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May 27, 2008

Quotes: Tozer & Chafer

"Every pastor knows...the plain people who have nothing to recommend them but their deep devotion to their Lord and the fruit of the Spirit which they all unconsciously display. These are the first to come forward when there is work to be done and the last to go home when there is prayer to be made.... When they die they leave behind them a fragrance of Christ that lingers long after the cheap celebrities of the day are forgotten. We extend this tribute to Christian brothers and sisters in spite of the fact that in our world there is not supposed to be anything dramatic in faithfulness or newsworthy in goodness!"
- A. W. Tozer in Renewed Day by Day, May 25

"For those who attempt to explain the truth of God to others, there is need of a constant consideration of the measureless responsibility which accompanies any presentation of the gospel. No amount of attention or painstaking study will be too great for the adequate preparation of a gospel messenger. In the light of eternal issues it would be better that tongue should be stilled in death rather than to voice misstatements concerning the way of salvation through Christ...It is deplorable that Christian sentiment is not aroused to greater appreciation of the responsibility which is assumed by those who dare to preach, or to direct the steps of the lost. Good intentions and zeal cannot be substituted for the accurate knowledge of the exact facts which enter into the divine way of salvation by grace alone. The commission is given to every Christian and with it both the appeal for painstaking study, and the warning as to the terrible consequences for the misstatement of the gospel.
- Lewis Sperry Chafer, "GRACE - An Exposition of God's Marvelous Gifts", pp 257-259, copyright 1922

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