiser if we would resolve never to put people down, except on our prayer lists.— D. A. Carson
The most astonishing D. A. Carson quotes that are easy to memorize and remember
The cliché, God hates the sin but love the sinner, is false on the face of it and should be abandoned. Fourteen times in the first fifty Psalms alone, we are told that God hates the sinner, His wrath is on the liar, and so forth. In the Bible, the wrath of God rests both on the sin (Romans 1:18ff) and on the sinner (John 3:36).
What binds us together is not common education, common race, common income levels, common politics, common nationality, common accents, common jobs, or anything else of that sort. Christians come together because they have all been loved by Jesus himself. They are a band of natural enemies who love one another for Jesus' sake.
Effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.
Many of us in our praying are like nasty little boys who ring front door bells and run away before anyone answers.
The Bible is endlessly interesting because it is God's story, and God by nature is himself endlessly interesting. The Bible is an ever-flowing fountain. The more you read it, the more you find its truth and beauty to be inexhaustible.
The way to be anxious about nothing is to be prayerful about everything.
Hell is not filled with people who are deeply sorry for their sins.
It is filled with people who for all eternity still shake their puny fist in the face of God Almighty.
True freedom is not the liberty to do anything we please, but the liberty to do what we ought; and it is genuine liberty because doing what we ought now pleases us
Either worrying drives out prayer, or prayer drives out worrying.
It was not nails that held Jesus to that wretched cross;
it was his unqualified resolution, out of love for his Father, to do his Father's will-and it was his love for sinners like me.
Effectiveness in teaching the Bible is purchased at the price of much study, some of it lonely, all of it tiring.
Worship is the proper response of all moral, sentient beings to God, ascribing all honor and worth to their Creator-God precisely because he is worthy, delightfully so.
The person who loves his life will lose it: it could not be otherwise, for to love one's life is a fundamental denial of God's sovereignty, of God's rights, and a brazen elevation of self to the apogee of one's perception, and therefore an idolatrous focus on self, which is the heart of all sin
Despite the protestations, one sometimes wonders if we are beginning to worship, worship rather than worship God.
To worship God 'in spirit and in truth' is first and foremost a way of saying that we must worship God by means of Christ. In him the reality has dawned and the shadows are being swept away (Hebrews 8:13). Christian worship is new covenant worship; it is gospel-inspired worship; it is Christ-centered worship; it is cross-focused worship.
The Bible does not tell us that life in this world will be fair.
Evil and sin are not Victorian gentlemen; they do not play fair.
Imagination is a God-given gift; but if it is fed dirt by the eye, it will be dirty. All sin, not least sexual sin, begins with the imagination. Therefore what feeds the imagination is of maximum importance in the pursuit of kingdom righteousness.
The heart of all idolatry in the Bible is the de-godding of God.
In any Christian view of life, self-fulfillment must never be permitted to become the controlling issue. The issue is service, the service of real people. The question is, 'How can I be most useful?', not, 'How can I feel most useful?'
Christians have learned that when there seems to be no other evidence of God's love, they cannot escape the cross.
Both God's love and God's wrath are ratcheted up in the move from the old covenant to the new, from the Old Testament to the New. These themes barrel along through redemptive history, unresolved, until they come to a resounding climax - in the cross.
A text without a context is a pretext for a proof text.
You cannot find excellent corporate worship until you stop trying to find excellent corporate worship and pursue God himself.
Do you wish to see God's love? Look at the cross. Do you wish to see God's wrath? Look at the cross.
We overcome the accuser of our brothers and sisters, we overcome our consciences, we overcome our bad tempers, we overcome our defeats, we overcome our lusts, we overcome our fears, we overcome our pettiness on the basis of the blood of the Lamb.
Damn all false antitheses to hell, for they generate false gods, they perpetuate idols, they twist and distort our souls, they launch the church into violent pendulum swings who oscillations succeed only in dividing brothers and sisters in Christ
What the Bible says is what God has disclosed and we want to approach this sacred text with cognitive reverence.
The New Testament writers did not invent a doctrine of Scripture they inherited it.
Sin defies God, utterly corrupts each individual, corrodes all social relationships, and issues in death.
Draw nigh to God, so that you may dread the grave as little as your bed.
Draw nigh to God, that you may live a happy and useful life. Drawing nigh to God is the most concentrated energy of the soul. Effective prayer is the fruit of a relationship with God, not a technique for acquiring blessings.
The kingdom of heaven is worth infinitely more than the cost of discipleship, and those who know where the treasure lies joyfully abandon everything else to secure it.
Justice is not always done in this world;
we see that everyday. But on the Last Day it will be done for all to see. And no one will be able to complain by saying, "This isn't fair."
There is no long-range effective teaching of the Bible that is not accompanied by long hours of ongoing study of the Bible.
It's not a matter of us standing outside it and ticking off the boxes: yes, the Bible is faithful here; yes, it's telling the truth there, and so on, but rather granted that it's God-given. It's the frame of reference that shows us how to live in, tells us how to think about everything.
Sin corrupts even our good deeds. We injure our shoulder trying to pat ourselves on the back.
It is a cheap zeal that reserves its passions to combat only the sins and temptations of others.
The truth of the matter is that inerrancy is simply a way of saying that there are no errors that call into question the truthfulness of Scripture wherever Scripture is making truth claims.
If it is hard to accept a rebuke, even a private one, it is harder still to administer one in loving humility.
Study Bibles tend to circulate widely, so they play a disproportionate role in helping Christians and others understand holy Scripture. Further, many of our members have long used one or two other Study Bibles, and it is important that Christians not be tied too tightly to only one option, however good it may be.
One cannot fail to observe a crushing irony: the gospel of relativistic tolerance is perhaps the most “evangelistic” movement in Western culture at the moment, demanding assent and brooking no rivals.
Failure to believe stems from moral failure to recognize the truth, not from want of evidence, but from willful neglect or distortion of the evidence.
The important thing, Jesus is saying (in Matthew 5:33-37), is to tell the truth and keep one's pledges without insisting that a certain form of words must be used if it is to be binding. No oath is necessary for the truthful person... Their word is so reliable that nothing more than a statement is needed from them.
To God on whom we rely knows what suffering is all about- not merely in the way that God knows everything, but by experience.
The more we get to know God, the more we want to know him better.
The New Testament writers I think conceive of their inspired Scripture writings as flushing out, bringing to articulation, expounding and so on the climactic revelation in the son, but this in self-conscious fulfillment of the promises and covenants that were already made to God's chosen people in Old Testament times.
Christianity does not claim to convey merely religious truth, but truth about all reality. This vision of reality is radically different from a secularist vision that wants Christianity to scuttle into the corner of the hearth by the coal shovel, conveniently out of the way of anything but private religious concerns
In every generation there are voices that question the authority of Scripture.
So in one sense this is merely part of the continuing stream. But there's a sense in which the questions that are raised against Scripture vary a wee bit from generation to generation.
The Bible is not interested in precisionism unless the context indicates that precision is particularly important.
You get into theological education and you're busy marking papers and getting into administration in raising funds and doing all the things that are part of life, but here we were talking about important theological, historical, gospel related, biblically centered things hour after hour after hour.