Together for the Gospel 2012

Andrea and I had a truly wonderful time in Louisville this last week together… for the gospel. The sessions were just what we needed and the time with friends was sweet. Here are just a few quotes that were shared that were too long to tweet:

Almighty God, just because He is almighty, needs no support. The picture of a nervous, ingratiating God fawning over men to win their favor is not a pleasant one; yet if we look at the popular conception of God that is precisely what we see. Twentieth century Christianity has put God on charity. So lofty is our opinion of ourselves that we find it quite easy, not to say enjoyable, to believe that we are necessary to God. But the truth is that God is not greater for our being, nor would He be less if we did not exist. That we do exist is altogether of God’s free determination, not by our desert nor by divine necessity.

Probably the hardest thought of all for our natural egotism to entertain is that God does not need our help. We commonly represent Him as a busy, eager, somewhat frustrated Father hurrying about seeking help to carry out His benevolent plan to bring peace and salvation to the world… The God who worketh all things surely needs no help and no helpers.

Too many missionary appeals are based upon this fancied frustration of Almighty God. An effective speaker can easily excite pity in his listeners, not only for the heathen but for the God who has tried so hard and so long to save them and has failed for want of support. I fear that thousands of younger persons enter Christian service from no higher motive than to help deliver God from the embarrassing situation His love has gotten Him into and His limited abilities seem unable to get Him out of. Add to this a certain degree of commendable idealism and a fair amount of compassion for the underprivileged and you have the true drive behind much Christian activity today.

A.W. Tozer, Knowledge of the Holy, ch. 6. quoted in David Platt’s talk.

There were some other great extended quotes, but I can’t find them right now. One was from C.J. Mahaney’s talk where he quoted extensively from Spurgeon’s “The Minister’s Fainting Fits” in Lectures To My Students. The other was from Charles Hodge on regeneration in Kevin DeYoung’s talk.

You can listen to all the sessions for free at www.t4g.org!

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