Here are a couple quotes from R.C. Sproul’s book. Holiness of God
We tend to have mixed feelings about the holy. There is a sense in which we are at the same time attracted to it and repulsed by it. Something draws us toward it, while at the same time we want to run away from it. We can’t seem to decide which way we want it. Part of us yearns for the holy, while part of us despises it. We can’t live with it, and we can’t live without it.
Access to the Father is ours. But we still must tremble before our God. He is still holy. Our trembling is the tremor of awe and veneration, not the trembling of the coward or the pagan. We are to fear God not with a servile fear like that of a prisoner before his tormentor but as children who do not wish to displease their beloved Father.
Holiness of God is free on Kindle right now. If you haven’t read it I highly recommend it. If you have read it I recommend reading it again. It’s a great book.
William Lane Craig gives a talk on the exclusive nature of Christianity. Do all roads lead to God?
In Greg Koukl’s booklet Jesus, The Only Way: 100 Verses Greg gives 100 verses from the Bible that show why Christians believe that Jesus is the only path that leads to God. Koukl gives the following 9 reasons in the book
Reason #1: Jesus Is the Only Source of Salvation for the World
Reason #2: Jesus Is The Father’s Choice
Reason #3: Rejection of Jesus is Rejection of the Father
Reason #4: Rejection of Jesus Brings Judgment and Wrath; Belief in Jesus Rescues from Wrath
Reason #5: Jesus Is the One Who Provides Forgiveness from Sin
Reason #6: Many Imposters Will Claim to Provide Other Ways of Salvation
Reason #7: There Are No Other Alternatives for Salvation
Reason #8: All Nations Are to Be Given the Gospel
Reason #9: Jesus Will Be Man’s Judge on the Final Day
David Platt starts off his book Radical with a story comparing underground house churches he visited in Asia with his giant suburban American church. In America growth and wealth are signs of success in the church. But Platt claims that we are “molding Jesus into our image” as American, nice, middle-class, suburban Jesus. The danger in doing so could mean that instead of worshiping the Jesus of the Bible we “may be worshiping ourselves.”
Platt writes to call Christians to consider the cost of discipleship and the cost of “nondiscipleship.” He claims that American Christians are not bringing the gospel to unbelievers the way they should be. He write “While Christians choose to spend their lives fulfilling the American dream instead of giving their lives to proclaiming the kingdom of God, literally billions in need of the gospel remain in the dark.”
The book was a lot easier to read than I expected before picking it up. It really interesting at times and the stories about real persecuted Christians make American Christians look silly when they claim to be persecuted because stores say “Happy Holidays” instead of “Merry Christmas.” For those American Christians I would recommend this book.
O Lord of Grace,
The world is before me this day,
and I am weak and fearful,
but I look to You for strength;
If I venture forth alone I stumble and fall,
but on the Beloved’s arms I am firm as the eternal hills;
If left to the treachery of my heart I shall shame thy Name,
but if enlightened, guided, upheld by Your Spirit,
I shall bring Thee glory.
Be thou my arm to support,
my strength to stand, my light to see,
my feet to run, my shield to protect,
my sword to repel, my sun to warm.
To enrich me will not diminish Thy fullness;
All Your lovingkindness is in Your Son,
I bring him to Thee in the arms of faith,
I urge His saving Name as the One who died for me.
I plead His blood to pay my debts of wrong.
Accept His worthiness for my unworthiness,
His sinlessness for my transgressions,
His purity for my uncleanness,
His sincerity for my guile,
His truth for my deceits,
His meekness for my pride,
His constancy for my backslidings,
His love for my enmity,
His fullness for my emptiness,
His faithfulness for my treachery,
His obedience for my lawlessness,
His glory for my shame,
His devotedness for my waywardness,
His holy life for my unchaste ways,
His righteousness for my dead works,
His death for my life.
When the need is great, love isn’t love unless it actually does something . . . Jesus’ death on the cross is an act of love only if it actually accomplishes something. It’s not enough to say that it inspires us to do something. (pp. 94–95)
To use Bell’s example of the courageous firefighters on 9/11, their sacrifice is a heroic act of love only because they were actually trying to rescue victims. If I race into a burning building to save a child’s life, people will praise me for my selfless love for others. But if the child is standing in a warm blanket beside me, it would be foolish for me to say, “Look how much I love you!” and run into the flames. Likewise, the cross is the greatest act of foolishness—not the greatest act of love—unless it actually rescues us. No rescue, no love. No love, no example. (p. 102)
If we think that a cross which only inspires is nevertheless an act of love, then we must not think that we need much help.
via Andy Naselli