When the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it. Â It is then that the world is made to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first. Â
D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones
Here is the great evangelical disaster–the failure of the evangelical world to stand for truth as truth. There is only one word for this–namely,Â accommodation: the evangelical church has accommodated to the world spirit of the age. Â
The world is waiting to hear an authentic voice, a voice from God–
not an echo of what others are doing and saying, but an authentic voice.
A. W. Tozer
Most middle-class Americans tend to worship their work, to work at their play, and to play at their worship. Â As a result, their meanings and values are distorted. Â Their relationships disintegrate faster than they can keep them in repair, and their lifestyles resemble a cast of characters in search of a plot.
You cannot pick and choose from the Bible what you want to believe is inspired. Â The Bible does not present itself that way. Â Even more, the Bible will have no sustaining power for life if you make yourself the arbiter of what you will and will not believe about it.
Kent Hughes and Bryan Chapell
All quotes taken from Church Swindoll’s book, The Church Awakening: An Urgent Call for Renewal