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CONVERSION
[ Also see Christianity Doubt Religion ]

It is pleasant to see a notorious profligate seized with a concern for religion, and converting his spleen into zeal.
      - Joseph Addison

In every sound convert the judgment is brought to approve of the laws and ways of Christ, and subscribe to them as most righteous and reasonable; the desire of the heart is to know the whole mind of Christ; the free and resolved choice of the heart is determined for the ways of Christ, before all the pleasures of sin, and prosperities, of the world; it is the daily care of his life to walk with God.
      - Joseph Alleine

Palaces and pyramids are reared by laying one brick, or block, at a time; and the kingdom of Christ is enlarged by individual conversions.
      - James H. Aughey

Should you suffer your weary soul this day to sink into the arms of that Saviour who rejoices to pardon and is mighty to save, the first entrance of such a word, and the first response of such a faith, would be the date of your better life and the commencement of your union to Christ. The graft has taken. At first the juncture may be very slight--a single thread or fiber--and it is not till you try to part them that you find that they are knit together; that their life is one, and that the force which plucks away the graft must also wound the vine. And your faith may yet be no more than a single filament. It may be only one point of attachment by which you are joined to the Lord Jesus. It may be only one solitary sentence, one isolated invitation or promise, of which you have undoubting hold. But hold it fast. If it be the word of Jesus, cling to it.
      - James H. Aughey

I have known men who thought the object of conversion was to cleanse them as a garment is cleansed, and that when they are converted they were to be hung up in the Lord's wardrobe, the door of which was to be shut, so that no dust could get at them. A coat that is not used the moths eat; and a Christian who is hung up so that he shall not be tempted, the moths eat him; and they have poor food at that.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

It is slow work to be born again.
      - Henry Ward Beecher

And he trembling and astonished said, Lord, what wilt Thou, have me to do?
      - Bible, Acts (ch. IX, v. 6)

In what way, or by what manner of working, God changes a soul from evil to good, how He impregnates the barren rock--the priceless gems and gold--is to the human mind an impenetrable mystery, in all cases alike.
      - Samuel Taylor Coleridge

The most zealous converters are always the most rancorous when they fail of producing conversion.
      - Charles Caleb Colton

Conversion by the Holy Spirit is a spiritual illumination of the soul. God's grace lights up the dark heart. And when a man has once been kindled at the cross of Christ, he is bound to shine.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Conversion is the act of joining our hands to the pierced hand of the crucified Saviour. The new life begins with the taking of Christ's hand, and His taking hold, in infinite love, of our weak hands.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

Every man or woman who turns to Christ must bear in mind that they are breaking with their old master, and enlisting under a new leader. Conversion is a revolutionary process.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

"Follow me!" The publican "rose up." This implied immediate action. It was now or never with him. So you must act with prompt obedience. He did the first thing Jesus bade him do. Are you willing to do as much? If not, you are deciding against Christ, and that means death.
      - Theodore Ledyard Cuyler

As to the value of conversions, God alone can judge. God alone can know how wide are the steps which the soul has to take before it can approach to a community with Him, to the dwelling of the perfect, or to the intercourse and friendship of higher natures.
      - Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

These, by obtruding the beginning of a change for the entire work of new life, will fall under the former guilt.
      - Henry Hammond

A man to be converted has to give up his will, his ways, and his thoughts.
      - Dwight Lyman Moody

You cannot find, I believe, a case in the Bible where a man is converted without God's calling in some human agency--using some human instrument.
      - Dwight Lyman Moody

My observation continues to confirm me more and more in the opinion that to experience religion is to experience the truth of the great doctrines of divine grace.
      - Ichabod Smith Spencer

The evidence of our acceptance in the Beloved arises in proportion to our love, to our repentance, to our humility, to our faith to our self-denial, to our delight in duty. Other evidence than this the Bible knows not--God has not given.
      - Gardiner Spring

Conversion is not, as some suppose, a violent opening of the heart by grace, in which will, reason and judgment are all ignored or crushed. The season is not blinded, but enlightened; and the whole man is made to act with a glorious liberty which it never knew till it fell under the restraints of grace.
      - Charles Haddon Spurgeon


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