“Simul Iustus Et Peccator” (At the same time justified and a sinner)

—Martin Luther

“The day we find the perfect church, it becomes imperfect the moment we join it.”

—Charles Haddon Spurgeon

"I can forgive a man for a bad sermon, I can forgive the preacher almost anything if he gives me a sense of God, if he gives me something for my soul, if he gives me the sense that, though he is inadequate himself, he is handling something which is very great and very glorious, if he gives me some dim glimpse of the majesty and the glory of God, the love of Christ my Savior, and the magnificence of the Gospel. If he does that I am his debtor, and I am profoundly grateful to him.”

— Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Preaching and Preachers
“Here is found the most fundamental difference between liberalism and Christianity–liberalism is altogether in the imperative mood, while Christianity begins with a triumphant indicative; liberalism appeals to man’s will, while Christianity announces, first, a gracious act of God.”

—J. Gresham Machen, Christianity and Liberalism

“It is significant that we are described as being slightly lower than the angels rather than being slightly higher than the beasts. Our place and privilege is to be a mediating figure, but to be one who looks up rather than down. When we sever the tie that binds us to God and try to cast off God’s rule, we do not rise up to take God’s place, as we desire to do, but rather sink to a more bestial level. In fact, we come to think of ourselves as beasts—“the naked ape”—or, even worse, as machines.”

—James Montgomery Boice, Foundations of the Christian Faith, Book 1