On this page we provide a variety of interesting quotes from Christian writers and preachers which we hope to update from time to time, along with links to other writings by those quoted.

"'I saw also the Lord', The prophet Isaiah, 6:1.... This was the foundation and rise of the ministry of Isaiah, and it is, more or less, the foundation and rise of all ministry that has any authority, old or new testament, from the beginning of the world to the end of it: 'I saw - saw - also the Lord.'

Without that, the claim to a Christian ministry is the lowest, and indeed, the vilest of hypocrisies. With it, why turn to man, man's teaching, man's schooling, man's authority, or man's ordination? Why? None of those did, who were sent of God throughout all the scriptures: 'I saw also the Lord.' A supernatural manifestation.

This was that out of which Isaiah ministered, and which gave authority for and to his ministry.


And until the present-day usurpers, pretenders, and 'authorities', cease preventing the ministry of Christ from heaven, the ministry of the Spirit, the ministry of righteousness, from reaching the people, that people, under their present leprous teachers and rulers, will never know the revelation of Jesus Christ. Why not? Because the word 'Ichabod' has been written over the portals of that wherein they hope to be saved.

Then, let the people come out from among them with weeping, mourning, and heart-broken self-judgment, in pentience seeking the LORD with all that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. No matter how few or poor they may be, only that they may be found together in one body, having the same mind and the same judgment, all speaking the same thing.

Let them come together with meekness and lowliness of mind, united in one Spirit, under the one ministry of Christ. That is, the ministry sent from the Head in the excellent glory, for obedience to the faith among all nations, for his name, Romans 1:1-5."

John Metcalfe
From the booklet "The Heavenly Vision".

"Through the preaching of the Gospel God gathers and unites His people together as One Body in Christ , as a pool of light separated from, divided from, the darkness of the world around them. The Adversary, however, constantly seeks to do the opposite. He loves to keep God's people united with the world, and with the world's religion, and divided from one another, and from the truth. So may God give us grace to recognise what is the rightful separation of light from darkness, of truth from error, of the Body of Christ from the world, and what is the true unity of the saints in the Gospel of God's Son, the Lord Jesus Christ... and to stand fast therein."

Ian Potts (21st May 2007)

"Light in God's Light. Psalm 36:9, Isaiah 60:19

In darkness born, I went astray,
And wandered from the gospel way;
And since the Saviour gave me sight,
I cannot see without his light.

So poor, and blind, and lame I am,
My all is bound up in the Lamb;
And blessed am I when I see
My spirit's inmost poverty.

I cannot walk without his might,
I cannot see without his light;
I can have no access to God,
But through the merits of his blood.

It makes me feel my ruined state,
It lays my soul at mercy's gate;
And Jesus smiles at such a guest;
And cheers him with a heavenly feast."

John Berridge - 748 in Gadsby's Hymns

"The saving revelation of grace in the new birth is not the revelation of Christ to me, but the revelation of Christ in me (Gal. 1:15-16); and Christ revealed in me is “Christ in you the hope of glory” (Col. 1:27)."

Don Fortner
Grace Baptist Church
Danville, Kentucky

"Election was never a hindrance to my seeking the Lord when I was in concern of my soul, for if I had known there was only one person in Croydon going to be saved, I could not have rested till I knew that I was that one."

By Francis Covell (1808-1879) who was a preacher who became a great friend of J.C. Philpot. Indeed Philpot sat under Covell's ministry at Croydon in his latter years. Covell began preaching in his own home and his ministry proved to be a blessing to many. Remarkably he was afflicted by a terrible natural stammer which the Lord removed when he began to preach the Gospel.

"The Christian's Spiritual Voyage. Psalm 107:23-28

Jesus, at thy command
I launch into the deep;
And leave my native land,
Where sin lulls all asleep;
For thee I would the world resign,
And sail to heaven with thee and thine.

Thou art my Pilot wise;
My compass is thy word;
My soul each storm defies,
While I have such a Lord;
I trust thy faithfulness and power,
To save me in the trying hour.

Though rocks and quicksands deep
Through all my passage lie;
Yet Christ will safely keep,
And guide me with his eye;
My anchor, hope, shall firm abide,
And I each boisterous storm outride.

By faith I see the land -
The port of endless rest;
My soul, thy sails expand,
And fly to Jesus' breast!
O may I reach the heavenly shore
Where winds and waves distress no more.

Whene'er becalmed I lie;
And storms forbear to toss;
Be thou, dear Lord, still nigh;
Lest I should suffer loss;
For more the treacherous calm I dread,
Than tempters bursting o'er my head.

Come, Holy Ghost, and blow
A prosperous gale of grace;
Waft me from all below
To heaven, my destined place,
Then, in full sail, my port I'll find,
And leave the world and sin behind."

R. De Courcy - 294 in Gadsby's Hymns

"If you can’t do without God, He won’t do without you."

Francis Covell (1808-1879).

"You will, I doubt not, agree with me when I say that a great change has taken place, during the last sixty years, in the principles maintained by the Particular Baptist churches. It was once the glory of these churches, that they contended earnestly for the doctrines of sovereign discriminating grace, even when a disposition appeared too generally amongst professors to relax on these points, and to accommodate matters with the world; a disposition much lamented and deprecated by the servants of Christ. Dr. Gill has distinctly foretold its pernicious effects, which have been only too visible in our own churches. In his sermon on "The Watchman’s Answer," &c., he says, "Of late years there has been a very visible decline, and a night is coming on, which we are entered into; the shadows of the evening are stretching out apace upon us, and the signs of the eventide are very manifest, and will shortly appear yet more and more: coldness and indifference in spiritual things, a want of affection to God, Christ, his people, truths and ordinances, may easily be observed; the first love is left; iniquity abounds, and the love of many waxes cold; and it will wax yet colder and colder, and will issue in a general forsaking of assembling together, and in an entire neglect of the ministers of the gospel; when such who have been professors themselves will be shy of them, and carefully shun them," &c. Now, what would this holy man say, were he at present alive, to find his words fulfilled so soon in his own denomination? What an alteration must have taken place amongst us, when there are now very few to be found who maintain the same glorious truths for which Dr. Gill was so able an advocate, and the few who do, are no longer cordially received into our pulpits or tolerated in our associations! Men have risen up amongst us everywhere speaking perverse things; the churches have been gradually drawn aside by them, until at length professors will not endure sound doctrine, but are yearly heaping to themselves such teachers as will gratify their itching ears.

Mr. Fuller appears to have been a kind of a leader in this defection, at least he considered his own publications to have conduced not a little to the change. Writing to a friend on this subject, he expresses himself, says his biographer, in the following strong and pointed language:—"When I first published my treatise on the nature of faith, and the duty of all men who hear the gospel to believe it, the Christian profession had sunk into contempt among us; insomuch that had matters gone on but a few years longer, the Baptists would have become a perfect dunghill in society." Strong and pointed language indeed! yet it must really be confessed that this was in a great degree the case. The truth is, that the principles maintained at that time by the Baptists were such as to render them odious to the public. They never could maintain those principles inviolably, and at the same time be generally esteemed a respectable body of professing Christians. They were distinctly forewarned by the Lord himself, that they should be hated of all men for his sake; that if they kept his words, the world would hate them, even as it had hated him. If the doctrine he taught caused the Master of the house to be despised and rejected of men; if, for the same cause, the apostles were esteemed as the filth of the world, the offscouring of all things,—what right had these Baptists to complain, if while holding in their measures the same truths, their profession became contemptible, and their churches considered a perfect dunghill in society? Complain! No, it was the highest honor they were capable of in this life. If to them it was given on the behalf of Christ, not only to believe in him, but also to suffer for his sake, they ought to have rejoiced that they were counted worthy to suffer shame for his name. And I doubt not many of them did. Dr. Gill, when declaring his determination to go on preaching a free and finished salvation in the face of all opposition, adds: "I am not afraid of the reproaches of men; I have been inured to these from my youth upwards, but none of these things move me."

But, as I have already said, the case is very different now. Since Mr. Fuller’s principles have obtained amongst us, we are no longer offensive to the world; or, to use his strong language, we are no longer a dunghill in society. The offense of the cross has, in a great degree, ceased in reference to our doctrine, our profession, and our preaching. And to add to our respectability, we have amongst us a number of rational polite ministers; men whose minds are too enlightened, too liberal, to insist much on the distinguishing doctrines of the gospel, and who are, consequently, rolling along in the full stream of earthly reputation. They speak according to the world and the world heareth them. But with all these advantages, what have we lost? O God! thou knowest what we have lost! Our profession is offensive; but alas! we have lost much of the comfort of the Holy Ghost. We have gained ease and tranquility; but we have lost in a great degree, the sensible enjoyment of the Lord’s special presence. We are no more odious to society; but the Holy Spirit is remarkably withdrawn: that adorable Person is grieved; the power of godliness is almost gone; and, in many instances, the form is ready to depart also."

William Rushton
Taken from his 1831 work "Particular Redemption" in which he refutes the erroneous doctrine taught by Andrew Fuller regarding Christ's atonement of sinners. Here he describes the effect that 'Fullerism' had upon the spiritual state of the churches at his time. The description could easily be applied to many congregations of our own day whose ministers have become enchanted by the 'Arminianism in Calvinist clothing' of that teaching put forth by Fuller. Rushton's work has recently been republished by Go Publications and is highly commended to all. See the "Books" page for details and their website for information on how to order from them.

"A man's free will cannot cure him even of a toothache or a sore finger, and yet he madly thinks it is in his power to cure his soul of sin. Actually, the greatest judgment which God Himself can in this present life inflict upon a man is to leave that man in the hand of HIS OWN BOASTING FREE-WILL!"

Augustus Toplady

"There is no greater evidence of spiritual death than that which is revealed when men and women sit under the message of the gospel on Sunday morning and then go into the day totally unmoved in heart by the wonders of Christ and Him crucified. I do not look for a man to be a murderer, a thief, a liar or an adulterer to believe he is spiritually dead. The greatest indicator of the true state of man before the Living God is his response to the wondrous gospel of God’s grace in Christ."

Gary Shepard
Sovereign Grace Baptist Church
Jacksonville, NC

"The Gospel of God's grace in Christ Jesus is not a thing to be proved, but truth to be believed. It is not submitted to our reasoning powers as a subject for critical examination. The gospel is a MESSAGE FROM GOD, addressed to the conscience, feelings, and affections. For this reason, men fond of argument and proving everything by strictly logical deduction generally make very poor preachers. In the Scriptures, God does not argue, He proclaims!"

J.C. Philpot

"There are three things in the great mysteries of salvation that many professors of religion seem almost alarmed at. One is that God really saves sinners. If a minister of Jesus Christ is led to describe a sinner half as he really is, for to the bottom of him he never can, he shocks their delicate minds, and they are almost paralyzed, and call it the high road of licentiousness to suppose that God saves such naughty sinners as those; whilst a poor soul under the quickening, enlightening, teaching energy of God the Spirit, fears that his case is desperate, and if God sends a minister of truth, who hits upon such a desperate case, and points it out as one that the Lord has in hand, the poor creature is astonished, and wonders where he has been; for he never heard that. Another branch of truth that men seem almost alarmed at, is the method that God takes in saving those sinners. If we come to trace salvation to its spring-head, God's electing love--"O! This is horrifying. We must not talk about election in these polite days. If we believe in it, we must put other words for it, and say, 'The Lord's people,' and 'The Lord's family,' and 'The pious;' but never talk about 'election;'" and thus the doctrine of God's discriminating, electing love is discarded. And then another branch of divine truth, that men seem alarmed at, is the power of God the Spirit in making this salvation known to the conscience, and bringing it with divine power and majesty to the heart and maintaining it there as the poor sinner sojourns in this wilderness. Some people are alarmed at all the three, and some only at the last; some of them will chatter about election till their tongues almost cleave to the roof of their mouth; but if you insist upon vital godliness, the power of God the Holy Ghost in the conscience producing a corresponding conduct, they will call you an enthusiastic legalist. And thus divine things are set at nought on one hand or the other. But God will vindicate his own honour, and "make bare his arm," and bring his loved ones at some period or other to adopt the language of our text: "The Lord hath done great things for us, whereof we are glad.""

William Gadsby
Taken from the introduction to the sermon
"The Great Things God Has Done For His People".

"The Holy Spirit is often set forth by the well-known emblem of fire: hence we read of the "spirit of judgment and the spirit of burning;" and of men being "baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire." The first of these signifies the illuminating operations of the Spirit; the fire is the love of God shed abroad in the heart by the Spirit; and men thus furnished for the work of the ministry are called, as John was, burning and shining lights, John, v. 35; taking their title from their fiery baptism. "He maketh his angels spirits, and his ministers a flaming fire," Heb. i. 7. And I believe the seraphim, in the sixth chapter of Isaiah, to be nothing else but hieroglyphical of gospel ministers; for the name signifies "fiery, burning," or rather "inflaming." There is, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, such a burning love as no water can quench, nor flood drown, accompanied with a fiery zeal for God and his cause. And in the light of the Spirit there are such views of Christ's person, loveliness, and fulness, and such beauties in God, his word, and ways, as give heat and fervour to all our devotions; while the promises which flow into the heart, come as live coals from the altar, and increase the ardour; and the joy that springs from love is, at times, the visible flames which on the altar ascend to God from the hallowed fire within, which is pent up in the heart till the flames of joy give it vent. Under this influence there is a thirst for the salvation of sinners, a watching for their souls, a longing after their welfare, hard labour in studying and preaching to them, many earnest prayers and tears to God for success in the work, an earnest desire after them as fellow sinners and fellow-creatures; all which are heightened by a true sight of their undone estate, a knowledge of the terrors of the Lord, and the certainty of their endless destruction out of Christ. And such labourers, having felt both the pains of hell and joys of heaven, they alarm and warn them to flee from the wrath to come, and labour to allure and win them to embrace the refuge and the hope that is set before them. What hard labour and soul travail, what earnest prayers and bitter cries, what holy longings and fervent hopes of success in this holy calling, I mean that of being fishers of men, do fall to the lot of those who are called of God to labour in the word and doctrine!"

William Huntington S.S. (strangely dismissed by some as 'Hyper-Calvinistic'...) describing the burden for souls laid upon the heart of preachers by the Holy Spirit.
Taken from "The Saint's Seed-Time And Harvest".

This and other writings of Huntington can be read in the publication "The Fountain of Life" details of which are on the "Books" page.

"If you deny [Christ] to be a sinner and accursed, deny also that he was crucified and was dead. But if it be not absurd to confess and believe that Christ was crucified between two thieves, then it is not absurd to say that he was accursed, and of all sinners the greatest."

Martin Luther, speaking of what Christ was made to be vicariously for sinners during the hours of darkness at the cross in order that they might become the righteousness of God in Him (2 Corinthians 5:21). Taken from his commentary on the epistle to the Galatians.
For the context see also...
  • "He hath made him sin" and
  • Christ... made a curse for us
  • "‘Salvation is of the LORD.’ It is all of God. It is not that the Son did a general work, and man can go and fetch it. What? Sinners under wrath; souls at enmity; those dead in sin go and fetch it? First, they wouldn’t; Second, they couldn’t.

    Never. No, not condemned; bound; slaves of Satan; born in sin; under the bondage of the will; their carnal minds at enmity with God; dead before God.

    Fetch salvation? They don’t want it; they can’t reach it; their blind eyes can’t see it; and their withered arm of free will on their corpses of death are incapable of grasping it.

    But the love of God can bring it. And this is the work of the Holy Ghost: to bring salvation, and cause it inwardly to appear, in the light of the glorious evangel of Christ. Then men believe, and believing, rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory."

    John Metcalfe
    From the book "Salvation".

    "Every religion except one puts you upon doing something in order to recommend yourself to God... It is the business of all false religion to patch up a righteousness in which the sinner is to stand before God. But it is the business of the glorious gospel to bring near to us, by the hand of the Holy Spirit, a righteousness ready wrought, a robe of perfection ready made, wherein God's people, to all the purposes of justification and happiness, stand perfect and without fault before the throne."

    Augustus Toplady.

    "When I am weak, and distressed, and alone, and none to receive my tale of sorrow, none to express a word of fellow-feeling or care for me, in the living oracles of the gospel I see divine wisdom and lovingkindness looking at me tenderly, compassionately, through the openings of my prison, and I feel that He who dresses the lily of the field, and numbers the sparrows, is near me, numbering the hairs of my head, listening to my cries, in all the treasures of His grace and power. He is the same gracious Redeemer and Preserver to every one that believes in His name."

    Christmas Evans
    Taken from the book "Christmas Evans" by B.A. Ramsbottom.

    "Without a knowledge of the plague, there can be no experience of the cure. Without sin and judgment being inwritten, so that one believes and trembles, then all need of the cross, all necessity of Golgotha, remains but a theory in the head."

    John Metcalfe
    From the book "Saving Faith".

    "Be of good cheer, Master Ridley, and play the man, for we shall this day light such a candle in England as I trust by God's grace shall never be put out."

    Hugh Latimer
    As he was burnt at the stake in October 1555.

    "As I cannot get a DD for the want of cash, neither can I get an MA for the want of learning; therefore I am compelled to fly for refuge to SS, by which I mean Sinner Saved; or, that I am made wise to salvation; or, as Luke expresses it, 'I have had the knowledge of salvation by the forgiveness of my sins.'"

    William Huntington S.S.
    The Preface to "The Kingdom of Heaven Taken by Prayer".

    Click here to read William Huntington's "Coalheaver's Confession".

    "Seven elements which distinguish the real gospel, the new covenant, from imitations:

    the free grace of God as the cause of salvation;
    peace with God as the result of salvation;
    Christ as the heart of salvation;
    Christ's death and resurrection as the means of salvation;
    deliverance as the hallmark of salvation;
    the will of God as the source of salvation
    the glory of God as the purpose of salvation."

    "The gospel is of divine origin, made known to Paul 'through the revelation of Jesus Christ'. It is revealed, unique, Christ-centred, perfect, complete and eternal in its conception, validity and effects. This revealed gospel differs from all 'gospels' of human origin in that its purpose is to glorify God, rather than to please man."

    Edgar Andrews
    Extracts from the book "Free in Christ".

    "For the law was given by Moses, but grace and truth came by Jesus Christ."
    John 1:17