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General William Booth– The 19 Best Quotes Ever

general_william_booth_5Go for souls. Go straight for souls, and go for the worst.

Look! Don’t be deceived by appearances – men and things are not what they seem. All who are not on the rock are in the sea!

I consider that the chief dangers which confront the coming century will be religion without the Holy Ghost; Christianity without Christ; forgiveness without repentance; salvation without regeneration; politics without God; and Heaven without Hell.

I want to see a new translation of the Bible into the hearts and conduct of living men and women.

Work as if everything depended upon work and pray as if everything depended upon prayer.

We must wake ourselves up! Or somebody else will take our place, and bear our cross, and thereby rob us of our crown.

But what is the use of preaching the Gospel to men whose whole attention is concentrated upon a mad, desperate struggle to keep themselves alive?

Faith and works should travel side by side, step answering to step, like the legs of men walking. First faith, and then works; and then faith again, and then works again–until they can scarcely distinguish which is the one and which is the other.

While women weep, as they do now, I’ll fight; while little children go hungry, as they do now, I’ll fight; while men go to prison, in and out, in and out, as they do now, I’ll fight; while there is a drunkard left, while there is a poor lost girl upon the streets, while there remains one dark soul without the light of God, I’ll fight-I’ll fight to the very end!

You must pray with all your might. That does not mean saying your prayers, or sitting gazing about in church or chapel with eyes wide open while someone else says them for you. It means fervent, effectual, untiring wrestling with God. This kind of prayer be sure the devil and the world and your own indolent, unbelieving nature will oppose. They will pour water on this flame.

We are not sent to minister to a congregation and be content if we keep things going. We are sent to make war and to stop short of nothing but the subjugation of the world to the sway of the Lord Jesus.

The greatness of a man’s power is the measure of his surrender.

‘Not called!’ did you say? ‘Not heard the call,’ I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible, and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell, and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.”

Secular music, do you say, belongs to the devil? Does it? Well, if it did I would plunder him for it, for he has no right to a single note of the whole seven. Every note, and every strain, and every harmony is divine, and belongs to us.

If I thought I could win one more soul to the Lord by walking on my head and playing the tambourine with my toes, I’d learn how!

As soon as old enough, teach your children that the Holy Spirit is already in their hearts helping them to e good and to get the victory over all the evil that is in them, and over everything that is evil about them, and that if they will obey this Spirit He will stay with them forever.

There is a hell. A hell as dark and terrible as the description given of it by the lips of Jesus Christ, the truthful. And into that hell men and women are departing hour by hour.

With all the emphasis with which I am capable, I plead for the intelligent, compassionate, religious, and persistent duty of saving the children and young people.

‘Some men’s ambition is art.
Some men’s ambition is fame.
Some men’s ambition is gold.
My ambition is the souls of men.’

Apathy Quotes

We regard God as an airman regards his parachute; it’s there for emergencies but he hopes he’ll never have to use it.   C.S. Lewis

Sleeping on a dragon’s hoard with greedy, dragonish thoughts in his heart, he had become a dragon himself.   C.S. Lewis

Christian Youth, I need to ask why you sit in the padded pews of your fathers while all around the darkness takes your cities and your friends.   Andrew Strom

As men are not able to fight against death, misery, ignorance, they have taken it into their heads, in order to be happy, not to think of them at all.   Blaise Pascal

You may choose to look the other way but you can never say again that you did not know.   William Wilberforce

Science may have found a cure for most evils; but it has found no remedy for the worst of them all – the apathy of human beings.   Helen Keller

If you are contented with a sound creed and a little morality in your lives, you are in an awful state. I would not like to die in your state for a thousand worlds.   William Tiptaft

There are a lot of Christians who are halfway fellows. They stand in the door, holding on to the Church with one hand while they play with the toys of the world with the other. They are in the doorway and we can’t bring sinners in.   Mordecai Ham

The world never burned a casual Christian at the stake.   John R. Rice

Never adopt an attitude of indifference, for if you do you will suffer for it. The weight will grow heavier and heavier.   Watchman Nee

May the things of this world so lose their power over us that we do not in the slightest wish to be “worldly”; nay, we even delight in not remaining “in the world.”   Watchman Nee

When sinners are careless and stupid, and sinking into hell unconcerned, it is time the church should bestir themselves. It is as much the duty of the church to awake, as it is for the firemen to awake when a fire breaks out in the night in a great city.   Charles Finney

The man who has nothing more than a kind of Sunday religion — whose Christianity is like his Sunday clothes put on once a week, and then laid aside — such a man cannot, of course, be expected to care about growth in grace.   J.C. Ryle

I will not judge a person to be spiritually dead whom I have judged formerly to have had spiritual life, though I see him at present in a swoon (faint)as to all evidences of the spiritual life. And the reason why I will not judge him so is this — because if you judge a person dead, you neglect him, you leave him; but if you judge him in a swoon,(faint) though never so dangerous, you use all means for the retrieving of his life.   John Owen

If the highest aim of a captain were to preserve his ship, he would keep it in port forever.   Thomas Aquinas

Oh, it is sad for a poor Christian to stand at the door of the promise, in the dark night of affliction, afraid to draw the latch, whereas he should then come boldly for shelter as a child into his father’s house.   William Gurnall

A minister, without boldness, is like a smooth file, a knife without an edge, a sentinel that is afraid to let off his gun. If men will be bold in sin, ministers must be bold to reprove.   William Gurnall

The most tremendous judgment of God in this world is the hardening of the hearts of men.   John Owen

It is hard to interest those who have everything in those who have nothing.   Helen Keller

Non-praying is lawlessness, discord, anarchy.   E.M. Bounds

All growth that is not toward God, is growing to decay.  George Macdonald

He was one of those men who possess almost every gift, except the gift of the power to use them.   Charles Kingsley

Can we be casual in the work of God — casual when the house is on fire, and people in danger of being burned?   Duncan Campbell

It is a shame for a person to have been a Christian for years but not to have advanced beyond the knowledge of his salvation.   Theodore Epp

What makes the Dead Sea dead? Because it is all the time receiving, never giving out anything. Why is it that many Christians are cold? Because they are all the time receiving, never giving out anything.   D.L. Moody

Neglect does more for the soul than make it miss salvation. It despoils it of its capacity for salvation.   Henry Drummond

If you seek to please men you can never be a servant of the Lord.   Zac Poonen

God has no place for undercover agents.   Woodrow Kroll

How can you pull down strongholds of Satan if you don’t even have the strength to turn off your TV?   Leonard Ravenhill

Is the world crucified to you tonight? Or does it fascinate you?   Leonard Ravenhill

Apathy is the acceptance of the unacceptable.   John Stott

You are not only responsible for what you say, but also for what you do not say.   Martin Luther

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

We should not ask, “What is wrong with the world?” for that diagnosis has already been given. Rather, we should ask, “What has happened to the salt and light?”   John Stott

Brokenness Quotes

“Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives.“ — Michael Yaconelli

“The meek man is not a human mouse afflicted with a sense of his own inferiority.  Rather he may be in his moral life as bold as a lion and as strong as Samson; but he has stopped being fooled about himself.  He has accepted God’s estimate of his own life.  He knows he is as weak and helpless as God declared him to be, but paradoxically, he knows at the same time that he is in the sight of God of more importance than angels.  In himself, nothing; in God, everything.  That is his motto.”   –A.W. Tozer

The higher people are in the favor of God, the more tender they are.  –Martin Luther

“God rescues us by breaking us, by shattering our strength and wiping out our resistance.” –A. W. Tozer

“Our life is full of brokenness – broken relationships, broken promises, broken expectations. How can we live with that brokenness without becoming bitter and resentful except by returning again and again to God’s faithful presence in our lives.” –Henri Nouwen

“The power of the Church is not a parade of flawless people, but of a flawless Christ who embraces our flaws. The Church is not made up of whole people, rather of the broken people who find wholeness in a Christ who was broken for us.” –Mike Yaconelli

“I am not what I ought to be. I am not what I want to be. I am not what I hope to be. But still, I am not what I used to be. And by the grace of God, I am what I am.” –John Newton

“It’s not about perfection; it’s about our intimacy with God, or our connection, our relationship with God. Once we get through that, once we realize that we can be imperfect, flawed, broken; those kinds of things are the ingredients of spirituality.”–Mike Yaconelli

“If the church remains self-righteously aloof from failures, irreligious and immoral people, it cannot enter justified into God’s kingdom. But if it is constantly aware of its guilt and sin, it can live in joyous awareness of forgiveness. The promise has been given to it that anyone who humbles himself will be exalted.” -Brennan Manning

“Ring the bells that still can ring/Forget your perfect offering/There is a crack in everything/That’s how the light gets in.”   –Leonard Cohen,  Anthem

When the Japanese mend broken objects, they aggrandize the damage by filling the cracks with gold. They believe that when something’s suffered damage and has a history it becomes more beautiful. –Barbara Bloom

“When I tell you, “Jesus loves you”, you will probably smile politely, nod and say “I know,” and turn away.  But, once in awhile, lightning will strike, you will look up in stunned amazement, with tears in your eyes, and whisper, “I know.” –unknown

“Accepting the reality of our broken, flawed lives is the beginning of spirituality not because the spiritual life will remove our flaws but because we let go of seeking perfection and, instead, seek God, the one who is present in the tangledness of our lives. ”  — Michael Yaconelli

“Cross Jesus one too many times, fail too often, sin too much, and God will decide to take his love back. It is so bizarre, because I know Christ loves me, but I’m not sure he likes me, and I continually worry that God’s love will simply wear out. Periodically, I have to be slapped in the face with Paul’s words in Romans 8:38′For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.’”   Michael Yaconelli, “Messy Spirituality”

“The great weakness in the North American church at large, and certainly in my life, is our refusal to accept our brokenness. We hide it, evade it, gloss over it. We grab for the cosmetic kit and put on our virtuous face to make ourselves admirable to the public. Thus, we present to others a self that is spiritually together, superficially happy, and lacquered with a sense of self-deprecating humor that passes for humility. The irony is that while I do not want anyone to know that I am judgmental, lazy, vulnerable, screwed up, and afraid, for fear of losing face, the face that I fear losing is the mask of the impostor, not my own!”  -Brennan Manning, “Ruthless Trust”

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