Sentence Sermons (Christian Inspiration) #17 --- Commandments of God

Quotations on the Commandments of God

There is no good citizenship where the ten commandments are not kept; no safe political movements, no social reforms that are abiding that are not modeled on the ten commandments.

—Billy Sunday, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., Feb. 18, 1924.

The Ten Commandments are not ten laws but one law and if you break one part of it you are guilty of all, because that shows you care nothing for the others.

—Billy Sunday, Jackson Daily News, Jackson, Miss., Feb. 1, 1925.

The Ten Commandments were intended as a barricade of safety.

—Ernest C. Wareing, Western Christian Advocate, Cincinnati, Ohio, June 14, 1928.

The Ten Commandments are ten spheres of duty, each of them representing a central sphere from which extend a great number of duties to humanity.

—William M. Anderson, Sr., Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, March 13, 1911.

The Ten Commandments form the moral constitution of the universe. This constitution has never been amended or changed. When anyone violates the moral laws, when one's conduct is contrary to the provisions of this constitution, that one must pay the penalty.

—Ulmer S. Bird, Panhandle Herald, Panhandle, Texas, Aug. 7, 1928.

Christ never gave a command without giving an opportunity to carry out the command. How important it is that we seize the opportunity and work while we may. ... With the opportunity comes the responsibility. For every unused opportunity in this world we shall be held responsible.

—C. Polk Goodson, Austin Daily Statesman, Austin, Texas, Feb. 25, 1901.

Love seeks to know the commandments of God, that it may do them, and is never satisfied with the form of service without the spirit, knowing that the latter killeth, but that the spirit maketh alive.

—B.J.W. Graham, Christian Index, Atlanta, Ga., Feb. 18, 1915.

In the Ten Commandments the world has its greatest moral code. The Ten Commandments rest on the principle that God claims authority over the moral life of man.

—A. Preston Gray, The Shreveport Times, Shreveport, La., July 23, 1928.

There is no law in God's mind, which is the source of all law, which could be hostile to a mind which flows in harmony with his own.

—Burris A. Jenkins, Houston Daily Post, Houston, Texas, June 12, 1916.

The ten commandments are law because of our relations to God and to each other. God gave the ten commandments as the law of life because they are the true statements of right relations between God and mankind and among men whose conduct should be regulated by the commandments which limit our love of the one eternal God, supreme ruler of the universe and the only subject of our worship and love.

—F.C. McConnell, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., Aug. 19, 1926.

We do not keep the commandments of God to be regimented. Commandments were given for our happiness, joy and peace.

—Clifford E. Young, Ogden Standard-Examiner, Ogden, Utah, Jan. 28, 1946.

We may think the Ten Commandments don't count and that we can break the laws of God, but when we do they have a habit of breaking us and our hatreds and prejudices create the whirlwind.

—John P. Jockinsen, St. Petersburg Times, St. Petersburg, Fla., Nov. 21, 1938.

Every commandment of God is a gracious inspiration and benediction. They are not grievous any more than lighthouses on the sea. They are warming, saving, guiding beacons.

—H.W. Knickerbocker, Houston Post-Dispatch, Houston, Texas, March 25, 1929.

The ten commandments, as we call the moral law, contains the germ of every human duty. They are universal in their application. The race has outgrown other ethical systems, but it cannot outgrow the ten commandments. These commandments are the vertebral column of morality, the summary of ethics, the framework of equitable society, the axioms of divine legislation.

—J. Benjamin Lawrence, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., July 10, 1911.

Only the person who will be disciplined by the Ten Commandments can hope to be protected by them.

—Browning Ware, Beaumont Enterprise, Beaumont, Texas, April 26, 1968.

The Ten Commandments and the Sermon on the Mount are not something man might outgrow, but rather are what man might grow to.

—Charles L. Allen, The Atlanta Constitution, Atlanta, Ga., April 2, 1955.

The Ten Commandments are written in the very nature of our social structure. They could no more be repealed than the law of gravitation.

—Rollin H. Walker, Christian Advocate, Chicago, Ill., Jan. 10, 1946.

The Ten Commandments are God's efficiency rules. The Golden Rule of Jesus is His law for industry. The teachings of Jesus provide the foundation, furnish the motives, develop the qualities, emphasize the ideals, create, cultivate and maintain the atmosphere through which progress moves with any guarantee of safety and perpetuity."

—F.F. Brown, Baptist Message, Shreveport, La., May 13, 1926.

The Ten Commandments are the transcript of God's moral nature. The moral and civil law are bound up in the same bundle and both are ordained of God.

—William Fred Galbraith, Dallas Morning News, Dallas, Texas, Aug. 4, 1924.

We make a mistake if we think of these basic laws of God as merely commandments to govern human life. They are commandments. However, they are also statements of principles of life that must always exist in our relationships with others, if life is to have meaning, orderliness, hope and outlook. Human laws, made by our governing bodies, often change so fast that we may be found breaking a law without knowing it. It is never so with the eternal laws of God. Conditions may arise in which it is necessary for people to change their laws. It is never necessary to change a principle of life. It has always been wrong and always will be wrong to lie or steal. It is on such principles of life that these great laws of God are founded.

—Ewing T. Wayland, The Louisiana Methodist, Little Rock, Ark., July 23, 1964.

Too many fellows quote the ten commandments and forget to ever use an I in place of thou.

—W.A. MacKenzie, Florida Times-Union, Jacksonville, Fla., Oct. 14, 1922.

God's laws are His shorthand descriptions of the ideal man.

—James DeForest Murch, Christian Standard, Cincinnati, Ohio, July 31, 1937.

God gave the Ten Commandments that man may measure his shortcomings, his failure to attain the desired purposes of God.

—Cleveland Smith, The Daily Iberian, New Iberia, La., July 7, 1956.

God's laws are deeply set in the intellectual, volitional and moral nature of man. God writes these laws on the tablets of human hearts. ... Law is inviolable. We cannot thwart it, and we dare not disregard it. In attempting to do so we only violate ourselves. God's will as expressed in universal laws is absolutely sovereign. Disloyalty to any law of our being is rebellion against God.

—J.E. Nunn, Amarillo Daily News, Amarillo, Texas, Aug. 14, 1937.

The ten commandments assert the dignity and freedom of man. They marked an epoch in the history of the human race and they stand today solemn, steadfast and immutable, uninjured and unaltered by the waste of time. But the ten commandments are after all an external law. They represent in their literal and superficial meaning the minimum of righteousness. ... They need the sermon on the mount to interpret and apply them. Obedience is worthless unless it be from the heart. The divine light from the life of Jesus Christ penetrates the motives of the human heart and divides asunder the joints and marrow of revelation. What kind of morality is that which is just correct enough to evade the clutches of the law? What kind of obedience is that which stops short at the literal command--which hides itself behind the mere verbal quibble, which takes refuge in mere omissions, or mere technical interpretation? The obedience must be from the heart. It must spring with a glad mind from an educated conscience.

—Thomas Frank Gailor, The Daily Picayune, New Orleans, La., March 29, 1897.

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