Quote Title Quotation Source
Tickling Itching Ears Submitting yourselves one to another (KJV) (not – to one another), out of reverence (fear) of God. The NIV has totally perverted the meaning of this verse. The NIV reads “submitting to one another” (e.g. mutual submission which would mean wives to husbands and husbands to wives; children to parents and parents to children; slaves to masters and masters to slaves — this is pure lunacy) the original reads in KJV “submitting one to another” (e.g. each one of you is to submit to another one out of reverence for God which would support – wives submit to your husbands; children obey (e.g. submit) your parents; slaves obey your masters). Now the authority and order of God may be witnessed by others as we submit to God’s authority in every matter.
This confusion, or shall I say perversion and corruption, has undermined God’s authority at all levels in every place for untold time. And we happen to like our version better, since it removes from us any obligation to submit to another.
Tom Van Hoogen
Soul Power All who are gratified by the world today shall lose the position of raining with Him in the future. Consequently, the salvation of the soul is quite different from what we commonly know as the salvation of the spirit ( which means having eternal life). Watchman Nee – The Salvation of the Soul, © 1978 Christian Fellowship Publishers, Inc.
The Rewards of Righteous Rule We call those Christian emperors happy who govern with Justice, who are not puffed up by the tongues of flatterers or the services of sycophants, but remember that they are men. We call them happy when they think of sovereignty as a ministry of God and use it for the spread of true religion; when they fear and love and worship God; when they are in love with the Kingdom in which they need fear no fellow sharers; when they are slow to punish, quick to forgive; when they punish, not out of private revenge, but only when forced by the order and security of the republic, and when they pardon, not to encourage impunity, but with the hope of reform; when they temper with mercy and generosity the inevitable harshness of their decrees. We call those happy who are all the more disciplined in their lusts just because they are freer to indulge them; who prefer to curb the waywardness of their own passions rather than to rule the peoples of the world, and to do this not out of vainglory but out of love for everlasting bliss; men, finally, who, for their sins, do not fail to offer to the true God the sacrifice of humility, repentance, and prayer. We say of such Christian emperors that they are, in this life, happy in their hope, but destined to be happy in reality when that day shall come for which we live in hope. St. Augustine – The City of God, circa 400, copyright 1950 by Fathers of the Church
Each Land Has its Own Laws What is true is that as there is a law in the natural world so there is a law in the spiritual world, i.e., a way of explaining things, but the law is not the same in both worlds. Oswald Chambers – The Complete Works of Oswald Chambers
To Devote is to Give by Consecration Devotion signifies a life given, or devoted to God. He, therefore, is the devout man who lives no longer to his own will, or the way and spirit of the world, but to the sole will of God, who considers God in everything, who serves God in everything, who makes all the parts of his common life parts of piety, by doing everything in the Name of God and under such rules as are conformable to His glory. William Law – A Serious Call to a Devout and Holy Life, circa 1728; Random House Inc. © 2002
Community Well If God fills your cup you must be willing to pass it around and let all others be refreshed from the same fountain. Show them where the fountain is, and how good its waters are. They do not know much about these things, and they need such hints as you can easily give them, if your own heart is full of that divine joy. Charles G. Finney – Power, Passion and Prayer, circa 1860, copyright 2004 Bridge-Logos Publishers
Milking Forbidden Never say anything, directly or indirectly, that will provoke praise or elicit compliments from others. Do not let your praise be the intended end of what you say. If it so happens that someone speaks well of you in the midst of a conversation, you are not to stop the conversation. Only remember this: do not let praise for yourself be the design of the conversation. Jeremy Taylor – The Rule and Exercises of Holy Living, circa 1650; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
The Way is Lined With Its Crosses In the other degrees of prayer there is more enjoyment, although those who are in the beginning, the middle, and the end all have their crosses, however different. Those who follow Christ, if they do not wish to be lost, must walk in the way he walked. Blessed labors that even here in life are so abundantly rewarded! Teresa of Avila – On the Four Stages of Prayer – circa 1560; excerpted from The Essential Writings of Christian Mysticism by Bernard McGuinn copyright 2006 by Random House, Inc.
Eliminating the Competition Almost immediately after our blessed Lord had performed perhaps the most stupendous of His miracles, in raising Lazarus from the grave, after he had been dead four days, we are informed by the Evangelist that the chief priests and the Pharisees took counsel together to put him to death. What a humbling view does this circumstance give us of the depravity of human nature as exemplified in these men, who, while obliged to confess the fact of the miracles which Jesus wrought, not only refused to accept Him as the Messiah, but even conspired together to rid themselves of Him by condemning Him to death! Neither will they be persuaded though one rose from the dead. F. W. Krummacher – The Suffering Saviour, Meditations on the Last Days of Christ, Wipf and Stock Publishers