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Then [Jesus] said to them all, "If anyone wants to come with Me, he must deny himself, take up his cross daily, and follow Me. For whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life because of Me will save it. (Luke 9:23-24, HCSB)

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Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Selected Quotes from "The Devil Votes Christian Values: Why We're Tempted to be Glorified Satanists Rather than Crucified Followers" by Russell Moore

[The following quotes are from a chapel sermon preached March 17, 2009 at the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. The text for the sermon was Matthew 4:8-17 and Deuteronomy 6:10-15.]

"The need to stand up and to exalt oneself, and to exalt one's freedom, and to exalt one's liberty, and to exalt one's rights, and to exalt one's Self in every way is exactly what is at the core of the project that this evil being- the Prince of the power of the air- has been about from the very dawn of history, according to the Word of God."

"Satan ultimately has a power that is not found most importantly in moral decay or in cultural chaos. His power is in the authority to accuse- the power of accusation- the power of holding humanity captive through the fear of death and the certainty of judgment. Satan is not fearful of external conformity or rule, not even of external conformity to the rule of Christ, provided there is no Cross. Satan does not mind 'family values' as long as what you ultimately value is the family. Satan does not mind 'social justice' as long as you see justice as most importantly social. Satan does not tremble at a 'Christian worldview;' he will let you have a 'Christian worldview' as long as your ultimate goal is viewing the world."

"Pastor, Satan doesn't mind if you preach on the decrees of God with fervor and passion every single week provided that you do not ever preach the gospel of the Cross. Homeschooling mom, Satan does not mind if you teach your children all the books of the Bible, and all the Ten Commandments, and all of the Catechism, provided that you do not teach them the gospel of a bloody Cross. He will let you, ministers of the gospel, he will let you get what it is that you want, no matter what that is- sanctity of marriage, environmental protection, orphan care- all of these good and wonderful things- he will allow you to gain those things provided you do not preach and proclaim and live through the power of a Cross that cancels his power of condemnation."

[I strongly recommend that anyone reading this post take the opportunity to listen this entire sermon, which can be heard HERE.]

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Blogger Danger Chris said...

I heard a sermon were it was said that Satan accuses God more than he does man. Questioning his goodness in light of giving the fallen angels perfect justice but offering mercy to humanity.

I think it was Paul Washer. I butchered it, but it's an interesting though.

12:12 AM  
Blogger ajlin said...

Chris,

Good point!

12:38 AM  

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