"I would lay it down as a basic proposition that the primary task of the Church is not to educate man, is not to heal him physically or psychologically, it is not to make him happy. I will go further; it is not even to make him good. These are things that accompany salvation; and when the Church performs her true task she does incidentally educate men and give them knowledge and information, she does bring them happiness, she does make them good and better than they were. But my point is that those are not her primary objectives. Her primary purpose is not any of these; it is rather to put man into the right relationship with God, to reconcile man to God" (Lloyd-Jones in Preaching and Preachers pg. 31).
"Acquaint yourselves with yourselves. No man begins to be good till he knows he is bad. Nor can he relish the sweetness of God's mercies who never tasted the bitterness of his own misery . . . A man may be acquainted with the grace of truth who never knew the truth of grace."
William Grimshaw, "The Believer's Golden Chain"
"The only way to make men holy is to teach and preach free and full forgiveness through Jesus Christ. The secret of being holy ourselves is to know and feel that Christ has pardoned our sins.”
J. C. Ryle, Expository Thoughts on the Gospels, on Luke 7:36-50