Hugh Binning (Practical Sermons), Works, p. 572:
“Let your light” (says Christ) “so shine before men.” What is the shining beauty of Christian light? It is the works of piety, charity, equity, and sobriety. These glorify the Father, and beautify all his children. You may easily conceive what that is, that chiefly commends religion to the ignorant world. Is it not the meekness of Christian wisdom? Is it not this harmless simplicity, that divine-like candour, that shines in every true Christian? Will rigidity, severity, passion, blood, violence, persecution, and such like, ever conciliate the hearts of men? Have such persons any beauty, any light in them, except a scorching consuming light? The light of a good Christian is like the light of the sun, of a sweet, gentle, and refreshing nature, conveying influence to all, doing good to the household of faith. Peter will tell you what that is, that will most engage the hearts of the world, to a reverend esteem of true religion, 1 Pet. 2:12. It is a conversation honest, and void of offence, giving to every one their own due, honouring all men, loving the brotherhood, not using our liberty for a cloak of maliciousness, and not overstretching it, to the loosing of other natural or civil bands. When men see Christianity making us do that really and cheerfully, which even nature itself teacheth all to do, that makes the light of it shining and beautiful.
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/these-glorify-the-father-and-beautify-all-his-children.90353/, Comment 1
The modern Christian seems to think that he is doing something wonderful when he behaves very much like the man of the world; he tries to argue that this is the way to win him. But he is not winning him! Our Lord could mix with publicans and sinners, but He was never mistaken for one of them; He was called the friend of publicans and sinners, but the contrast was there even in the criticism. And the point is that the true Christian, because of what has happened to him, because of this regeneration, because of the work of the Spirit, because he has been made anew, is of necessity a different man, and should show himself to be a different man.
~Lloyd-Jones, D. M. (1982). Darkness and Light: An Exposition of Ephesians 4:17–5:17 (pp. 86–87). Grand Rapids: Baker Book House.
Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/lifestyle-evangelism-isnt-evangelism.82339/, comment 30
“Once more, he who really has this high estimate of Jesus will think much of him, and as the thoughts are sure to run over at the mouth, he will talk much of him. Do we so? If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself; you will be whispering it into your child’s ear; you will be telling it to your husband; you will be earnestly imparting it to your friend; without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent; your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of his sweet love. Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about him.”
Source: https://puritanboard.com/threads/lifestyle-evangelism-isnt-evangelism.82339/, comment 8
Hugh Binning, Works, p. 559:
Truly it is a wonder that there should be any need either of an invitation, or a request, or a command, or a threatening; that we should need to be invited, or requested, or commanded, or threatened to our own happiness. Might not a bare and simple offer, or proposal of Jesus Christ, his nature, and offices, of the redemption and salvation purchased by him, suffice? What needed more, but to declare unto us that we are lost and utterly undone by nature, and that there is a refuge and remedy provided in Christ? Surely in any other thing of little importance, we needed no entreaty. Were it not a good enough invitation to a man that is like to starve for hunger, to cast meat freely before him; or to a man that is in hazard of drowning, to cast a cord to him? We would seek no other persuasion to go and dig for a treasure of gold, than to show us where it is hid. But strange is the rebellious and perverse disposition of man’s heart. What an enmity is in it to the ways of God! What strange inclination to self-murder, ever since man destroyed himself!
Source: https://www.puritanboard.com/threads/what-an-enmity-to-the-ways-of-god.90304/, Comment 1
Stand to Reason:
“Would you be willing to pray and sincerely ask God if the Book of Mormon is true?” I responded by saying, “No, I don’t think anyone should pray that prayer.” The reason I refused to pray it, and the reason I say everyone else should refuse, is that basing a belief on something so subjective is dangerous. In what follows, I will explain the inherent problems and dangers with this type of epistemology and demonstrate a biblical basis for testing religious truth claims.
Read more: https://www.str.org/blog/why-you-shouldnt-ask-god-if-book-mormon-true
An interesting admission by Jordan Peterson from his speech to the Trilateral Commission Meeting in 2018:
And the, the case for suffering, I think, is quite obvious, because one of the things that I point out to my listeners is that life has a tragic element and we all are perfectly aware of that, and then we’re subject to that as fragile and finite creatures, and that, that tragic element is amplified by the human proclivity for malevolence, psychological level and at a social level and that’s the reality that we find ourselves confronted with…
It’s interesting that on the one hand the world denies that there is such thing as original sin while on the other hand the world affirms that human beings are “bent” as C.S. Lewis would say. We have an innate “proclivity for malevolence” that cannot be overcome by more money or education or better living standards. That innate proclivity is in part what is meant by the doctrine of “original sin.” And since Christianity is the only religion that recognizes humanity’s innate “bent-ness,” Christianity is the only religion that can possibly be true. The sooner the world recognizes that, the sooner things can be put right again. May it be sooner rather than later for all of our sakes.
Dr. Michael Brown:
Many Christians read the Quran (or, at least select quotes from the Quran) with abhorrence. “The God of the Quran is bloodthirsty and cruel!” they exclaim. But many non-Christians read the Bible with the same abhorrence, coming to the same conclusions about the God of the Bible, especially the God of the Old Testament. Is there any justification to their conclusions?
Read more: https://barbwire.com/understanding-why-many-non-christians-hate-the-bible/