Tuesday, February 28, 2012
"I think we should abolish this word decision. I do not like it....[people] do not always know why they do so."-D. M. Lloyd-Jones
"But thanks be to God, that you who were once slaves of sin have become obedient from the heart to the standard of teaching to which you were committed, and, having been set free from sin, have become slaves of righteousness."-Paul the Apostle, Romans 6:17-18
"Man is a wonderful creature, he is mind, he is heart and he is will. Now one of the greatest glories of the Gospel is this, that it takes up the whole man. ....It is because we fail to realize that, that many of our troubles arise. We are partial in our response to this great Gospel.
....The heart is always to be influenced through the understanding--the mind, then the heart, then the will. ...I have known evil-living men to find false comfort, to their own damnation, in the fact that they could still weep and be moved emotionally in a religious meeting. 'I cannot be all bad or else I would not respond like this', they have argued. But it is a false deduction--their emotional response was produced by themselves. Had it been a response to Truth their lives would have been changed. We must never approach the heart or the will directly. Truth is received through God's greatest gift to man, the mind, the understanding. .....But God forbid that anyone should think that it ends with the intellect. It starts there, but it goes on. It then moves the heart and finally the man yields his will. He obeys, not grudgingly or unwillingly, but with the whole heart. ....O may God make us balanced Christians, men and women ...obeying from the heart the form of doctrine which has be delivered unto us."-D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, "Spiritual Depression: Its Causes and Cure" 1965.