Quote for Today – François de La Rochefoucauld

Quote for Today

“The pervading so-called “Christian” culture in this country is often a façade that people hide behind”

This sort of fake Christianity is extremely dangerous, both to the individual that hides comfortingly within it, and to a country that is deceived by blindly embracing it.  “Christianity” that lacks any true relationship with Christ is a salve that covers a wound but does not heal it.  It might look okay, but spiritual disease festers beneath the surface. God in His infinite wisdom foresaw this time in history and warned us that people would be deceived into accepting this opiate of false Christianity: “But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having a form of godliness but denying its power”(2 Timothy 3:1-5).

What a dismal picture.  But the Bible is painfully honest. Notice the sobering concept found at the last part of those verses. There is no potency in a “form of godliness” that actually denies the real source of power that is only promised to true followers of Christ.  No power to save.  No power to forgive your fellow man. No power to obtain peace. No power to change the things in our lives that we know down deep need to be changed.  Simply, no power whatsoever. Thankfully the answer to the dilemma is simple for those who truly want to follow Christ”
– François de La Rochefoucauld

Quote for Today – Isaac Pennington

Babylon Versus Zion

“BABYLON is the spiritual fabric of iniquity; the mystical great city of the great king of darkness; built in imitation of Zion, painted just like Zion, that it might be taken for Zion, and be worshiped there, instead of the true, eternal, ever living God, and King of Zion.”

“And here, in this there is a great difference between the vessels of Zion, and the vessels of Babylon. The vessels of Zion, they are weak, earthen, foolish, contemptible to the eye of man’s wisdom, (which cannot look for any great matter of excellency there); but the treasure, the liquor of life in them, is precious. The vessels of Babylon make a great show, appear very holy, very heavenly, very zealous for God and Christ, and for the setting up of his church and ordinances all over the world. Thus they appear outside; but they are sepulchers; there is rottenness within. Under all this there lodges an unclean, an unsanctified heart; a heart unsubdued to the spirit and power of the gospel, while it makes such a great show of subjection and obedience to the letter.”

“But their souls never knew the fire in Zion, and the furnace in Jerusalem; by which the very inwards of their spirits must be cleansed, before the pure eye of life is opened which can see Zion.”

“And it is a spiritual city, a mystical city, a city built by the working of the mystery of iniquity, 2 Thes 2:7. whereupon she is called mystery. Rev 17:5. It is not a city of plain wickedness, but a city of sin that is hidden; of sin keeping its life under a covering, under a form of godliness; of sin reigning in the heart under zeal, under devotion, under praying, believing, worshiping, hoping, waiting, etc. Where sin lies hidden within under these, there is Babylon; there is the mystery of witchcraft; there is the painted throne of Satan; there is spiritual Egypt and Sodom, where the Lord of life is daily crucified. This is the city, the mystical city, the spiritual city. Rev. 11:8.”

–Isaac Penington

From Tim Shey’s Blog