“To the Church has been given the charge of proclaiming the Word of God. This revelatory Word is not a concatenation of human opinions and ideas but rather is God’s own proclamation, the very means by which He speaks, even into postmodern society.
It is, therefore, the making possible of what would be entirely impossible without the grace of God and the powerful working of the Spirit through whose work, and despite the stammering and faltering lips of the preacher, is heard once again the divine summons to stand before God and hear His Word.
Here is hope. We have not been cast adrift upon an infinite ocean but, rather, we find ourselves in a universe not of our own making where all our best thoughts of God are swept away as upon a ferocious current only to be replaced by the eternally simple speech of the triune God.
He draws near through His Word, He lifts the fallen, He feeds the hungry, He corrects the wandering, He rebukes the self-sufficient, and everywhere there is found the sweet fragrance of His grace where He has spoken through His Word and ministered by His Spirit.”
–David F. Wells, Above All Earthly Pow’rs: Christ in a Postmodern World (Grand Rapids: Eerdmans, 2005), 176.
“It is, of course, the most easy to flesh and blood to deal in generalities, to denounce sectarianism, and claim to be of an ultra-Catholic spirit; but though rough and rugged, it is required of the loyal servant of King Jesus to maintain all His crown rights and stand up for every word of His laws. Friends chide us and foes abhor us when we are very jealous for the Lord God of Israel, but what do these things matter if the Master approves?”
–Charles H. Spurgeon, as quoted in Iain Murray, The Forgotten Spurgeon (Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1966/1998), 17.