Sunday Sermon Quotes [True Defilement, True Forgiveness]

"Life, death, hell and worlds unknown may hang on the preaching and hearing of a sermon." Charles Spurgeon

"One of those great sweeping truths that Christ delighted to utter." Edmond Hiebert

"This list bears impressive witness to the unorganized diversity of sin." Edmond Hiebert

"There is a deep truth in these words which is frequently overlooked. Our original sinfulness and natural inclination to evil are seldom sufficiently considered. The wickedness of men is often attributed to bad examples, bad company, peculiar temptations, or the snares of the devil. It seems forgotten that every man carries within him a fountain of wickedness. We need no bad company to teach us, and no devil to tempt us, in order to run into sin. We have within us the beginning of every sin under heaven. The seeds of all the evils here mentioned lie within us all. They may lie dormant all our lives. They may be kept down by fear of consequences, the restraint of public opinion, the dread of discovery, the desire to be thought respectable-and above all, by the almighty grace of God. But every man has within him the root of every sin." J.C. Ryle

"This is a revealing editorial insertion, for Mark seldom steps on stage as an actor in the drama. On the rare occasions (3:30) when he does so his interpretations should be accorded special significance. When Mark wrote his Gospel, questions related to kosher foods and dietary regulations were prominent in the minds of converts to Christianity particularly from paganism. This declaration takes precedence over the dietary regulations of both the oral and written laws (e.g., Lev 11; Deu 14). Again, in Mark the teaching of Jesus is supremely authoritative, superseding the Torah itself. Similar to his earlier pronouncement on the Sabbath (2:27-28), in presuming to render a definitive judgment on a matter of divine revelation, Jesus assumes the role of God." James Edwards

"There is a spice of legality in you. You want to have something that you might admire in yourself; but you will get more solid comfort by looking to Jesus and admiring him." John Newton

"There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God. We must always be accepted for Christ's sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It is just as true after we have believed. It will continue to be true as along as we live. It is always on His blood and righteousness alone that we can rest." B.B. Warfield