Quotes by Ray Pritchard
This is the humanist dilemma. They say, “You come from nothing and you’re going to nothing, but in between you have great significance.” It doesn’t make sense at all.
I heard R. C. Sproul explain it this way: He said that apart from God there is no reason for human significance and no grounds for self-worth. Consider the alternative. If you don’t believe in God, then you don’t have any reason for being here. You must believe that you are simply the product of impersonal time plus chance. And when you die, you must believe that you simply cease to exist and vanish into eternal nothingness. In short, if you leave God out, what you are left with is this: You didn’t come from anywhere and you aren’t going anywhere after you die. This is the humanist dilemma. They say, “You come from nothing and you’re going to nothing, but in between you have great significance.” It doesn’t make sense at all.
The Third Commandment might well be paraphrased, “You shall not use the name of the Lord without meaning something by it.” Every time you use God’s name, you’d better mean something by it. Because God takes your words seriously even if you don’t.
It has always been true that the best defense against adultery is a happy marriage.
If having more would make us happy, we would never need the Tenth Commandment. It is written for unhappy people!
Coveting is nothing more or less than an attempt to improve upon God. The covetous man moans and groans because he believes that he has been treated unfairly. When all the goodies were passed out, he got nothing but crumbs… The covetous man doubts God’s wisdom, God’s goodness, God’s justice, God’s timing and ultimately God’s love. Coveting is a terrible sin because it is a surreptitious attack on God Himself. Those who covet are saying, “God, you haven’t taken care of me.” They are blaming God for His failure to meet their needs.
You can’t be content and covet at the same time.
[How to Overcome Coveting]:
1. Guard your heart. This means pay attention to your desires.
2. Become a great giver… How do you overcome a covetous spirit? You give your way out of it.
3. Ask God to give you a grateful heart.
4. Refocus your life on Jesus Christ. Nothing human can cure covetousness; only an infusion of the supernatural power of Christ can make a lasting difference… Nothing will expel a coveting spirit except the power of a brand-new affection – a new love for Jesus Christ (Mt. 6:33).
This one is so simple that we miss it. Why aren’t we more grateful? There are many answers to that question, but this one is central: we aren’t grateful because we’ve never asked God to give us a grateful heart. By nature we are covetous, greedy, grasping and unhappy. Left to ourselves, we will be just like that rich fool. Generosity isn’t our natural impulse. We aren’t born giving; we’re born getting. Gratitude is not the inborn language of the heart.
Profanity is wrong not simply because it shocks or disgusts, but at a much deeper level, profanity is wrong because it trashes that which God has declared to be holy and good and beautiful.