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The first page of Furious Love Quotes we posted was here, which are different from the ones listed below.
“And if you believe in an all powerful all good God, how can you not believe we’re at war? Because I think it’s rather obvious that this world doesn’t reflect completely the character of an all good all powerful God.” —Gregory Boyd, Author of God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil
“[Western] Christians are not known on the whole for their outrageous love, they’re known for their intolerance, for their judgmentalism, for their hypocrisy, their superiority, their hunger for political power and their desire to control society and whatnot, but they’re not usually known for their outrageous love. That’s not usually the first thing out of people’s mouth. What do you think about these Christians, these born again Christians? ‘Oh they just love outrageously, they don’t judge, they just serve.’
“But see if a fraction of the [Western] church took Jesus’ teaching seriously, to consider your own sin to be a 2×4 sticking out of your eye and anyone else’s sin, whatever it may be, by religious and social standards it’s a mere dust particle, we’d be known as the most humble, self-effacing, servant, loving people on the planet.” —Gregory Boyd, Author of God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil
“God wins us over by the beauty of His character.” —Gregory Boyd, Author of God at War and Satan and the Problem of Evil
“The first time I met Jesus, and I was born again, was during an altar call at a small church, and the first thing He said to me was, ‘I am Jesus and I love you,’ I heard it audibly. The first thing He presented to me was not His power but His love.” —Philip Mantofa, Head Pastor, Mawar Sharon (mega-church of over 30,000 members, 80% of church leadership below age 30) – Surabaya, Indonesia (the largest majority Muslim nation on earth)
“It’s too sad, that many churches don’t believe in young people thinking that all they want in church is just games and such. If we believe like that, how can we want them to believe something that’s beyond their youth? That these young people can respond very well to God and we’ll be surprised by the results. And we see the results today. A lot of the pastors are twenty-something, they’re leading thousands of people or hundreds of people at least.”
—Philip Mantofa, Head Pastor, Mawar Sharon (mega-church of over 30,000 members, 80% of church leadership below age 30) – Surabaya, Indonesia (the largest majority Muslim nation on earth)
“The western church has lagged behind experiencing the power of the Kingdom of God compared to other parts of the world, primarily because we have embraced and accepted a worldview called Naturalism. We have a tendency to believe that the natural world really is all there is, that God heals only through medicine, that spirits are really multiple personality problems and things like that. And people in other parts of the world actually have more of a Biblical worldview when they come to Jesus Christ because they already know that demons are real, they know there’s a spiritual world. They automatically believe God for healing because they’ve seen healing before.” — J.P. Moreland, Theologian and Author of The Kingdom Triangle
“I did my thesis on spiritual warfare and I studied for a long time the weapons of our warfare, because traditionally they say, you know, the Word of God, the blood of Christ, the word of our testimony, which is all true. Very true. But I’ve come to the conclusion after a long time of study; the greatest weapon that we have against the devil, is love. When God wanted to redeem a world that had come into the hands of satan, He did not use spiritual warfare, He used love. And that is one weapon the devil cannot stand, it’s the weapon of simple, pure love.” —Jan Sjoerd Pasterkamp, Pastor/Missionary to the Netherlands
“And there was an interview with a Dutch church historian, and they asked him what did he see about the people of the Dutch church. And he made the most interesting remark. He said, ‘We have dozens of protestant denominations and Christian groups, because,’ he said, ‘to the Dutch person, truth is more important than unity.’ And when I heard it, I thought, ‘I have to write to say in a whole sermon what you said in one sentence’ because, what is truth?
“What he meant by truth, and rightly analyzed, is my interpretation of the Bible, my dogmatic views, my doctrinal views. But Jesus said, ‘I am the truth.’ Truth is not a teaching. Truth is a person, and if you have that person, you have the Truth. And in that person there is always unity. But if we put our understanding of the Scripture and our doctrinal views higher than the person of Jesus, (and I’m going to say maybe something very sharp, and I want to say it respectfully and honorably) we worship idols. Anything you place above the Lord Jesus, is an idol. Our unity is not in a teaching, it’s in a person. And in that person, we always find one another.” —Jan Sjoerd Pasterkamp, Pastor/Missionary to the Netherlands
“And I watch that over, and over and over in people’s lives where they go ‘I don’t like God anymore.’ Something terrible happens in their life, maybe their spouse dies or they lose a child or, all the crazy stories we hear, and they go ‘that’s God’s fault, I blame God for that,’ and they walk away. But God goes, ‘I still love you, I still care about you, and I will set up circumstances so that you will have to try very hard, to not love Me back, because I, in this marriage, I’m the bridegroom, and you’re the bride. And in this marriage, I’m the one pursuing you, I’m the male in this relationship, I’m the pursuer, and I love you way more than you love me, and you can try to reject me and play hard to get, but you have no idea how hard it’s gonna be, to not love me.’” —Kris Vallotton, Associate Pastor, Bethel Church, Redding, CA
“William Booth, the founder of the Salvation Army, said, ‘Church, do something!’ So, what I see is that people, once they realize that Sunday morning is not church they realize that being an influence in their own environment, bringing the Kingdom of God there is [what they can do], so we all have our responsibility, it’s not only [the pastor’s job]. And again, the sheep also are lazy, it’s not only the Pastor. A lot of sheep they think it’s really comfortable when the pastor’s doing everything. So I think the sheep, they have to realize that we all have authority, we all can bring the Kingdom of God here on this earth.” —Mattheus Van Der Steen of Touch Reach & Impact the Nations – Netherlands
“18 pastors in one night, they were all murdered. Then I asked my father, ‘how did this all happen?’ Then he said, ‘I don’t know anything, the mob just went inside the house and they just cut the [pastor], they just separated his [head] from his body.’ … And then I just asked Jesus, ‘Oh God, why is this all happening to us? We didn’t do anything, we didn’t kill that guy, no? Then why are you giving punishment to us?’ Then my mom said that, ‘No, you are lucky that you have been part of this. You know it’s written in the Bible that blessed are the people who are persecuted for the name of Christ.'” — A teenage girl, —survivor of the large scale persecution and murder of Christians in Orissa, India
“A friend of ours wrote and said, ‘It’s Christmas today. We celebrate one who was born to give love. We too learn to die, just like Christ, so our nation gets to know His great love.'” — Missionary to survivors of the large scale persecution and murder of Christians in Orissa, India
“I think we’ve made this relationship with God not about a relationship but about meeting requirements. And so much of what it tells us, even out of the sermons and messages are, ‘How to be a Better You,’ ‘How to Perform Better,’ ‘How to Get More Out of Your Life,’ and everything is sort of, ‘If you do these principles…’
“I even remember a pastor telling me one time that the Christian life is about following principles, and I think back on that and I’m like, ‘No.’ You know, what happens in a love affair, in a relationship, is that in that relationship I know that person and I know what they like, I know what they want and I know what pleases them, and I do those things because I’m motivated by the desire to get closer. And I think that’s what we’ve missed is that we’ve gotten through the checklist, and we’ve gone through that if I do this, I do this, I do this, then I’m in. And I think the difference is that it’s not about a circle that says I’m either in or out, but it’s about, ‘Am I pursuing Christ?’ And the only way I can pursue Christ is to be pursuing and to be going after relationship with him which is going to be motivated by love.” —Robby Dawkins, Pastor of Vineyard Church, Aurora, IL
“And I think that’s where we’ve missed it. I had a dream many years ago that totally revolutionized my theology. Totally changed how I think of doing church. I grew up in church and I grew up in a “keep this [principle], keep this [principle], keep this [principle], and this is what you are.
“I saw the Lord show me this picture of this church filled with drug addicts, with prostitutes, with drug dealers, with gang bangers, with people from all sorts of different crime life, and they were in the church and they were doing everything wrong. They were having sex in the pews, they were drinking, they were doing drugs in the pews, they were selling drugs to each other, everything they were doing was wrong. They were fighting. And I was trying to stop all that.
And I remember at one point I hollered out and I said, ‘If you’re not going to honor God’s house and respect His house then get out!’ Exactly what probably the majority of pastors or leaders would say. And I remember the Lord speaking back to me so clearly and saying, ‘Why would you send away what I’ve sent in? Why would you send away what you’ve been asking for?’ And I said, ‘God, I didn’t ask for this!’ And He said, ‘You asked me for the lost. Now, keep it simple. Love them, and let Me change them.’
And that completely revolutionized how I thought of church, and how I saw evangelism, and everything. And it wasn’t about pointing out to people what they were not doing, but what Christ was inviting them to. ‘Love Me and I’ll change you. Love Me, pursue Me and I’ll do all the hard stuff. I just want you coming after me.'” —Robby Dawkins, Pastor of Vineyard Church, Aurora, IL