I recently had the opportunity to read through almost all of the books of R.C. Sproul. Along the way I built a collection of some of the best quotes from each one of them. Here are several of the best from The Hunger for Significance.
In biblical categories, love functions more as a verb than as a noun. It is concerned more with doing than with feelings; it is defined by action. Love may or may not include warm feelings of affection. When affection is present, that is a bonus, but love can perform without those feelings.
The preacher who smiles benignly from his pulpit assuring us that “God accepts you just the way you are” tells a monstrous lie. He sugarcoats the gospel of love with saccharine grace. God does not accept the arrogant; He turns His back to the impenitent. He maintains love toward His fallen creatures, inviting them back to restored fellowship, but strings are securely attached for we must come on bended knee.
God creates men and moves heaven and earth to redeem them when they fall. Our origin is in creation and our destiny is for redemption. Between these points every human heartbeat has value. The future of our race is not grim as long as a Creator-Redeemer runs the universe. We are not a lost planet wandering aimlessly in space; we are a visited planet with a glorious destiny.
By taking sin seriously, we take man seriously. Evil may mar the divine image and cloud its brilliance, but it cannot destroy it. The image can be defaced, but it can never be erased. The most obscene symbol in human history is the Cross; yet in its ugliness it remains the most eloquent testimony to human dignity.
The sexual dimension of marriage is where couples meet; here in earnest quietude, there in breathless passion and over there is delectable frolic. Sex is at once serious and fun, reverent and playful, tender and exotic; as body meets body and soul joins soul.
The parent who is indifferent to his child’s development and who neglects the training of the child spares the rod, not out of a sense of charity, but because he seeks to avoid the unpleasant duty of administering discipline. Failure to discipline may indicate a lack of self-discipline on the part of the parent. The parent who neglects child discipline loves himself more than he loves the child.