The Theologian’s Alphabet – Because “A is for Apple” Is So Terribly Boring

  • A is forA bold Christian is the highest style of a man.” (Thomas Young)

  • B is forBeware of manufacturing a God of your own: a God who is all mercy, but not just; a God who is all love, but not holy; a God who has a heaven for everybody, but a hell for none; a God who can allow good and bad to be side by side in time, but will make no distinction between good and broad in eternity. He is not the God of the Bible, and beside the God of the Bible, there is no God at all.” (J.C. Ryle)

  • C is forChristianity, if false, is of no importance, and if true, of infinite importance. The only thing it cannot be is moderately important.” (C.S. Lewis)

  • D is for “A dog barks when his master is attacked. I would be a coward if I saw that God’s truth is attacked and yet would remain silent.” (John Calvin)

  • E is forEvery word of God is life to holiness and death to sin. Use the Word of God as your sword and shield: there is none like it.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

  • F is for “Our faith is fed by what is plain in Scripture and tried by what is obscure.” (St. Augustine)

  • G is forGrace alone makes the elect gracious; grace alone keeps them gracious; and the same grace alone will render them everlastingly glorious in the heaven of heavens.” (Augustus Toplady)

  • H is forHe who is not satisfied with Scripture desires to be wiser than is either proper or desirable.” (John Calvin)

  • I is forI see with greater and greater clearness that consistent Christianity is the easiest Christianity to defend.” (John Gresham Machen)

  • J is for “When [men] are to be judged according to their natural gifts, not one spark of good will be found in them from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet.” (John Calvin)

  • K is for “I know that charity covereth a multitude of sins; but it does not call evil good, because a good man has done it; it does not excuse inconsistencies, because the inconsistent brother has a high name and a fervent spirit; crookedness and worldliness are still crookedness and worldliness, though exhibited in one who seems to have reached no common height of attainment. (C.H. Spurgeon)

  • L is forLive and die without prayer, and you will pray long enough when you get to hell.” (C.H. Spurgeon)

  • M is forMan is nothing: he hath a free will to go to hell, but none to go to heaven, till God worketh in him to will and to do his good pleasure.” (George Whitfield)

  • N is forNothing is better known or more common among Christians than assertion. Take away assertions and you take away Christianity.” (Martin Luther)

  • O is forOriginal sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep, universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages, of every class, and in every part of the world.” (Charles Hodge)

  • P is forPeace if possible, truth at all costs.” (Martin Luther)

  • Q is for “One question frequently stops Christians in their tracks: ‘If the Gospel alone saves, then what about the heathen in Africa who never heard?’ Christians are ill-equipped to respond because they don’t really understand something vital about sin and mercy. Sin brings guilt. Mercy is a gift. There is no obligation to offer a pardon to a guilty man. The same is true of God. He can justly convict a man who has broken His law even though the sinner has heard nothing about God’s pardon in Jesus. God owes no one salvation. He can offer it to whomever He wishes. That’s why it’s called grace.” (Gregory Koukl)

  • R is forRome makes the church ultimate, the Anabaptists make the conscience ultimate and the Reformers made the Word of God ultimate.” (Greg Price)

  • S is forSome may say ‘because I am elect, it doesn’t really matter how I live or what I do.’ Well the one thing I can say for sure about you is that you might be elect, but you are not yet converted.” (Dr. Joseph Pipa)

  • T is forToleration is the grave of reformation. By toleration we adopt other men’s sins, and make them our own.” (Thomas Watson)

  • U is forUnless I am convicted of error by the testimony of Scripture or (since I put no trust in the unsupported authority of Popes or councils, since it is plain that they have often erred and often contradicted themselves) by manifest reasoning, I stand convicted by the Scriptures to which I have appealed, and my conscience is taken captive by God’s word, I cannot and will not recant anything, for to act against our conscience is neither safe, nor open to us. On this I take my stand. I can do no other. God help me. Amen.” (Martin Luther)

  • V is for “Be very sure of this,-people never reject the Bible because they cannot understand it. They understand it only too well; they understand that it condemns their own behavior; they understand that it witnesses against their own sins, and summons them to judgment.” (J.C. Ryle)

  • W is forWe trust, not because a God exists, but because this God exists.” (C.S. Lewis)

  • X is for “Good exegesis becomes a threat to our pride. By it we run the risk of honestly discovering that the prophetic and apostolic view of life is different from our own, so that our view – and with it our pride – must crumble.” (John Piper)

  • Y is forYou asked for a loving God: you have one. The great spirit you so lightly invoked, the ‘lord of terrible aspect,’ is present: not a senile benevolence that drowsily wishes you to be happy in your own way, not the cold philanthropy of a conscientious magistrate, nor the care of a host who feels responsible for the comfort of his guests, but the consuming fire Himself, the Love that made the worlds. persistent as the artist’s love for his work and despotic as a man’s love for a dog, provident and venerable as a father’s love for a child, jealous, inexorable, exacting as love between the sexes.” (C.S. Lewis)

  • Z is for “Our zeal has been so hot against one another for mere externals and so cold when we are like to lose the substance. Our contentions rise so high in matters hardly of any moment, and our spirits work so low when they are to gain the great things for which Christ suffered and which He delivered to us.” (John Collins)

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