Real Men Love Pink – A Collection of Quotes by A. W. Pink

The Preaching You Hear
June 9, 2010, 5:34 PM
Filed under: False Teachers, Modern Pulpits, Worldly

“Does the preaching you listen to come home to your heart in the power of the Holy Spirit? If not, what is the use of hearing it? Does the preaching you hear pierce you, search your conscience, condemn you, and make you cry, “O wretched man that I am”? Or does it add to your store of intellectual knowledge, minister to your delight, and make you feel self-satisfied? Do not treat these questions lightly, we beg you, or you are very likely to prove your own worst enemy. Face them fairly and squarely, as in the presence of God. “Consider diligently” what is set before you from the pulpit, for it must do one of two things: help or harm you. It either promotes humility, or feeds pride. It either stimulates to work out your own salvation “with fear and trembling,” or it fosters carnal security and self-confidence. It either drives you to your knees, or it more and more lulls your spiritual sensibilities. It either makes you more conscientious and careful about all the details of your daily life, or more careless and callous. It either causes you to cry unto God day and night for Him to work in your heart a deeper and more constant hatred of evil, or (probably unconsciously) leads you to think more lightly of sin—excusing “little” failures, and consoling yourself with the thought that none of us reach perfection in this life; whereas God says, “Be holy in all manner of behavior” (1 Peter 1:15)…

In closing, let us point out that all we have said above about “considering diligently” what preaching you attend, applies with equal force to listening on to the radio! “Take heed what you hear”: if it does not make your conscience more tender, it will make it more callous. The same applies to your reading. The great majority of the “orthodox” and “sound” magazines being printed today, can only harm you, for they contain nothing to make you weep before God, nothing to increase the “fear of the Lord” in your soul, nothing that will lead to an increasing mortifying of your members which are upon the earth. If you have proven this to be the case, then from now on shun them as you would a plague. “Cease from man!” (Isaiah 2:22) and feed upon the Word.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Dangerous Dainties” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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