Saturday, May 24, 2008

Quotable Quote

"I recently heard an older minister comment that he wasn't sure from his experience if it was true that the heavenly-minded are of less earthly value, but he has learned unfailing that those who are earthly-minded are never of any heavenly good at all."

"The first work of the church is always to teach about God and His great saving deeds. This must take precedence over every competing value, including the church's mandate to service and good deeds."

- Richard D. Phillips, Turning Back the Darkness: The Biblical Pattern of Reformation, (Crossway Books, Wheaton, Il, USA, 2002), p. 49

4 comments:

Sicarii said...

Good quote. I think there's a general awakening in the church to the fact that humanistic efforts are not the solution to man's woes and the problems we have in the world today.

It's THE GOSPEL!

PuritanReformed said...

Isaiah:

I most certainly hope so.

Tartanarmy said...

I think the earthly/heavenly minded quote originated with Plato or Aristotle, who were presuposing the Demiurge...Anyway, it is certainly true that being earthly minded is the scurge of modern religious thought on almost every level.

I am not so hopeful of this changing any time soon.

Mark

PuritanReformed said...

Mark:

unfortunately, I think the same. Too pessimistic =)