Rules for Reformers Quotes

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“Secular conservatism is like trying to use your pocket handkerchief to slow you down after the main chute has failed. This is why individual heart transformation, not legislation, is fundamental to national reformation. The person and work of Jesus is not optional.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 63-65). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“The goal is to preserve and defend everything the Spirit has done in history in such a way as to carry it forward into what the Spirit is going to do.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 72-73). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“If we have Christ, we have all things future, and so we can leave the outcome of our present labors to Him. We don’t have to see the larger end to perform our part in that larger end. And our part is now.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 87-89). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“A reformer does not walk onto the stage to polite applause…When you are attacked by the powers that be, this is not a sign that something has gone dangerously wrong. There is no distinction to be made between working for reformation and picking a fight.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Location 118-120). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“One of the first things a reformer has got to get used to is the experience of being despised and unpopular. Societies do awful things (that which needs to be reformed) because they want to, and the reformer is the one beckoning them to a state of affairs that they don’t much want.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 203-205). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“A reformer has to be the kind of man who can stand up to the clamor of the mob. This is the vertebrate mentality exhibited by Athanasius when he was informed that “the world” was against him. Well, then, he replied, let it be known that Athanasius is contra mundum, against the world. A true reformer gives the PR department fits.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 210-213). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“When they cheat, and we get angry, this is nothing less than us enabling their cheating to work, to have its intended effect. The appropriate response is for them to cheat, and for us to grin.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 237-238). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“But the only reason we fight to save the house from burning is so that we might, led by the Spirit of God over the course of generations, subject the house to a different kind of extreme makeover. The only reason we fight those who want to preserve the house just the way it currently droops is because we want to preserve it in restored glory.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 329-331). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

“Now some of us don’t want to give the commies the time of day— they slaughtered over 100 million people over the course of the last century, and, looking ahead to the next century, they would be happy to do it all over again. Some don’t think we should be the ones with the hangdog expression.”

Wilson, Douglas. Rules for Reformers (Kindle Locations 346-348). Canon Press. Kindle Edition.

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