“In the Book of Acts faith was for each believer a beginning, not an end; it was a journey, not a bed in which to lie while waiting for the day of our Lord’s triumph. Believing was not a once-done act; it was more than an act, it was an attitude of heart and mind which inspired and enabled the believer to take up his cross and follow the Lamb whithersoever He went.” [Born After Midnight, 16]
“Faith never means gullibility. The man who believes everything is as far from God as the man who refuses to believe anything.” [The Root of the Righteous, 120]
“Faith is not a once-done act, but a continuous gaze of the heart at the Triune God. Believing, then, is directing the hearts’ attention to Jesus. It is lifting the mind to ‘behold the Lamb of God,’ and never ceasing that beholding for the rest of our lives.”
[The Pursuit of God, 90]
Faith as Paul saw it, was a living flaming thing leading to surrender and obedience to the commandments of Christ. Faith in our day often means no more than a meek assent to a doctrine. [Paths to Power, 56-57]
Faith and Obedience
In the New Testament there is no contradiction between faith and obedience. Between faith and law-works, yes; between law and grace, yes; but between faith and obedience, not at all. The Bible recognizes no faith that does not lead to obedience, nor does it recognize any obedience that does not spring from faith.
[Paths to Power, 24]
The only fear I have is to fear to get out of the will of God. Outside of the will of God, there’s nothing I want, and in the will of God there’s nothing I fear, for God has sworn to keep me in His will. If I’m out of his will that’s another matter. But if I’m in His will, He’s sworn to keep me.”
[Success and the Christian, 80]
Fear of God
The greatness of God rouses fear within us, but His goodness encourages us not to be afraid of Him. To fear and not be afraid–that is the paradox of faith.
[The Knowledge of the Holy, 84]
“The notion that the careless sinner is the smart fellow and the serious-minded Christian, though well-intentioned, is a stupid dolt altogether out of touch with life will not stand up under scrutiny. Sin is basically an act of moral folly, and the greater the folly the greater the fool.”
[Man The Dwelling Place of God, 48]
“The idea that God will pardon a rebel who has not given up his rebellion is contrary both to the Scriptures and to common sense.”
The Root of the Righteous, 43.
“We must face today as children of tomorrow. We must meet the uncertainties of this world with the certainty of the world to come.”
— Of God and Men, 132-133 —