Aaron Armstrong

Aaron Armstrong is the author of Awaiting a Savior and Contend. He is a writer, speaker, and stereotype Instagrammer. Aaron blogs daily at Blogging Theologically.

You Can’t Move “Beyond” the Gospel

B.B. Warfield: There is nothing in us or done by us, at any stage of our earthly development, because of which we are acceptable to God.We must always be accepted for Christ’s sake, or we cannot ever be accepted at all. This is not true of us only when we believe. It...

How Do You Become Poor in Spirit?

Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from Studies in The Sermon on the Mount (Kindle Edition): How does one therefore become `poor in spirit'? The answer is that you do not look at yourself or begin by trying to do things to yourself. That was the whole error of monasticism. Those...

The Orator and the Preacher

P.T. Forsyth, from Positive Preaching and Modern Mind: The Christian preacher is not the successor of the Greek orator, but of the Hebrew prophet. The orator comes with but an inspiration, the prophet comes with a revelation. In so far as the preacher and prophet had...

Be Different from the World

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, from Preaching and Preachers (pp 139-140): The fact is that the world expects us to be different; and this idea that you can win the world by showing that after all you are very similar to it, with scarcely any difference at all, or but a very...

The Sincerity of Our Profession

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: The sincerity of our profession much depends upon the care we exercise in keeping our hearts. Most certainly, that man who is careless of the frame of his heart, is but a hypocrite in his profession, however eminent he be in the...

Self is the Poise of the Unrenewed Heart

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: To keep the heart, necessarily supposes a previous work of regeneration, which has set the heart right, by giving it a new spiritual inclination, for as long as the heart it not set right by grace as to in habitual frame, no...

The Snare of Prosperity

John Flavel, from On Keeping the Heart: It may keep one more humble and watchful in prosperity, to consider that among Christians many have been much the worse for it. How good had it been for some of them, if they had never known prosperity! When they were in a low...

The Stern and Holy Christ

R.C.H. Lenski: The stern and holy Christ, the indignant, mighty Messiah, the Messenger of the Covenant of whom it is written: "He shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the Lord an offering of righteousness," is not...

The Bold and Indignant Christ

C.H. Spurgeon: Brethren, the Savior's character has all goodness in all perfection; he is full of grace and truth. Some men, nowadays, talk of him as if he were simply incarnate benevolence. It is not so. No lip ever spoke with such thundering indignation against sin...

The Stern-Visaged Christ

Thomas Carlyle: How different is that honey-mouthed, tear-stained, soup-kitchen Jesus Christ of our poor shovel-hatted modern Christians from that stern-visaged Christ of the gospels, proclaiming aloud in the marketplace (with such a total contempt of the social...

One Thing

What’s the one thing God is asking you to do right now—that you’re not sure you want to do? Maybe you’re reading that question and thinking, “There’s nothing I can think of. I’m pretty sure I’m being obedient to what He’s asking.” Or maybe you’re reading the question...

The Inflammatory Christ

Dorothy Sayers: I believe it is a grave mistake to present Christianity as something charming and popular with no offence in it. Seeing that Christ went about the world giving the most violent offense to all kinds of people, it would seem absurd to expect that the...

A Plague of Worldliness

J.C. Ryle from his classic work, Holiness (as published in Faithfulness and Holiness: The Witness of J. C. Ryle, p. 117): It has long been my sorrowful conviction that the standard of daily life among professing Christians in this country has been gradually falling. I...