Quotes (774)

“If a teacher fascinates with his doctrine, his teaching never came from God. The teacher sent from God is the one who clears the way to Jesus and keeps it clear; souls forget altogether about him because the vision of Jesus is the only abiding result. When people are attracted to Jesus Christ through you, see always that you stay on God all the time, and their hearts and affections will never stop at you.

[What] has crippled many a church, many a Sunday School class and Bible class, is that the pastor or teacher has won people to himself, and the result when they leave is enervating sentimentality. The true man or woman of God never leaves that behind, every remembrance of them makes you want to serve God all the more.

So beware of stealing the hearts of the people of God in your mind. (2 Samuel 15:6) If once you get the thought, ‘It is my winsome way of putting it, my presentation of the truth that attracts’—the only name for that is the ugly name of thief, stealing the hearts of the sheep of God who do not know why they stop at you. Keep the mind stayed on God, and I defy anyone’s heart to stop at you, it will always go on to God. The peril comes when we forget that our duty is to present Jesus Christ and never get in the way in thought.”

Oswald Chambers
1874-1917

3 thoughts on “Quotes (774)

  1. The Book of Micah is a good place to study the difference between real leaders and fake leaders. “Politicians” are fake leaders – they think about the next election; “statesmen” are real leaders – they think about the next generation. In Micah’s day, the real priests were shepherds who protected their flock; the fake priests were wolves who devoured the flock. The fake prophets gave good news to people who bribed them and bad news to people who shunned them; the real prophets just gave the people the truth, and could not be bought.

  2. A message should challenge you to change, correct you, rebuke you, change you to thoughts of God. Should not be man centred.

    If the messenger supersedes the message, you remember him rather than what he said, then the message can be ignored. If the message tickles the ears, where is the fear of God?

  3. “[What] has crippled many a church, many a Sunday School class and Bible class, is that the pastor or teacher has won people to himself, and the result when they leave is enervating sentimentality. The true man or woman of God never leaves that behind, every remembrance of them makes you want to serve God all the more.”

    That quote ought to be plastered on all fours interior walls of every mega-church in the country. Every “senior pastor” needs to have this burned into his soul.

    It’s not only Rick Warren and Kerry Shook who need this counsel – John MacArthur and John Piper and Tony Evans and Jack Graham need it as well.

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