“Of one thing I feel very sure — it is nonsense to pretend to sanctification unless we follow after the meekness, gentleness, long-suffering, and forgiveness of which the Bible makes so much. People who are habitually giving way to peevish and cross tempers in daily life, and are constantly sharp with their tongues, and disagreeable to all around them — spiteful people, vindictive people, revengeful people, malicious people — of whom, alas, the world is only too full! — all such know little, as they should know, about sanctification” (J. C. Ryle, Holiness, 29).
“[T]he pulpit is never to be the ladder by which ambition is to climb” (C. H. Spurgeon, Lectures to My Students, 33).
Charles Spurgeon gives this anecdote regarding the Pastor’s College, which was started in 1856, and by which hundreds of men were trained for the pastoral ministry.
Certain of our charitable neighbors accuse us of having “a parson manufactory” here, but the charge is not true at all. We never tried to make a minister, and should fail if we did; we receive none into the College but those who profess to be ministers already. It would be nearer the truth if they called me a parson killer, for a goodly number of beginners have received their quietus from me; and I have the fullest ease of conscience in reflecting upon what I have done so. It has always been a hard task for me to discourage a hopeful young brother who has applied for admission to the College. . . . when I have felt convinced that the Lord had not called him, I have been obliged to tell him so (Lectures to My Students, 33).
“The selfish Christian professor, who wraps himself up in his own conceit of superior knowledge, and seems to care nothing whether others sink or swim, go to heaven or hell, so long as he walks to church or chapel in his Sunday best, and is called a “sound member” — such a man knows nothing of sanctification. He may think himself a saint on earth, but he will not be a saint in heaven. Christ will never be found the Saviour of those who know nothing of following His example. Saving faith and real converting grace will always produce some conformity to the image of Jesus (Coloss. iii. 10.)” (J. C. Ryle, Holiness, 28).
“Anyone who wants to write in the English language needs to focus on the canon of Scripture Read, reread, and reread again. This is of course something that all Christians should do, but it is also something every writer should do. For shaping the cadences of your mind, there is nothing like the Authorized Version [KJV]” (Douglas Wilson, Wordsmithy: Hot Tips for the Writing Life, 43).
“What we need in this day is precisely what God has supplied his church in every age, what Stanley Hauerwas has called “the capacity for dissent.” It’s the capacity to resist the attractive but destructive narratives at hand because “you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God ” (Col. 3:3). We know the great periods in which the Holy Spirit empowered a fresh proclamation of Christ by the people’s marked capacity for dissent. At the heart of that capacity is the overwhelming power of the Christian story to transform the story of our life [emphasis CCS]. This alone renders the dominant alternatives not simply wrong but uncompelling by comparison” (Michael Horton, A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, 51).
The following testimonial can be found on the back jacket of John Piper’s Counted Righteous in Christ: Should We Abandon the Imputation of Christ’s Righteousness? (Crossway Books, 2002).
This is certainly the most solid defense of the imputed righteousness of Christ since the work of John Murray fifty years ago. I’m delighted that Dr. Piper has established that important doctrine, not as a mere article from the confessional tradition, but on the solid foundation of God’s Word. — John M. Frame, Professor of Systematic Theology and Philosophy, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando
“The common idea of many persons that St. Paul’s writings are full of nothing but doctrinal statements and controversial subjects — justification, election, predestination, prophecy, and the like — is an entire delusion, and a melancholy proof of the ignorance of Scripture which prevails in these latter days. I defy anyone to read St. Paul’s writings carefully without finding in them a large quantity of plain, practical directions about the Christian’s duty in every relation of life, and about our daily habits, temper, and behavior to one another. These directions were written down by the inspiration of God for the perpetual guidance of professing Christians. He who does not attend to them may possibly pass muster as a member of a church or a chapel, but he certainly is not what the Bible calls a ‘sanctified’ man” (J. C. Ryle, Holiness, 28).
“Too often, we Christians are not as critical of ourselves as we are of the secular culture” (Michael Horton, A Better Way: Rediscovering the Drama of God-Centered Worship, 50).