I am aware it is common to consider a backslider as being a good man, though in a bad state of mind; but the Scriptures do not confine the term to this application.
Andrew Fuller (1754-1815)
But, particularly, one great difference between saints and hypocrites is this, that the joy and comfort of the former is attended with godly sorrow and mourning for sin.
Godliness consists not in a heart which intends to do the will of God, but in a heart which does it.
Christian practice is a costly, laborious thing.
O, when will all professors, and especially all professed ministers of Christ, learn the difference between the law and the gospel?
Charles H. Spurgeon
No boldness in poor sinful worms of the dust, that have a right sight of God and themselves, will prompt them to approach to God with less fear and reverence than spotless and glorious angels in heaven, who cover their faces before his throne, Isa vi.
Christians are Christlike; none deserve the name of Christians, that are not so in their prevailing character.
That man is under great convictions whose conviction is great in proportion to his sin. But no man that is truly under great convictions thinks his conviction great in proportion to his sin. For if he does, it is a certain sign that he inwardly thinks his sins small. And if that be the case, it is a certain evidence that his conviction is small. And this, by the way, is the main reason that persons, when under a work of humiliation, are not sensible of it at the time of it.
An experienced servant of God has said, that, while popularity is a snare that few are not caught by, a more subtle and dangerous snare is to be famed for holiness. The fame of being a godly man is as great a snare as the fame of being learned or eloquent. It is possible to attend with scrupulous anxiety even to secret habits of devotion, in order to get a name for holiness.
There is a sort of men, who indeed abundantly cry down works, and cry up faith in opposition to works, and set themselves very much as evangelical persons in opposition to those that are of a legal spirit, and make a fair show of advancing Christ and the gospel and the way of free grace, who are indeed some some of the greatest enemies to the gospel way of free grace, and the most dangerous opposers of pure humble Christianity.
"Very many of the most important things declared in the gospel are hid from the eyes of natural men."
"We easily believe what we wish to believe."
I have often been struck with [the thought] that nothing was heard of the danger of spurious [false] conversions. For months together, the thought never seemed to be glanced at, that there was any such thing as a satanic influence in the form of religion. Such a character as an enthusiastic hypocrite, or a self-deceived person, seemed never to be dreamed of.
"It is by seeing the excellency of Christ's Person that the saints are made sensible of the preciousness of His blood, and its sufficiency to atone for sin; for therein consists the preciousness of Christ's blood, that it is the blood of so excellent and amiable a Person."
"Don't expect what you don't inspect."
John S. Waldrip
"Take heed of giving thyself liberty of committing one sin, for that will lead thee to another; till, by an ill custom, it become natural."
The plain truth is that false doctrine has been the chosen engine which Satan has employed in every age to stop the progress of the Gospel of Christ.
J. C. Ryle
"The human instruments which God uses in great triumphs of faith are no pacifists, but great fighters like Paul himself."
(Uttered in his last sermon preached at Princeton Theological Seminary.)
J. Gresham Machen
"False religion may cause persons to be loud and earnest in prayer."
"That religion which is not spiritual and saving may cause men . . . to delight to delight in hearing the word of God preached."
"If the actings of grace do much decay in the Christian, and he falls into a lifeless frame, he loses his assurance: but this kind of confidence of hypocrites will not be shaken by sin: they (at least some of them) will maintain their boldness in hope, in the most corrupt frames and wicked ways: which is a sure evidence of their delusion."
"Assurance is not so much to be gained by self-examination as by action."
"A true love to God must begin with a delight in His holiness, and not with a delight in any other attribute."