Quote of Note #77: Being a Distinctive People


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Song sparrow on dry teasel heads; photo by GAC

“The glory of the gospel is that when the Church is absolutely different from the world, she invariably attracts it.  It is then that the world is make to listen to her message, though it may hate it at first.  That is how revival comes.  That must also be true of us as individuals.  It should not be our ambition to be as much like everybody else as we can, though we happen to be Christians, but rather to be as different from everybody who is not a Christian as we can possibly be.  Our ambition should be to be little Christs, the more like him the better, and the more like him we become, the more we shall be unlike everybody who is not a Christian.”

D. Martyn Lloyd-Jones, Studies in the Sermon on the Mount (One Volume Edition).  Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans Publishing Company, 1971, page 37.

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