J.I. Packer

The pitiable Saviour and the pathetic God of modern pulpits are unknown to the old gospel – J.I. Packer

The Puritans, like the Reformers, glorified marriage – J.I. Packer

Better not to preach at all, they would tell us, than preach beyond the Bible – J.I. Packer #puritans

The Puritan method of ‘opening’ a text (their regular word, and a good one) was, first to explain it in its context – J.I. Packer

Wise preachers will not short-circuit the essential preparatory process, but will continue to press on the seeker’s conscience – J.I. Packer

The criterion of revival is not the excitement and hullabaloo of the meetings, but the fruit of the Spirit – J.I. Packer

As long as the fallen human mind is what it is, the Arminian way of thinking will continue to be a natural type of mistake – J.I. Packer

The Calvinist is the Christian who confesses before men in his theology just what he believes in his heart before God when he prays – J.I. Packer

The old gospel tells men that they need God, but not that God needs them (a modern falsehood) – J.I. Packer

Professions of faith, they said, must be tested before they may be trusted – J.I. Packer #puritans

The battle for our Sundays is usually won or lost on the foregoing Saturday night – J.I. Packer

The Puritans would have criticised the modern evangelistic appeal, with its wheedling for ‘decisions’ – J.I. Packer

The Puritans were devotees of continuous exposition, and have left behind them magnificent sets of expository sermons – J.I. Packer

To the question, “Should one preach doctrine?”, the Puritan answer would have been, “Why, what else is there to preach?” – J.I. Packer

Christ did not win a hypothetical salvation for hypothetical believers, but a real salvation for His own chosen people – J.I. Packer

Whether we call ourselves Calvinists hardly matters; what matters is that we should understand the gospel biblically – J.I. Packer

Calvinism has no interest in negatives; when Calvinists fight, they fight for positive Evangelical values – J.I. Packer

Calvinism is the theology of the Bible viewed from the perspective of the Bible – the God-centred outlook – J.I. Packer

The old gospel has no room for the cheap sentimentalising which turns God’s free mercy to sinners into a softheartedness – J.I. Packer

Christ died to save a certain company of helpless sinners upon whom God had set His free saving love – J.I. Packer

The Arminian: I could not have gained my salvation without Calvary.
The Calvinist: Christ gained my salvation for me at Calvary – J.I. Packer

Calvinism is a whole world-view, stemming from a clear vision of God as the whole world’s Maker and King – J.I. Packer

“I serve a precise God.”
If there were such a thing as a Puritan crest, this would be its proper motto – J.I. Packer

A good conscience, said the Puritans, is the greatest blessing that there is – J.I. Packer

Application is the preacher’s highway from the head to the heart – J.I. Packer

May God give us light to see His truth, consciences to live by it, and conscientiousness to hold it fast in these Laodicean days – J.I. Packer

They saw life whole, and their purpose was that ‘holiness to the Lord’ might be written over it in its entirety – J.I. Packer #puritans

To the Puritan the Bible was in truth the most precious possession that this world affords – J.I. Packer

All Christians need Scripture truth as medicine for their souls at every stage – J.I. Packer

Their belief that all contents of Scripture are either law or gospel led them to an extremely rich exploration of both – J.I. Packer #puritans

God will only prosper our study if we continually exercise ourselves to live by what we learn – J.I. Packer

Few of us, I think, live daily on the edge of eternity in the conscious way that the Puritans did, and we lose out as a result – J.I. Packer

The church is a hospital in which nobody is completely well, and anyone can relapse at any time – J.I. Packer

The Puritans put every ‘doctrine’ (truth) they knew to its proper ‘use’ (application) as a basis for life – J.I. Packer

No greater insult could be offered to the Creator than to neglect his written word – J.I. Packer

They saw life whole, for they saw its Creator as Lord of each department of it – J.I. Packer #puritans

Puritan preaching revolved around the three Rs of biblical religion:
ruin, redemption, regeneration – J.I. Packer

The mind must be instructed and enlightened before faith and obedience become possible – J.I. Packer #puritans

If the Reformers are classic theologians, then the Puritans are classic pastors and spiritual guides – J.I. Packer

In the Christian Church, consciences should be sharp and alert; but are they? – J.I. Packer

Biblical truth is nourishing. Human error is killing. So spiritual shepherds must guard sound doctrine at all costs – J.I. Packer

Making everything ‘holiness to the Lord’ – J.I. Packer #puritans

Theological truth is for practice – J.I. Packer

The Puritans’ awareness that in the midst of the life we are in death, just one step from eternity, gave them a deep seriousness – J.I. Packer

Puritan influence puts me out of step with my time, but much, I think, to my advantage – J.I. Packer

To get the love of Christ in focus changes one’s whole existence – J.I. Packer

Adoption through propitiation:
I do not expect ever to meet a richer or more pregnant summary of the gospel than that – J.I. Packer

On the basis of the Santa Claus theology, sins create no problem and atonement becomes needless – J.I. Packer

Fellowship is one of the great words of the New Testament: it denotes something that is vital to a Christian’s spiritual health – J.I. Packer

What is the best thing in life bringing more joy, delight and contentment than anything else? Knowledge of God – J.I. Packer

The Christian’s motto should not be “Let go and let God” but “Trust God and get going!” – J.I. Packer

We can never distrust ourselves too much – J.I. Packer

Adoption = the highest privilege that the gospel offers – J.I. Packer

Sinners cannot obey the gospel, any more than the law, without renewal of heart – J.I. Packer

Men treat God’s sovereignty as a theme for controversy, but in Scripture it is a matter of worship – J.I. Packer

The Christian who is not conscious of being opposed had better watch himself, for he is in danger – J.I. Packer

God’s mercy to guilty sinners is framed by his holy hostility (wrath) against their sins – J.I. Packer

God saves, not only for his glory, but also for his gladness – J.I. Packer

We should not think of our fellowship with other Christians as an optional addition. It is central to the Church’s true life – J.I. Packer

The Puritans saw themselves as God’s pilgrims traveling home – J.I. Packer

You are not strong enough to fall away while God is resolved to hold you – J.I. Packer

Preaching = letting texts talk – J.I. Packer

What we do every time we pray is to confess our own impotence and God’s sovereignty – J.I. Packer

When we reach the outer limit of what Scripture says, it is time to stop arguing and start worshipping – J.I. Packer

Godliness starts here, with God the sovereign Creator as the first focus of our thoughts – J.I. Packer

We need to discover all over again that worship is natural to the Christian – J.I. Packer

The world is full of people who are unaware that they stand under the wrath of God – J.I. Packer

Holiness is both God’s promised gift and man’s prescribed duty – J.I. Packer

Divine wrath has become taboo. Christians by and large have accepted the taboo and conditioned themselves never to raise the matter – J.I. Packer

Suffering Christianly is an integral aspect of biblical holiness, and a regular part of business as usual for the believer – J.I. Packer

God sends his people both sorrows and joys in order to detach their love from other things and attach it to Himself – J.I. Packer

Conviction of sin is a means, not an end – J.I. Packer

True Christians are people who acknowledge and live under the word of God – J.I. Packer

God is forever what at that moment, three thousand years ago, He told Moses that He was – J.I. Packer

The Christian is at his sanest and wisest when he prays – J.I. Packer

Our Western culture has indulged unwarrantably great thoughts of humanity and scandalously small thoughts of God – J.I. Packer

With all our technological expertise and intellectual arrogance, we have become the cleverest fools in world history – J.I. Packer

Our business is to present the Christian faith clothed in modern terms, not to propagate modern thought clothed in Christian terms – J.I. Packer

The Reformation itself grew out of practical biblical preaching with Christ at the center – J.I. Packer

Repentance, as we know, is basically not moaning and remorse, but turning and change – J.I. Packer

What is a Christian?
The richest answer I know is that a Christian is one who has God for his Father – J.I. Packer

There are few things stressed more strongly in the Bible than the reality of God’s work as Judge – J.I. Packer

There is only one means of evangelism: namely, the gospel of Christ, explained and applied – J.I. Packer

What higher, more exalted and more compelling goal can there be than to know God? – J.I. Packer

The preacher’s job is to proclaim the faith, not to provide entertainment for unbelievers – to feed the sheep, not amuse the goats – J.I. Packer

Disregard the study of God, and you sentence yourself to stumble and blunder through life blindfolded – J.I. Packer

One of the contradictions of fallen human nature is the desire to be lord of what one worships – J.I. Packer

Our understanding of Christianity cannot be better than our grasp of adoption – J.I. Packer

Something is wrong with professed Christians who do not identify with the church, love it, and invest themselves in it – J.I. Packer

The subject of the old gospel was God and His ways with men; the subject of the new is man and the help God gives him – J.I. Packer

There can be no small sins against a great God – J.I. Packer

Doctrinal preaching certainly bores the hypocrites; but it is only doctrinal preaching that will save Christ’s sheep – J.I. Packer

The converted life-style is more significant than any conversion experience – J.I. Packer

The love of God is free, spontaneous, unevoked, uncaused. God loves people because He has chosen to love them – J.I. Packer

We are to order our lives by the light of His law, not by our guesses about His plan – J.I. Packer

The weaker we feel, the harder we lean. The harder we lean, the stronger we grow spiritually – J.I. Packer

God is good to all in some ways (common grace) and to some in all ways (special grace) – J.I. Packer

The Holy Spirit’s main ministry is not to give thrills but to create in us Christlike character – J.I. Packer

Christian credibility requires that truth be not merely defended, but practiced – J.I. Packer

Grace means God moving heaven and earth to save sinners who could not lift a finger to save themselves – J.I. Packer

If our theology does not quicken the conscience and soften the heart, it actually hardens both – J.I. Packer

The traveller through the Bible landscape misses his way as soon as he loses sight of the hill called Calvary – J.I. Packer

The saving power of the cross does not depend on faith being added to it; its saving power is such that faith flows from it – J.I. Packer

To be right with God the Judge is a great thing, but to be loved and cared for by God the Father is greater – J.I. Packer

On our feet we may have arguments about the sovereignty of God, but on our knees we are all agreed – J.I. Packer

The fuzzification of faith has developed in parallel to increasing ignorance of biblical teaching – J.I. Packer

We do not make friends with God; God makes friends with us, bringing us to know Him by making His love known to us – J.I. Packer

What matters supremely is not the fact that I know God, but the larger fact which underlies it – the fact that He knows me – J.I. Packer

Godliness means responding to God’s revelation in trust & obedience, faith & worship, prayer & praise, submission & service – J.I. Packer

Those who know God show great boldness for God – J.I. Packer

Believers rejoice when God is honored and vindicated, and they feel the acutest distress when they see God flouted – J.I. Packer

If we restore majesty in all its meaning to our vocabulary for God, our worship will be invigorated & understanding expanded – J.I. Packer

Knowing God is a relationship calculated to thrill a person’s heart – J.I. Packer

Those who know God have great thoughts of God – J.I. Packer

How may we form a right idea of God’s greatness? We begin by removing from our thoughts of God limits that would make him small – J.I. Packer

We must seek, in studying God, to be led to God – J.I. Packer

He has us in his hands; we never have Him in ours – J.I. Packer

What God does in time, he planned from eternity – J.I. Packer

Nothing can annul God’s eternal truth – J.I. Packer

Those who know God have great energy for God – J.I. Packer

To know Jesus is to be saved by Jesus, here and hereafter, from sin, guilt and death – J.I. Packer

Do not all children of God long to know just as much about our heavenly Father as we can learn? – J.I. Packer

We must turn each truth that we learn ABOUT God into matter for meditation BEFORE God, leading to prayer and praise TO God – J.I. Packer

The Word of God is God at work – J.I. Packer

Through believing in a great God, they gained a vivid awareness of the greatness of moral issues – J.I. Packer about the Puritans

Spiritual warfare made the Puritans what they were. They accepted conflict as their calling, seeing themselves as soldier-pilgrims – J.I. Packer

Ease and luxury, such as our affluence brings us today, do not make for maturity; hardship and struggle however do – J.I. Packer

As their Christianity was all-embracing, so their living was all of a piece – J.I. Packer about the Puritans

He that has learned to feel his sins and to trust Christ as a Saviour, has learned the two hardest and greatest lessons in Christianity – J.I. Packer

North American Protestantism: 3,000 miles wide and half an inch deep. The puritans, by contrast, were giants – J.I. Packer

The Puritans exemplified maturity; we don’t. We are spiritual dwarfs – J.I. Packer

The life of true holiness is rooted in the soil of awed adoration – J.I. Packer

Trying to describe what I do in prayer would be like telling the world how I make love to my wife – J.I. Packer

What we do every time we pray is to confess our impotence and God’s sovereignty – J.I. Packer

Read two old books for every new one – J.I. Packer

Any theology that does not lead to song is, at a fundamental level, a flawed theology – J.I. Packer