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


Awful Days
February 22, 2013, 5:26 PM
Filed under: Altar Call, Deceived, Ignorance

“In these awful days of spiritual ignorance and the carnal perversion of the holy things of God, explanation of the most elementary truths and terms is really required. When so many precious souls have been deluded into thinking that a going forward to a “mourner’s bench” or “penitent form,” or the taking of some preacher’s hand, is the same thing as coming to Christ” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Studies on Saving Faith” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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Exceedingly Artful
November 30, 2012, 9:01 PM
Filed under: Deceived, False Teachers, Modern Pulpits

“It must not be overlooked that while Satan is very subtle the flesh also is exceedingly artful, fully capable of playing many parts in order to gain its own ends. Behold how it moved Jacob to cover himself with a hairy skin and masquerade as Esau, king Saul to disguise himself when he went to the witch of Endor (1 Samuel 28:8), the wife of Jeroboam feigning herself to be another when she visited the prophet Ahijah, whose eyes were set by reason of age (1 Kings 14:1-6), and the wolves in sheeps’ clothing of Christ’s day. In his second epistle Paul warned the Corinthians against

“false apostles, deceitful workers, transforming themselves into the apostles of Christ” (2 Corinthians 11:13),

and Jude complained that ungodly men had “crept in unawares” into the assemblies of the saints (Jude 1:4). The churches are full of such today.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Gleanings in Joshua” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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Seeds of Unbelief
September 27, 2012, 6:54 PM
Filed under: Deceived, False Teachers, Modern Pulpits

“Many of those who are paid to stand in our pulpits and defend the Truth of God are now the very ones who are engaged in sowing the seeds of unbelief and destroying the faith of those to whom they minister.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “The Divine Inspiration of Scripture” by  A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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Entirely Different
July 17, 2012, 5:29 PM
Filed under: Deceived, Ignorance, Uncategorized

“How entirely different is the God of Holy Writ from the fictitious one of the sentimental dreamers of this effeminate age!” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “Gleanings in Joshua” by A. W. Pink (1886-1952)

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Divine Renovation
June 26, 2012, 6:53 PM
Filed under: Deceived, Soteriology, Spiritual Growth, True Conversion

“The religion of the vast majority in Christendom today is one of tradition, form, or sentiment— destitute of one particle of vital and transforming power. Unless the Spirit of God has regenerated and indwells the soul, not only the most pleasing ritual but the most orthodox creed is worthless! Reader, you may be an ardent “Calvinist,” subscribe heartily to the soundest “Articles of Faith,” assent sincerely to every sentence in the Westminster Confession and Catechism, and yet be dead in trespasses and sins. Yea, such is your sad condition at this very moment, unless you have really been “born of the Spirit” and God has revealed His Son in you (Galatians 1:16).

“A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from Heaven” (John 3:27).

How little is that statement understood by the majority of professing Christians! How unpalatable it is to the self-sufficient Laodiceans of this age, ignorant as they are of their wretchedness, poverty and blindness (Revelation 3:17). Though the wisdom and power of the Creator manifestly appear in every part of His creation, yet when the first Gospel preacher was sent to the Gentiles he had to declare, “the world by wisdom knew not God” (1 Corinthians 1:21). Though the Jews had the Holy Scriptures in their hands and were thoroughly familiar with the letter of them, yet they knew neither the Father nor His Son when He appeared in their midst. Nor are things any better today. One may accept the Bible as God’s Word and assent to all that it teaches, and still be in his sins. He may believe that sin is a transgressing of God’s Law, that the Lord Jesus is alone the Savior of sinners, and even be intellectually convinced that without holiness no man shall see the Lord, and yet be entirely ignorant of God to any good purpose. Until a miracle of grace is wrought within them, the state and experience of all men—spiritually speaking—is,

“Hearing, ye shall hear, and not understand; seeing, ye shall see, and not perceive” (Acts 28:26).

They cannot do so until the veil of pride and prejudice, carnality and selfinterest be removed from their hearts, by God’s grace.

The soul must be Divinely renovated before it is capable of apprehending spiritual things. The careful reader will have noticed that the marginal rendering of John 3:27, is: “A man can take unto himself nothing, except it be given him from Heaven.” He must first be given a disposition in order to do so. What a word was that of Moses to the Israelites:

“Ye have seen all that the LORD did before your eyes in the land of Egypt… Yet the LORD hath not given you a heart to perceive, and eyes to see, and ears to hear, unto this day” (Deuteronomy 29:2-4)

—they took not to them the implications of what God had done so as to profit therefrom. Many have “the form of knowledge and of the truth in the Law” (Romans 2:20) in their heads, but are total strangers to the power of it in their hearts. Why is this the case? Because the Spirit has not made an effectual application of it to them: they have received no inward revelation of it in their souls. Let us furnish a specific illustration:

“For I was alive [in my own esteem] without the Law once: but when the commandment came, sin revived, and I died” (Romans 7:9).

From earliest childhood Saul of Tarsus had been thoroughly acquainted with the words of the Tenth Commandment, but until the hour of his spiritual quickening they had never searched within and “pricked him in the heart” (Acts 2:37).

Hitherto, that “Hebrew of the Hebrews” was proud of his orthodoxy, for had he not been brought up at the feet of Gamaliel, taught according to the perfect manner of the Law of the fathers, and was zealous toward God (Acts 22:3)? Conscientious in the performing of duty, living an irreproachable life, “touching the righteousness which is in the law, blameless” (Philippians 3:6) in his outward walk, he was thoroughly pleased with himself. But when the Spirit of God applied to his conscience those words, “thou shalt not covet,” his complacency was rudely shattered. When God gave him grace to perceive and feel the spirituality and strictness of the Divine Law, that it prohibited inward lustings, all unholy and irregular desires, he was convicted of his lost condition. He now saw and felt a sea of corruption within. He realized he stood condemned before the bar of a holy God, under the awful curse of His righteous Law, and he died to all self-esteem and self-righteousness. When the Law was Divinely brought home to his conscience in shattering power, it was like a bolt from the blue, smiting him with compunction: he became a dead man in his own convictions, a justly sentenced criminal.

Have you, my reader, experienced God’s Word to be “quick and powerful, and sharper than any two edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit”? Have you found it to be “a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12)—of your heart? You have not merely by the reading of it, nor by the hearing of it. That Word must be applied by an Almighty hand before it cuts a soul to the quick: only then is it “the sword of the Spirit”—when He directs it. It is only by the blessing and concurrence of the Spirit that the Word is made to produce its quickening, searching, illuminating, convicting, transforming and comforting effects upon the soul of any man. Only by the Spirit is the supremacy of the Word established in the soul. It is by His teaching that there is conveyed a real apprehension of the Truth, so that the heart is truly awed and solemnized, by being made to feel the authority and majesty of the Word.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “The Doctrine of Revelation” by Arthur W. Pink (1886–1952)

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Self-Delusion
June 23, 2012, 6:12 AM
Filed under: Deceived, False Believers, Ignorance

“Self-love and self-esteem. This is as prolific and powerful a cause of self-deception as any of those mentioned above. Sinners compare themselves with their fellows and award themselves the first prize every time. He who is immoral regards himself as better than those who grind the poor and rob the widow. He who is a liar and a thief prides himself that he is no murderer. He who is outwardly religious deems himself vastly superior to the openly profane. Each one discovers some cause or other to say with the self-righteous Pharisee, “I thank God that I am not as this publican.” This is because they measure themselves by a wrong standard. Even a soiled handkerchief looks comparatively clean if it be placed on a miry road, but were it laid on newly fallen snow its uncleanness would soon be evident. So it is with those who are blind to their deplorable condition. But men are possessed with such a high estimate of themselves, and entertain such a good opinion of their souls’ condition, that even if they can be induced to measure themselves by the rule of God’s Word and examine their state they come to the work prepossessed, prejudiced in their own favor. Self-love will not suffer them to deal impartially with their souls.

When they read some condemnatory passage of Scripture they refuse to appropriate it: when they hear a particularly solemn and searching sermon they take it not home to themselves but apply it to some of their fellows. If they be awakened in some measure to the awfulness of sinning against God and alarmed at the fearful punishment reserved for such, this mood is only fitful and fleeting, for they quickly reassure themselves that no such guilt rests upon them. Sudden death may strike down some of their companions, but self-delusion blinds them to their own peril. A manifest judgment from God may fall upon their community, but they persuade themselves that they are in no danger of the wrath to come. The fact is that there are very few indeed who abandon all hope, give way to utter despair and conclude they will experience the everlasting burnings, and yet there is only a very little company who will escape them. The multitudes continue defying God, sinning with a high hand, and go on walking along the road which leads to the pit, and yet by one means or another each persuades himself he shall not enter there.

“For he flattereth himself in his own eyes, until his iniquity be found to be hateful” (Psalm 36:2).

Yes, the sinner “flattereth himself in his own eyes.” If he did not, he would be in terrible distress and anguish. He would not go on so cheerfully and gaily if he really believed himself in danger of hell. But he has too good an estimate of himself for that: he does not think he has ever done anything worthy of such a doom, he is sure he is not bad enough for such a place.

Men flatter themselves that they do not live in vice, but are decent citizens and good neighbors. They can see no reason why God should be angry with them. They do not take His name in vain nor scoff at religion. Yea, they flatter themselves that they have done much to commend themselves to Him and obtain His approbation. They read their Bibles occasionally and say their prayers. They attend church and contribute to its upkeep. They send their children to the Sabbath school. They resolve that later on they will be even better, out and out for Christ. but meanwhile they want to enjoy the world a little longer, “trust in themselves that they are righteous” (Luke 18:9) and are comparatively clean in their own sight, and yet they are not washed from their filthiness (Proverbs 30:12).” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “The Sermon on the Mount” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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Zeal With Knowledge
March 23, 2012, 5:43 PM
Filed under: Deceived, Evangelism, Ignorance, Modern Pulpits, Spiritual Growth

“It is very necessary that this precept, “Give not that which is holy unto the dogs” should be pressed upon the rank and file of God’s people. In certain circles it has been taught that as soon as a person has experienced the saving grace of God in his heart it is his bounden duty to preach Christ to all his acquaintances, to endeavor to become a “soul winner,” and that if he declines such “personal work” and evangelistic endeavor, it is because he is cold and selfish, indifferent to the eternal welfare of those around him. But where did Christ or any of His apostles bestow such a commission on any young convert?

“Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what He hath done for my soul” (Psalm 66:16).

That qualification warns us against publishing the most sacred experiences of our hearts to all and sundry, for the unregenerate have no more capacity to appreciate the sovereign operations of the Spirit than swine have to rate pearls at their true value. But is not the young convert to “witness for Christ”? Assuredly, but how?

“Ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light” (1 Peter 2:9):

a changed life, an unworldly walk, is the most effective “witness” of all! (see Matthew 5:16).

Zeal needs to be tempered with knowledge. The holy things of the Gospel are not to be bandied about indiscriminately: the precious secrets of His love which the Lord has revealed to us are not to be communicated to His enemies. If believers defy this Divinely imposed restriction, they must not be surprised at meeting with insults and incurring the ire of those upon whom they attempt to force the holy mysteries of the faith. Of the pharisees Christ said, “Let them alone” (Matthew 15:14), not attempt to convert them from the error of their ways. “Of some have compassion, making a difference” (Jude 22): what a discriminating word is that! We are bidden to “Go from the presence of a fool” (Proverbs 14:7), and not lower our Christian dignity by arguing with him. But are we not bidden to “Be ready always to give an answer to every man that asketh a reason of the hope that is in us”? Yes, when “asked” (cf. Proverbs 22:21), and then “with meekness and fear” (1 Peter 3:15) and not with bombast and impudence. The epistles of the New Testament are to be read to “holy brethren” (1 Thess. 5:27), but we know of no warrant to read them to worldlings.” —A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

Taken from “The Sermon on the Mount” by A. W. Pink (1886–1952)

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