Quotes (656)

Error is like leaven of which we read, a little leaven leaveneth the whole lump. Truth mixed with error is equivalent to all error, except that it is more innocent looking and, therefore, more dangerous. God hates such a mixture! Any error, or any truth-and-error mixture, calls for definite exposure and repudiation. To condone such is to be unfaithful to God and His Word and treacherous to imperiled souls for whom Christ died.

– Harry Ironside

1876 – 1951

7 thoughts on “Quotes (656)

  1. Good quote.

    But what can be done about the error that is so prevalent in the churches today?

    Ignore it? Humour the leadership? Leave the church, just to wind up in another church that is the same, or have no God-fearing church to go to?

    Help Lord, the godly man ceases, Psalm 12v1.


  2. This is the issue I faced in my previous church. Each Christian must evaluate in light of Scripture the errors he perceives in his church and determine which are worth attention. In my case, I determined that many things together painted a picture of being man-centered rather than God-centered, Arminian and dispensationalist, pragmatic and seeker sensitive.

    After much prayer, consultation with godly men (and my wife), and a few meetings with the elders – we left.

    And we have much joy in the church we now belong to! Christ is exalted, the Scriptures are sufficient for instruction, and people are confronted with the holiness of God and sinfulness of man each Sunday.


  3. This is the issue we face even among people who call themselves “Christians” who are NOT part of the leadership. They say they want to be discipled and yet, when it comes down to truth, they turn away because their “experience” or their “ideas” or their “feelings” are more important than truth. This is a sad commentary on Christianity today!


  4. There’s too much at stake to sit on the sidelines. Millions are being led astray by the clever mixture of truth with error. Error must be exposed by the light of God’s truth. Let us be diligent, to the best of the ability God has given us, to shine His light in the darkness.


  5. Jesus had twice fed large groups of people by miraculously multiplying a few fish and loaves of bread. After proving beyond a shadow of a doubt that those who followed Him by faith would have their physical needs met according to His will, the Savior was experiencing grief upon being confronted by persistent disbelief. “And he sighed deeply in his spirit, and saith, Why doth this generation seek after a sign? verily I say unto you, There shall no sign be given unto this generation.” (Mark 8:12) The skepticism which caused Him to sigh was par for the course for the Pharisees, but Jesus’s concern was that their attitude would infect His disciples. “And he left them, and entering into the ship again departed to the other side. Now the disciples had forgotten to take bread, neither had they in the ship with them more than one loaf. And he charged them, saying, Take heed, beware of the leaven of the Pharisees, and of the leaven of Herod.” (Mark 8:13-15)

    Leaven is a substance which is small and unseen, but which will quickly permeate an entire loaf of bread. Here, Jesus compares it to the false doctrines of the Pharisees and the followers of Herod. But the disciples, who were foolishly worried because somebody had forgotten to bring bread aboard the ship, thought the Lord was making an underhanded comment about their failure to pack food. “And they reasoned among themselves, saying, It is because we have no bread.” (Mark 8:16)

    I am not sure I want to describe Jesus’s attitude as that of “frustration” here, because that, in one sense, implies a discouraged surrender to circumstances. When we, as fallen creatures, experience “frustration” because of the failure of others to live up to our expectations, we almost always, if not, in fact, always, commit the sin of unrighteous anger. Jesus never sinned. However, we can surely see His holy grief in His response: “And when Jesus knew it, he saith unto them, Why reason ye, because ye have no bread? perceive ye not yet, neither understand? have ye your heart yet hardened? Having eyes, see ye not? and having ears, hear ye not? and do ye not remember?” (Mark 8:17-18)

    How quickly we often forget the blessings the Lord has given us, and the miracles He has done in our midst, when we are faced with unexpected inconvenience or the possibility of bearing someone else’s blame! The warning of Christ was right on target, and we must heed it even today. If we are not careful, a little lack of faith will cause the dough of our life to rise into a big loaf of questioning God, and a burnt crusty mess of unbelief. We must beware of a little leavenly bout of heavenly doubt resulting in a satanic rout


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