Pristine Grace

Churchianity
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The Dark Ages - Published on August 31, 2021
...    In 325, Emperor Constantine, for reasons of state craft and subtle policy, made Christianity the national religion, and thus struck the most fearful blow at the vitals of Christianity. The union of church and state is a fatal blow to true religion. The king's hand wherever it falls upon the church of Christ brings the king's evil with it. There never was a church whose spirituality survived it yet, and there never will be.     Christ's kingdom is not of thi...
Charles Spurgeon
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Our Forms of Worship - Published on August 31, 2021
...    If I have gone through the general routine of the worship of my church, and then think that I have done something acceptable to God, while yet my heart has not communed with him in humble repentance, or faith, or love, or joy, or consecration; I make a great mistake.     You may keep on with your religious performances for seventy years or more; you may not neglect a single rubric in the whole ritual; but it is all nothing unless the soul has fellowship with God. &n...
Charles Spurgeon
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Half the Diseases of Christianity - Published on August 31, 2021
..."These are the names of the twelve apostles . . . and Judas Iscariot, who betrayed Him." - Mat. 10:2-4     We are taught here, that all ministers are not necessarily saved men. We see our Lord choosing a Judas Iscariot to be one of His apostles. We cannot doubt that He who knew all hearts, knew well the characters of the men whom He chose. And He includes in the list of apostles one who was a traitor!     We shall do well to bear in mind this fact. &...
J.C. Ryle
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The Greatest Mischief - Published on August 31, 2021
...    The greatest mischief in the world at the present time, is an abundance of religious profession which is not genuine. Nothing has injured the cause of Christ more than the inconsistencies of his avowed friends....
Charles Spurgeon
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Drone, Bee, or Wasp? - Published on August 31, 2021
...    I want every member of this church to be a worker. We do not want any drones!     If there are any of you who want to eat and drink, and do no Christian work, there are plenty of places elsewhere where there are empty pews in abundance; go and fill them, for we do not want you here.     Every Christian is either a bee or a wasp. The most quarrelsome people (the wasps), are the most useless. Those who are the most happy and peaceable (the bees), are general...
Charles Spurgeon
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The Worst Enemies of the Church! - Published on August 31, 2021
...    The worst enemies of the Church are the hypocrites, the formalists, the mere professors, the inconsistent walkers.     It is shocking to think how persons dare to remain members of Christian churches, and even to enter the pulpit, when they are conscious that their private life is foul. Oh, how can they do it? How is it that their hearts have grown so hard? What! has the devil bewitched them? Has he turned them away from being men, and made them as devilish as himself,...
Charles Spurgeon
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A Heap of Ostentatious Service! - Published on August 31, 2021
...    There is a considerable tendency among Christian people, in serving Christ, to aim at making a fair show in the flesh.     Among professing Christians, there is a desire to build church buildings notable for their architecture and beauty. We must have no more barns! Our meeting houses must exhibit our improving taste! If possible, our chapels must be correctly Gothic or sternly classical in all their details, both without and within!     As to the service,...
Charles Spurgeon
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God's House? - Published on August 31, 2021
...    In the New Testament Scriptures, we find mention made in several places of "the house of the God." The New Testament never, in any one instance, means, by "the house of God," any material building. It has come to pass, through the traditions received from the fathers, that . . .    buildings erected by man,   collections of bricks and mortar,   piles of squared and cemented stones,  are often called "the house of God."&...
J.C. Philpot
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You Must Keep the Circus Going - Published on August 31, 2021
...Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; - 2 Timothy 4:2-3     Whatever means you use to get people into the church, is precisely what you must use to keep them.     If you get them with a 'religious circus' then you must keep ...
Ernest Reisinger
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Pride, Self-Conceit, and Self-Exaltation - Published on August 31, 2021
...    Pride, self-conceit, and self-exaltation, are both the chief temptations, and the main besetting sins, of those who occupy any public position in the church.     Therefore, where these sins are not mortified by the Spirit, and subdued by His grace; instead of being, as they should be, the humblest of men; they are, with rare exceptions, the proudest.     Did we bear in constant remembrance our slips, falls, and grievous backslidings; and had we, with all t...
J.C. Philpot
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A Coward's Castle - Published on August 31, 2021
...    A pastor has no right to turn the pulpit into a coward's castle, and from there attack those in the congregation, whom he is afraid to meet face to face privately.     It is cruelly unfair to attack an individual who cannot defend himself—to hold him up, as if on the horns of the pulpit, before the congregation, (who generally know pretty well who is meant), and to condemn him without hearing his side, with the pastor being the only judge and jury....
J.C. Philpot
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It is Better to Stay at Home - Published on August 31, 2021
..."Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.  For what do righteousness and wickedness have in common?  Or what fellowship can light have with darkness?  What harmony is there between Christ and the Devil?  What does a believer have in common with an unbeliever?  What agreement is there between the temple of God and idols?" - 2 Corinthians 6:14-16 This command is so plain, that it requires no interpreter....
Arthur W. Pink
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Market-Driven Christianity - Published on August 31, 2021
..."For do I now persuade men, or God? or do I seek to please men? for if I yet pleased men, I should not be the servant of Christ.." - Galatians 1:10     Religion in America is big business. Scads of money, powerful personalities, huge egos, and positions of prominence, influence, and recognition are at stake in the business of religion, just as they are in any other business. There was a time when the concern of churches and preachers in this country was the glory of...
Don Fortner
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The Star of the Show! - Published on August 31, 2021
...    Today's Christianity is man-centered, not God-centered. God is made to wait patiently, even respectfully, on the whims of men.     The image of God currently popular, is that of a distracted Father, struggling in heart-broken desperation to get people to accept a Savior of whom they feel no need, and in whom they have very little interest. To persuade these self-sufficient souls to respond to His generous offers, God will do almost anything, even using salesmanship...
A.W. Tozer
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Hypocrisy - Published on August 30, 2021
...    Let us observe how abominable hypocrisy is in the eyes of Christ. We are told that in the presence of all the people, Jesus said unto His disciples, "Beware of the teachers of the law! They like to walk around in flowing robes—and love to be greeted in the marketplaces and have the most important seats in the synagogues, and the places of honor at banquets. They devour widows' houses—and pretend to be pious by making long prayers in public." - Luke 20:46-4...
J.C. Ryle
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Make Believe Religion - Published on August 30, 2021
..."Having a form of godliness but denying its power." - 2 Timothy 3:5      We read in Scripture of the form and the power of godliness. When we look around us in the church, we see more of the form than we do of the power. There seems to be so many people who are merely playing religion. They attend services and go through the form of worship. They are sometimes very strongly devoted to their creed and greatly attached to the church of which they are members; but when...
Charles Naylor
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Home Worship - Published on August 29, 2021
...    New Testament believers did not think that religion was meant only for Sundays, and for what men now-a-days call 'the House of God'. Does God need such a house?     He who made the heavens and the earth, does he dwell in temples made with hands? What crass ignorance is this!     No house beneath the sky is more holy than the place where a Christian lives, and eats, and drinks, and sleeps, and praises the Lord in all that he does. There is no worshi...
Charles Spurgeon
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Playthings and Toys - Published on August 29, 2021
..."God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth." - John 4:24     If God were merely a material deity, I might bring Him fruits, and flowers, and music, and so on.     If He were a God of ritual, I might deck myself with crosses, burn candles to Him, and waft incense in His honor.     But our God is a Spirit who rejoices more in the falling tear, the upheaved sigh, the heart prayer and the heart praise rendere...
Thomas Spurgeon
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A Filthy Stinking Bag of Worms! - Published on August 29, 2021
...    I desire above all things that my name should be concealed, and that none be called by the name of Lutheran; but of Christian. What is Luther? My doctrine is not mine, but Christ's. I was not crucified for any. How comes it to pass, that I, who am but a filthy, stinking bag of worms; that any of the sons of God should be denominated from my name? Away with these schismatical names! Let us be denominated from Christ, from whom alone we have our doctrine....
Martin Luther
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Typical Christianity - Published on August 29, 2021
..."And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise." - John 2:16     Christianity to the average evangelical church member is simply an avenue to a good and pleasant time, with a little biblical devotional material thrown in for good measure!      I hope I do not live to see the day when God has to turn from men and women who have heard His holy truth and have played with it, fooled ...
A.W. Tozer
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