1904: “Too many regard their religious experience as a profound secret;
–which they must sedulously keep to themselves. An aged Baptist minister told me he had praying parents, but they were not forward in talking to him of the religion which they professed, and so failed to lead him to Christ.
By some outside instrumentality he at length found his Saviour when he had almost reached manhood. With the characteristic zeal of a young convert he sat down by his mother’s side and told her the story. She wept over the simple narrative, for it carried her back to the days when she gave her own heart to God; and then, unlocking her long-hidden secret, she told him, in turn, for the first time, the story of her own conversion—a simple, beautiful, touching story, and gave quite a lengthened account of her inner religious life.
The boy listened with delight, and, when she had finished the story, said–“O mother, why didn’t you tell me this before?”
I can remember as a boy that I learned more of the religious experience of my parents from chance remarks which they dropped to others, than from anything they ever said directly to myself. They talked enough about religious things in a general way, but seldom or never talked about their own religious experience; and I well remember that when any word was dropped I valued it more than any general religious instruction.
Though both my parents were Christians I never heard the story of their conversion, nor any account of the struggles they met with in the religious life. I longed to hear it, but did not dare ask questions, and the impression left on my mind was that religious experience was a secret which should not be inquired after nor revealed.
Religious experience is no doubt a sacred thing, but it may be choked, like a spring for want of outflow, and can be a means of refreshment to others–if properly used.”–Old Truths Newly Illustrated; By Henry Graham, D.D.; 1904.
- Acts 10:42 And he commanded us to preach unto the people, and to testify that it is he which was ordained of God to be the Judge of quick and dead.
- Romans 10: 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.
- Acts 22:15 For thou shalt be his witness unto all men of what thou hast seen and heard.
- 2 Timothy 4:5 But watch thou in all things, endure afflictions, do the work of an evangelist, make full proof of thy ministry.
- Luke 12: 35 Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning;
- Matthew 5:15 Neither do men light a candle, and put it under a bushel, but on a candlestick; and it giveth light unto all that are in the house.
- 2 Timothy 1:8 Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God;
- Mark 8: 38 Whosoever therefore shall be ashamed of me and of my words in this adulterous and sinful. generation; of him also shall the Son of man be ashamed, when he cometh in the glory of his Father with the holy angels.
- Matthew 10:33 But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven.
Romans 10:9 Commentary: “We must devote and give up to God our souls and our bodies: our souls in believing with the heart, and our bodies in confessing with the mouth.”–Matthew Henry; 1662-1714.
“Make it evident that you are a child of God, and not a mere professor of religion.”–The Religious Tract Society; 1866.
“Let Christians inspirit themselves, ‘by Jesus and’ (the Apostle) Paul’s example, not to omit their thanks, even at the table of the hotel or of the restaurant. The act need not be obtrusively conspicuous. But so, too, it need not be in the least awkward or ashamed. No matter how informal your meal–give thanks. If it is a private picnic in the woods, still give thanks!”–Dr. William C. Wilkinson, DD; 1883. Say Grace!
“There cannot be a secret Christian.”—Rev. William J. Reid.
“To see evil and not call it evil—is evil. Not to speak—is to speak”–Rev. Dietrich Bonhoeffer.
“You do not know how to persuade sinners to be reconciled to God?!! —Then you should learn.”—Rev. John Howard Hinton; M.A.; 1865.
“You have been saved out of the world and then sent back into the world to witness to the world, and that’s the only business you have in the world, till you’re taken out of the world!’—Pastor Adrian Rogers 1931-2005.
“The day will come when the voice of the Church will be missing on earth.”—Dr. David Jeremiah (the Rapture).
“Let everyone of us try to get one soul.”—D.L. Moody.
“Do all the good you can, By all the means you can, In all the ways you can,
In all the places you can, At all the times you can, To all the people you can,
As long as ever you can.”–John Wesley.
”There will come a time when we are all judged on whether or not we took a stand in defense of all life.”—Sen. Rand Paul.
“Someone has said that there are four things necessary in studying the Bible: Admit, Submit, Commit and Transmit. First , admit its truth; second, submit to its teachings; third, commit it to memory; and fourth, transmit it.”—D.L. Moody.
“If one really has received Christ he cannot keep it to himself.”—Rev. Reuben Archer Torrey; 1906.
Christian Faith; “It is 24/7. It must be practiced in the home, the business, the government, and yes, the law.”—Michael Youssef.
“Jesus is coming soon—Look busy!”—Hal Lindsey.