Throughout the course of history, great men and women of God have spoken of their loyalty to the Scripture within the framework of their circumstances. Below is a collection of a few such statements that clearly display their fidelity to the truth and the God of the Bible.

"Unless I am convinced by the testimony of the Scriptures or by clear reason (for I do not trust either in the pope or in councils alone, since it is well known that they have often erred and contradicted themselves), I am bound by the Scriptures I have quoted and my conscience is captive to the Word of God. I cannot and will not retract anything, since it is neither safe nor right to go against conscience. May God help me. Amen." Martin Luther (1483-1546) before the Diet of Worms - April, 1521

"To remain divided is sinful! Did not our Lord pray, that they may be one, even as we are one"? (John 17:22). A chorus of ecumenical voices keep harping the unity tune. What they are saying is, 'Christians of all doctrinal shades and beliefs must come together in one visible organization, regardless... Unite, unite!' Such teaching is false, reckless and dangerous. Truth alone must determine our alignments. Truth comes before unity. Unity without truth is hazardous. Our Lord's prayer in John 17 must be read in its full context. Look at verse 17: 'Sanctify them through thy truth; thy word is truth.' Only those sanctified through the Word can be one in Christ. To teach otherwise is to betray the Gospel."Charles H. Spurgeon, The Essence of Separation

Question: Are the Scriptures a Complete Rule?
Answer: The scripture is a full and perfect canon, containing in it all things necessary to salvation: 2 Timothy 3:15,......It shows the credenda, - what we are to believe; and agenda, - what we are to practice. It gives us an exact model of religion, and perfectly instructs us in the deep things of God......The scripture is to be its own interpreter, or rather the Spirit speaking in it; nothing can cut the diamond but the diamond; nothing can interpret scripture but scripture; the sun best discovers itself by its own beams;...Thomas Watson - A Body of Practical Divinity, Series of Sermons on the Shorter Catechism, "Of the Scriptures," p. 25.

"If your imaginary revelation is not according to this Word, it has no weight with us; and if it is according to this Word, it is no new thing....The Scripture alone is absolute truth, essential truth, decisive truth, authoritative truth, undiluted truth, eternal, everlasting truth." Charles Spurgeon (Sermon # 1890 - Delivered Sunday, March 7, 1886)

"We must stress that the basis for our faith is neither experience nor emotion, but the truth as God has given it: in verbalized, propositional form in the Scripture and which we first of all apprehend with our minds - though, of course, the whole man must act upon it." Francis Schaeffer, The Complete Works, Vol. 3, Book 3, The New Super-Spirituality, Crossway Books, p. 397

"The devil has no better way to conquer us than by leading us away from the Word and to the Spirit." Martin Luther, Table Talk 54:97 (cf. Bondage 33:154-155)

"But here Reason may turn up her nose and say: 'Why should God will these things to be done by means of words, when nothing is accomplished by such words, and the will is unable to turn itself in either direction? Why does he not do what he does without speaking a word, seeing he is able to do everything without a word, and the will of itself neither gains in strength nor effectiveness from hearing the word, if the inward movement of the Spirit is lacking, nor would it lose any strength or effectiveness through not hearing the word if the Spirit were present, since everything depends on the power and operation of the Holy Spirit?' We shall reply: It has thus pleased God to impart the Spirit, not without the Word, but through the Word, so as to have us as cooperators with him [1 Cor. 3:9] when we sound forth outwardly what he himself alone breathes inwardly wherever he wills (John 3:8), thus doing things that he could of course do without the Word, though he does not will so to do. And who are we that we should inquire into the cause of the divine will [Rom. 9:20]? It is enough to know that God so wills, and it is becoming for us to reverence, love, and adore his will, putting a restraint on the rashness of Reason. Similarly, he could nourish us without bread, and in fact has provided a means of nourishing us without bread, as Matthew 4:4 says: Man is not nourished by bread alone, but by the Word of God, though it has pleased God by means of bread and together with bread brought to us from without, to nourish us with the Word inwardly." Martin Luther, Career of the Reformer III, Bondage of the Will, 33:154-55

"Doctrine and life must be distinguished....I don't scold myself into becoming good, but I fight over the Word and whether our adversaries teach it in its purity. That doctrine should be attacked - this has never before happened. This is my calling. Others have censured only life, but to treat doctrine is to strike at the most sensitive point,...
When the Word remains pure, then the life (even if there is something lacking in it) can be molded properly. Everything depends on the Word, and the pope has abolished the Word and created another one. With this I have won, and I have won nothing else than that I teach aright...." Martin Luther, Table Talk 54:110 (#624)

Throughout the course of history great men and women of God have spoken of their loyalty to the Gospel presented in Holy Scripture. They have relayed the battle for the truth regarding the Lord Jesus Christ in which they have found themselves. Below is a collection of a few such statements regarding what they thought of the fullness, completeness and sufficiency of the Word of God.

"Compare Scripture with Scripture. False doctrines, like false witnesses, agree not among themselves. Their name may be Legion, for they are many; but truth is one, and one Scripture sweetly harmonizes with another. Hence it is, though they were many penmen of sacred writ, and those of several ages one after another, yet they all are said to have but one mouth: 'As he spoke by the mouth of his holy prophets, which have been since the world began.' Luke 1:70 All had one mouth, because they accord so perfectly together. The best way therefore to know the mind of God in one text, is to lay it to another. The lapidary uses one diamond to cut another; so should we use one place of Scripture to interpret another. Scriptures compared, like glasses set one against another, cast a light each to the other." William Gurnall - The Christian in Complete Armor, Volume 3, Chapter 24, Section 5

"Highly prize the Scriptures - 'The law of thy mouth is better to me than thousands of gold and silver.' (Psalm 119:72) Can he make a proficiency in any art, who doth slight and deprecate it? Prize this book of God above all other books. St. Gregory calls the Bible 'the heart and soul of God.' ... The Scripture is the library of the Holy Ghost; it is a pandect of divine knowledge, an exact model and platform of religion. ... 'The Scripture is the standard of truth,' the judge of controversies; it is the pole-star to direct us to heaven (Isaiah 8:20). .... The Scripture is the compass by which the rudder of our will is to be steered; it is the field in which Christ, the Pearl of price, is hid; it is a rock of diamonds, it is sacred 'eye-salve;' it mends their eyes that look upon it; it is a spiritual optic-glass in which the glory of God is resplendent; it is the panacea or 'universal medicine' for the soul. ... The Scripture is both the breeder and feeder of grace. How is the convert born, but by 'the word of truth'? James 1:18. How doth he grow, but by 'the sincere milk of the word'? 1 Peter 2:2. ... it is the sea-mark which shows us the rocks of sin to avoid; it is the antidote against error and apostasy, the two-edged sword which wounds the old serpent. It is our bulwark to withstand the force of lust; ... The Scripture is the 'tower of David,' whereon the shields of our faith hang: ... 'Take away the Word, and you deprive us of the sun,' said Luther. The word written is above an angelic embassy, or voice from heaven. 'This voice which came from heaven we heard.' We have also, 'a more sure word': 2 Peter 1:18,19. O prize the word written; prizing is the way to profiting. ... 'I have esteemed the words of his mouth more than my necessary food': Job 23:12."Thomas Watson, The Morning Exercises

"Some say that faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it. Some are wanting some miraculous kind of feeling. That is not faith. 'Faith cometh by hearing and hearing by the Word of God' (Rom 10:17). That is whence faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to take God at His Word."D. L. Moody, The Way to God and How to Find It, Chapter 3

"In an age of relativity, the practice of truth when it is costly is the only way to cause the world to take seriously our protestations concerning truth. Cooperation and unity that do not lead to purity of life and purity of doctrine are just as faulty and incomplete as an orthodoxy which does not lead to a concern for, and a reaching out towards, those who are lost....All too often the only antithesis we have exhibited to the world and to our own children has been our talking about holiness or our talking about love, rather than the practice of holiness and love together as truth, in antithesis to what is false in theology, in the Church, and the surrounding culture."Francis Schaeffer, The God Who Is There, closing thoughts.

Throughout the course of history great men and women of God have spoken of their loyalty to the Gospel presented in Holy Scripture. They have relayed the battle for the truth regarding the Lord Jesus Christ in which they have found themselves. Below is a collection of a few such statements.
"If thou lift up thy tool upon it, thou hast polluted it." - Exodus 20:25

God's altar was to be built of unhewn stones, that no trace of human skill or labour might be seen upon it. Human wisdom delights to trim and arrange the doctrines of the cross into a system more artificial and more congenial with the depraved tastes of fallen nature; instead, however, of improving the gospel carnal wisdom pollutes it, until it becomes another gospel, and not the truth of God at all. All alterations and amendments of the Lord's own Word are defilements and pollutions. The proud heart of man is very anxious to have a hand in the justification of the soul before God; preparations for Christ are dreamed of, humblings and repentings are trusted in, good works are cried up, natural ability is much vaunted, and by all means the attempt is made to lift up human tools upon the divine altar. It were well if sinners would remember that so far from perfecting the Saviour's work, their carnal confidences only pollute and dishonour it. The Lord alone must be exalted in the work of atonement, and not a single mark of man's chisel or hammer will be endured. There is an inherent blasphemy in seeking to add to what Christ Jesus in His dying moments declared to be finished, or to improve that in which the Lord Jehovah finds perfect satisfaction. Trembling sinner, away with thy tools, and fall upon thy knees in humble supplication; and accept the Lord Jesus to be the altar of thine atonement, and rest in him alone.

Many professors may take warning from this morning's text as to the doctrines which they believe. There is among Christians far too much inclination to square and reconcile the truths of revelation; this is a form of irreverence and unbelief, let us strive against it, and receive truth as we find it; rejoicing that the doctrines of the Word are unhewn stones, and so are all the more fit to build an altar for the Lord.Charles H Spurgeon: Morning and Evening, 14 July, Morning

"The preaching of Christ is the whip that flogs the devil. The preaching of Christ is the thunderbolt, the sound of which makes all hell shake."Charles H Spurgeon: Praise Your God, O Zion! Sermon # 678

I fear that the cross, without ever being disowned, is constantly in danger of being dismissed from the central place it must enjoy, by relatively peripheral insights that take on far too much weight. Whenever the periphery is in danger of displacing the center, we are not far removed for idolatry.D.A. Carson The Cross and Christian Ministry: An Exposition of Passages from 1 Corinthians, Baker, 1993, p. 38.

No man understands the Scriptures, unless he be acquainted with the cross.Martin Luther

Some Christians misunderstand God's plan for His kingdom. They want to establish it their own way rather than waiting for God to do it His way. God's way of establishing the kingdom is primarily through the preaching of the cross. But that does not seem very effective to most people. They would prefer to use force, which is the kind of thinking that leads to bloody crusades. Or they would rather entertain people into the kingdom, which is the kind of thinking that leads to man-centered worship.Philip Graham Ryken When You Pray, Crossway Books, 2000, p. 82.

By His death on the Cross, Christ has become the Lamb that was slain for us, our Redeemer, the One who has made peace between us and God, who has taken our guilt on Himself, who has conquered our most deadly enemy and has assuaged the well-deserved wrath of God.Mark Dever Nine Marks of a Healthy Church, Crossway, 2000, p. 75.

Here is why all the central truths of the gospel focus on the cross: It reveals how heinous our sin is. It shows the intensity of God's wrath against sin. It reveals the great love of God in paying such a high price for redemption. But it also serves as a fitting metaphor for the cost of following Christ. Jesus himself spoke repeatedly of the cross in those terms.John MacArthur Successful Christian Parenting, 1998, p. 62.

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.D.A. Carson The Difficult Doctrine of the Love of God, Crossway, 2000, p. 70.

To be a follower of the Crucified Christ means, sooner or later, a personal encounter with the cross. And the cross always entails loss.Elisabeth Elliot

How does Christ's death on the Cross demonstrate God's wisdom? In this way: Through the Cross, our sin is judged, yet sinful men and women are forgiven precisely because God has judged that sin in Jesus Christ instead of in us. God has done what seemed morally impossible in a way that demonstrates rather than denies His holiness and justice. That is why the Cross is the "trysting place, where Heaven's love and Heaven's justice meet." The Cross is the expression of God's loving genius.Sinclair Ferguson A Heart for God, 1987, p. 74-75, by permission Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA.

When Paul preached "the cross" he preached a message which explained that this instrument of rejection had been used by God as His instrument of reconciliation. Man's means of bringing death to Jesus was God's means to bring life to the world. Man's symbol of rejecting Christ was God's symbol of forgiveness for man. This is why Paul boasted about the cross!Sinclair B. Ferguson Grow in Grace, by permission of Banner of Truth, Carlisle, PA. 1989, p. 55.

The secret of a believer's holy walk is his continual recurrence to the blood of the Surety, and his daily [communion] with a crucified and risen Lord. All divine life, and all precious fruits of it, pardon, peace, and holiness, spring from the cross. All fancied sanctification which does not arise wholly from the blood of the cross is nothing better than Pharisaism. If we would be holy, we must get to the cross, and dwell there; else, notwithstanding all our labor, diligence, fasting, praying and good works, we shall be yet void of real sanctification, destitute of those humble, gracious tempers which accompany a clear view of the cross.Horatius Bonar God's Way of Holiness

If I see aright, the cross of popular evangelicalism is not the cross of the New Testament. It is, rather, a new bright ornament upon the bosom of a self-assured and carnal Christianity. The old cross slew men, the new cross entertains them. The old cross condemned; the new cross amuses. The old cross destroyed confidence in the flesh; the new cross encourages it.A.W. Tozer

The man with a cross no longer controls his destiny; he lost control when he picked up his cross. That cross immediately became to him an all-absorbing interest, an overwhelming interference. No matter what he may desire to do, there is but one thing he can do; that is, move on toward the place of crucifixion.A.W. Tozer

Come, and see the victories of the cross. Christ's wounds are thy healings, His agonies thy repose, His conflicts thy conquests, His groans thy songs, His pains thine ease, His shame thy glory, His death thy life, His sufferings thy salvation.Matthew Henry

Take away the cross of Christ, and the Bible is a dark book.J.C. Ryle The Cross: A Call to the Fundamentals of Religion

All Christ's sufferings on the cross were foreordained. They did not come on Him by chance or accident: they were all planned, counseled, and determined from all eternity. The cross was foreseen in all the provisions of the everlasting Trinity, for the salvation of sinners. In the purposes of God the cross was set up from everlasting. Not one throb of pain did Jesus feel, not one precious drop of blood did Jesus shed, which had not been appointed long ago. Infinite wisdom planned that redemption should be by the cross. Infinite wisdom brought Jesus to the cross in due time. He was crucified by the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God.J.C. Ryle The Cross: A Call to the Fundamentals of Religion.

If Christ had not gone to the cross and suffered in our stead, the just for the unjust, there would not have been a spark of hope for us. There would have been a mighty gulf between ourselves and God, which no man ever could have passed.J.C. Ryle The Cross: A Call to the Fundamentals of Religion.

Jesus did not die to increase our self-esteem. Rather, Jesus died to bring glory to the Father by redeeming people from the curse of sin. Of course, the cross has many benefits, one being that we are no longer cast out of the presence of God and we have intimacy with the Holy One. But the cross deals with our sin problem, our spiritual need.Edward T. Welch When People are Big and God is Small, P&R Publishing, 1997, p. 146-147. Used by Permission.

We took our sins and drove them like nails through his hands and feet. We lifted him high up on the cross of our transgressions, and then we pierced his heart through with the spear of our unbelief.C.H. Spurgeon

Throughout the course of history great men and women of God have spoken of their loyalty to the Gospel presented in Holy Scripture. They have relayed the battle for the truth regarding the future. Below is a collection of a few such statements.

"Only a love for the truth and a willingness to do what the Word of God says will preserve us from the apostasy that Scripture tells us will overtake the world." T.A. McMahon "Refashioning God" 08-20-2009

"St. John makes the denial of the incarnation of the Son of God the criterion of Antichrist, and consequently the belief in this truth the test of Christianity." The Person of Christ: The Perfection of His Humanity Viewed as a Proof of His Divinity by Philip Schaff, p.5. www.forgottenbooks.org

The apostolic church thought more about the Second Coming of Jesus Christ than about death and heaven. The early Christians were looking, not for a cleft in the ground called a grave but for a cleavage in the sky called Glory. Alexander Maclaren, quoted in Draper's Book of Quotations for the Christian World (Wheaton: Tyndale House Publishers, 1992)

More than a fourth of the Bible is predictive prophecy. Approximately one-third of it has yet to be fulfilled. Both the Old and New Testaments are full of promises about the return of Jesus Christ. Over 1,800 references appear in the Old Testament, and seventeen Old Testament books give prominence to this theme. Of the 260 chapters in the New Testament, there are more than 300 references to the Lord's return – one out of every thirty verses. Twenty-three of the twenty-seven New Testament books refer to this great event. Three of the four other books are single-chapter letters written to individuals concerning a particular subject, and the fourth is Galatians, which does imply Christ's coming again. For every prophecy on the first coming of Christ, there are eight on Christ's second coming.George Sweeting Who Said That? Moody Press, 1995, p. 391.

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