The Devil doesn’t mind “family values” as long as what you ultimately value is the family. Satan doesn’t mind “social justice” as long as you see justice as most impotantly social. Satan does not tremble at a “Christian worldview” as long as your ultimate goal is to view the world. Satan doesn’t even mind born-again Christianity as long as the new birth is preached apart from the blood of the cross and the life of the resurrection.
Pastor, Satan doesn’t mind if you preach on the decrees of God with fervor and passion, reconciling all the tensions between sovereignty and freedom, as long as you don’t preach the gospel. Homeschooling mom, Satan doesn’t mind if your children can recite the catechism and translate the “Battle Hymn of the Republic” from English to Latin, as long as they don’t hear the gospel. Churches, Satan doesn’t care if your people vote for pro-life candidates, stay married, have sex with whom they’re supposed to, and tear up at all the praise choruses, as long as they don’t see the only power that cancels condemnation – the gospel of Christ crucified. Satan so fears the gospel, he was willing to surrender his entire empire just to stave it off. He still is.
– taken from Russell D. Moore’s book “Tempted and Tried”, p. 154
Russell Moore, dean of the School of Theology at Southern Seminary and author of Adopted for Life, speaks with Dennis Rainy and Bob Lepine on FamilyLife Today about thinking rightly about adoption and caring for the needs of orphans. Tune in to their three segments below:
- Grappling with Infertility? Could God be leading you to adoption? Moore talks honestly about his family’s struggle with infertility and recalls the precious moment when he opened his heart and mind to the idea of adoption.
- Embracing Adoption: Does God want to bless your life through adoption? Moore fondly remembers the days when he and his wife waited for a word from their adoption agency to go pick up their sons. He describes the orphanage in Russia where his sons lived and the emotions they felt as they prepared the boys to travel to their new home in the United States.
- Welcome to the Family: Adoption is close to the heart of God. Moore, father of two adopted sons talks about the challenges of adapting his adopted children to their new life and the blessings they’ve seen since expanding their family through adoption.
(found via Crossway.org)
Charles Spurgeon writes:
Repentance is a discovery of the evil of sin, a mourning that we have committed it, a resolution to forsake it. It is, in fact, a change of mind of a very deep and practical character, which makes the man love what once he hated, and hate what once he loved.
J. I. Packer writes:
Repentance means turning from as much as you know of your sin to give as much as you know of yourself to as much as you know of your God, and as our knowledge grows at these three points so our practice of repentance has to be enlarged.
John Piper writes:
Repenting means experiencing a change of mind that now sees God as true and beautiful and worthy of all our praise and all our obedience.
(found via Desiring God)