Favorite Quotes

Here are quotes from preachers, authors, songwriters and others that I really like.  I will add to this list continually.

What I believe about God is the most important thing about me.  (A.W. Tozer)

I submit to you that if a man hasn’t discovered something he will die for, he isn’t fit to live.  (Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.)

Stars existed before astronomy; man in his ignorance conceives astrology.  Flowers existed before botany; man in his ignorance resorts to pantheism.  Life existed before biology; man in his ignorance falls to evolution.  God existed before theology; man in his ignorance falls to idolatry.  (Kevin J. Conner)

Going to church doesn’t make you a Christian any more than going to a garage makes you an automobile.  (Billy Sunday)

It is a poor sermon that gives no offense; that neither makes the hearer displeased with himself nor with the preacher.  (George Whitefield)

Why should any man have power over any other man’s faith, seeing Christ Himself is the author of it?  (George Fox)

If we think of the Holy Spirit only as an impersonal power or influence, then our thought will constantly be, how can I get hold of and use the Holy Spirit; but if we think of Him in the biblical way as a divine Person, infinitely wise, infinitely holy, infinitely tender, then our thought will constantly be, “How can the Holy Spirit get hold of and use me? (R.A. Torrey)

Give me five minutes with a person’s checkbook, and I will tell you where their heart is.  (Billy Graham)

Money is neither good nor bad.  It simply amplifies what is in the heart of the one who controls it.  (John Avanzini)

Any true revival can be proven by the fact that it changed the moral climate of an area or nation.  (Leonard Ravenhill)

There can be no higher enjoyment found in this world that is found in pulling souls out of the fire and bringing them to Christ.  (Charles Finney)

The eternal Son of God became the sinless son of Man that the sinful sons of men might become the beloved sons of God.  (Robert Clarke)

If you would move me with your preaching, or with your praying, or with your singing, first be moved yourself.  (Alexander Whyte)

The gospel creates the church, which spreads the gospel, which creates more churches, which in turn spread the gospel further ad infinitum.  (John R.W. Stott)

In nearly all cases, if the people complain of the length of our sermons it is because we fail to interest them personally in what we have to say.  (Charles Finney)

The world will never believe in a religion in which there is no power.  A rationalized faith, a socialized church, and a moralised gospel may gain applause but they awaken no conviction and win no converts.  (Samuel Chadwick)

If America is ever going to be saved, it will be through a church flowing both in the message of the cross and the miracle of the resurrection.  (Rod Parsley)

Anything alive must have an appetite. Anything alive must have discharge. Anything alive must have growth. Anything alive must have reproduction. (C.M. Ward)

Sympathy is no substitute for action. (David Livingstone)

Eternal vigilance is the price of freedom. (Thomas Payne)


  • Pantheism makes nature god and misses the God of nature.
  • Materialistic Pantheism makes matter eternal and misses the God who made matter.
  • Hylozoism makes a principle of life god and misses the God who is the source of life.
  • Neutralism makes some neutral substance god and misses God, the Creator of all substance.
  • Idealism makes the mind god and misses the God who is a real person having a perfect mind.
  • Philosophical Mysticism makes man himself god and misses the God who made all men.
  • Pantheism makes all god and misses the God of all.
  • Polytheism makes many gods and misses the one true God.
  • Dualism makes good and evil two equal gods in conflict and fails to discover a good God who will judge all evil.
  • Deism presents an absentee god, a god who has nothing to do with anything he created and misses the omnipresent and omnipotent God.
  • The Atheist says there is no god and thus sets himself up as God.
  • The Agnostic says he cannot know whether God exists, and this makes willful ignorance his god.
  • (Kevin J. Conner)

Human traditions drain God’s Word of its power and thus prevent men from hearing it and being saved.  Dead religiosity and human traditions become a substitute for the Gospel, enslaving men instead of emancipating them.  (Ulf Ekman)

I was born to fight devils and factions.  It is my business to remove obstacles, to cut down thorns, to fill up quagmires and to open and make straight paths.  If I must have some failing let me rather speak the truth with too great sincerity than once to act the hypocrite and conceal the truth.  (Martin Luther)

Human history gives lengthy endorsement to the fact that no generation can rise above its level of leadership.  Nations rise and fall according to the effectiveness of their governments.  These truths are also applied to business, organizations, churches, families and individuals.  It’s a fact that when leadership fails, followers are hurt, scattered and become easy prey for predators.  And when leaders are destroyed, lawlessness prevails.  It is imperative therefore than men and women, young and old, dare to respond to the Call of God and choose to become strong and reliable Christian leaders of integrity.  The miracle of godly leadership is possible because God Himself promised to inject His presence, character, wisdom and ability upon surrendered followers who will be subject to His guidance.  The task is not always easy for His ways are higher than ours.  The path of righteousness is endowed with both trials and blessings.  God have His best… and He expects your best in return.  Are you willing to do whatever is necessary to maximize your leadership potential for His glory?”  (Frank Damazio)

I preached as never sure to preach again, and as a dying man to dying men. (Richard Baxter)

The world will never believe in a religion in which there is no power. A rationalized faith, a socialized church, and a moralized gospel may gain applause, but they awaken no conviction and win no converts. (Samuel Chadwick)

A man can no more diminish God’s glory by refusing to worship Him than a lunatic can put out the sun by scribbling the word, ‘darkness’ on the walls of his cell. (C.S. Lewis)

The world asks, “What does a man own?” Christ asks, “How does he use it?” (Andrew Murray)

If everyone in the United States was at the same level of spirituality as I am, would there be revival in the land? (John Mason)

If I were the devil, what area would I attack me in?  Where would I attack me?  When would I attack me? (Les Bowling)

Faith, Hope & Love.  Faith is directed towards God, love towards others (both within the Christian fellowship and beyond it) and hope towards the future, in particular, the glorious coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Similarly, faith rests of the past; love works in the present; hope looks to the future.  Every Christian without exception is a believer, a lover and a hoper.  Faith, hope and love are three sure evidences of regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (John R.W. Stott)

‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear Him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters and servants and masters not to come there. Then look Christ in the face — whose mercy you have professed to obey — and tell Him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish His mercy to the world. (William Booth)

The world is in great need of young Christians. Never was there a time when there was so much for them to do, and never were there so many avenues of usefulness open to them. Never were their abilities so fully recognized and valued, and never was so much done to impress upon them the beauty and helpfulness of the Christian life. It is the young people’s era, and they are blessing the world by making such full use of the opportunities which God has given them. He has a work for you to do. He is pleading for admission to the hearts of the boys and girls, and if you will bid Him come and reign therein, Heaven will seem nearer and nearer with the advancing years, instead of farther off.  (J. R. Miller)

The church did not produce the Word of God. The Word of God produced the church. The Word of God is not subject to the authority of the fallible church, but the church is subject to the infallible authority of the Word of God.

The Gospel of John opens with Jesus Christ in the bosom of God, and closes with the sinner in the bosom of Jesus Christ. (D.L. Moody)

A congregation that is not deeply and earnestly involved in the worldwide proclamation of the gospel does not understand the nature of salvation.  (Ted Engstrom, World Vision)

We are debtors to every man to give him the gospel in the same measure in which we have received it (P.F. Bresee, founder of the Church of the Nazarene)

If a commission by an earthly king is considered a honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice? (David Livingstone)

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms… Confusion here is fatal. (J.I. Packer)

The death of Christ on the cross was not that of a martyr for a good cause. It was predicted seven centuries earlier (Isa. 53) and was part of the divine plan for salvation. Christ’s death and its supernatural dimensions stand attested by his resurrection from the dead, a historic fact that is the foundation of the Christian faith. History is therefore not a meaningless, endless cycle of events but is poised for its climax in the coming of Christ. (L.T. Jeyachandran)

Worship is when we give God His breath back. (Louie Giglio)



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