“Without regeneration, the most glorious church service ever conducted is rank superstition, and God hates it” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 180).
“… our discussion of clerical garb should always start with the muck boots” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 178).
“There are plenty of born again people who wouldn’t call it that, and there are plenty of evangelicals who need to get saved. Life is messy” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 176).
“Everyone who is over fifty is very certain to discover within fifty or so years whether he or she is a sheep or a goat, a wheat or a tare, trusting in Jesus or deluded by the devil” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 163).
“Baptism is the sign and seal of that which it represents, and one of the things it represents (and thereby signs, seals, and confers) is regeneration. It does this for all worthy receivers, who are identified as such by their evangelical faith. That faith may not appear for many years after an infant is baptized, which is just fine by the Westminster divines, who maintain that the efficacy of baptism is not at all duct-taped to the time of its administration” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 161).
“Once converted, everything that used to be “law” is now gift, it is now grace. This includes the grace of dying. The privilege of participating in the cross of Jesus is a privilege, it is a gift. Mortification is grace, it is gift, it is goodness. Mortification is a great kindness (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 144).
“But the natural man, the unconverted man, the unregenerate man, is the same kind of man whether he is inside the covenant or outside it, with the difference that reprobates inside the covenant have greater condemnation” (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 143).
“Let us learn from our tradition, let us prize our heritage, let us enter into other men’s labours; but let us also know that it is not the tradition of the past, not a precious heritage, and not the labours of the fathers, that are to serve this generation and this hour, but the Word of the living and abiding God deposited for us in Holy Scripture, and this Word as ministered by the church” (John Murray, Collected Works, Vol. 1, 22).
“But the world is only stable because there is no foundation for stability within it. But once you introduce the Words of God, how gloriously stable it becomes! (Douglas Wilson, Against the Church, 139)
“…to reconstruct the gospel so that it will be relevant. This is the capital sin of our generation. . . . But the question for us is: how are we, holding to the sufficiency and finality of Scripture, going to meet the secularism, or whatever else the attitude may be, of this modern man? Here, I believe, we have too often made the mistake of not taking seriously the doctrine we profess. If Scripture is the inscripturated revelation of the gospel and of God’s mind and will, if it is the only revelation of this character that we possess, then it is this revelation in all its fulness, richness, wisdom, and power that must be applied to man in whatever religious, moral, mental situation he is to be found” (John Murray, Collected Works, Vol. 1, 21).