Christian Faith Is Not Just Mental Agreement

Once for all we must be on our guard against the sin of supposing that what God desires of any of us is the mere intellectual acceptance of any statement with regard to Him. Christian belief is only to a limited extent a thing of the head. Yes; let even the pledged servants of Jesus Christ beware of the awful snare of setting mere correctness of theological opinion above personal holiness.

John A. Hutton, The Authority and Person of Our Lord

This Is Most Certainly True

I believe that Jesus Christ, true God, begotten of the Father from eternity, and also true man, born of the Virgin Mary, is my Lord, who has redeemed me, a lost and condemned creature, purchased and delivered me from all sins, from death, and from the power of the devil, not with gold or silver, but with His holy, precious blood and with His innocent suffering and death, in order that I may be wholly His own, and live under Him in His kingdom, and serve Him in everlasting righteousness, innocence, and blessedness, even as He is risen from the dead, lives and reigns to all eternity. This is most certainly true.

Martin Luther (1483-1546)

When the Church Does Not Evangelize

Evangelism is the primary work of the Church, and when the Church does not evangelize, it becomes doctrinally cold, or, self-satisfied with its past achievements, will not produce fruit, and will shrivel in size. Evangelism will save a church from inroads of modernism — the two never exist together. True evangelism requires absolute confidence in the full gospel of the New Testament, and the deep conviction the only Christ can save men.

Wilbur M. Smith, Peloubet’ Select Notes on the International Bible Lessons for Christian Teaching: 1958 (Boston: W. A. Wilde Co., 1957), 90.