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Charles Hodge Quotes and Sayings

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All the reasons which require the subjection of a believer
to the brethren of a particular church,
require his subjection to all his brethren in the Lord.
- Charles Hodge

Ruling elders are declared to be the representatives of the people.
- Charles Hodge

The Galatians are severely censured for giving heed to false doctrines,
and are called to pronounce even an apostle anathema,
if he preached another gospel.
- Charles Hodge

All Church power is, therefore, properly ministerial and administrative.
Everything is to be done in the name of Christ,
and in accordance with his directions.
- Charles Hodge

 

The Church, however, is a self-governing society,
distinct from the State, having its officers and laws,
and, therefore, an administrative government of its own.
- Charles Hodge

The office of presbyters is a permanent one.
- Charles Hodge

Our first remark on this subject is that the ministry is an office,
and not merely a work.
- Charles Hodge

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Romanists tell us that the Pope is the vicar of Christ;
that he is his successor as the universal head and
ruler of the Church on earth.
If this is so, he must be a Christ.
- Charles Hodge

When the great promise of the Spirit was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost,
it was fulfilled not in reference to the apostles only.
- Charles Hodge

That the apostolic office is temporary,
is a plain historical fact.
- Charles Hodge

It is a thoroughly anti-christian doctrine that the Spirit of God,
and therefore the life and governing power of the Church,
resides in the ministry, to the exclusion of the people.
- Charles Hodge

The right of the people to a substantive part in the
government of the Church is recognized and sanctioned
by the apostles in almost every conceivable way.
- Charles Hodge

The Popish theory, which assumes that Christ,
the Apostles and believers, constituted the Church
while our Saviour was on earth,
and this organization was designed to be perpetual.
- Charles Hodge

As the Church is the aggregate of believers,
there is an intimate analogy between the experience
of the individual believer,
and of the Church as a whole.
- Charles Hodge

The ultimate ground of faith and knowledge is confidence in God.
- Charles Hodge

The Reformers, therefore, as instruments in the hands of God,
in delivering the Church from bondage to prelates,
did not make it a tumultuous multitude,
in which every man was a law to himself,
free to believe, and free to do what he pleased.
- Charles Hodge

All Church power arises from the indwelling of the Spirit;
therefore those in whom the Spirit dwells are the seat of Church power.
But the Spirit dwells in the whole Church,
and therefore the whole Church is the seat of Church power.
- Charles Hodge

If all Church power vests in the clergy,
then the people are practically bound to passive obedience
in all matters of faith and practice;
for all right of private judgment is then denied.
- Charles Hodge

Original sin is the only rational solution of the undeniable fact of the deep,
universal and early manifested sinfulness of men in all ages,
of every class, and in every part of the world.
- Charles Hodge

The Independent or Congregational theory includes two principles;
first,
that the governing and executive power in the Church is in the brotherhood;
and secondly,
that the Church organization is complete in each worshipping assembly,
which is independent of every other.
- Charles Hodge

So too, in forming a constitution, or in enacting rules of procedure,
or making canons, the people do not merely passively assent,
but actively cooperate.
They have, in all these matters, the same authority as the clergy.
- Charles Hodge

But to be the Vicar of Christ, to claim to exercise
his prerogatives on earth,
does involve a claim to his attributes,
and therefore our opposition to Popery is opposition
to a man claiming to be God.
- Charles Hodge

The Church is everywhere represented as one.
It is one body, one family, one fold,
one kingdom.
It is one because pervaded by one Spirit.
We are all baptized into one Spirit so as to become,
says the apostle, on body.
- Charles Hodge

Our second remark is, that the office is of divine appointment,
not merely in the sense in which the civil powers are ordained of God,
but in the sense that ministers derive their authority from Christ,
and not from the people.
- Charles Hodge

Christ has not only ordained that there shall be such officers in his Church -
he has not only specified their duties and prerogatives -
but he gives the requisite qualifications,
and calls those thus qualified, and by that call gives
them their official authority.
- Charles Hodge

If the Church is a living body united to the same head,
governed by the same laws, and pervaded by the same Spirit,
it is impossible that one part should be independent of all the rest.
- Charles Hodge

The Church, during the apostolic age,
did not consist of isolated, independent congregations,
but was one body, of which the separate churches were constituent members,
each subject to all the rest, or to an authority which extended over all.
- Charles Hodge

There can, therefore, be no doubt that Presbyterians
do carry out the principle that Church power vests in the Church itself,
and that the people have a right to a substantive part
in its discipline and government.
- Charles Hodge

The functions of these elders, therefore,
determine the power of the people; for a representative
is one chosen by others to do in their name what they
are entitled to do in their own persons;
or rather to exercise the powers which radically inhere
in those for whom they act.
- Charles Hodge

There are a hundred valid reasons why something can't be done,
but only one reason, Commitment, why it can.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

I love you because I love you.
You are a part of me, and
I need no reasons to love you.
- Jonathan Lockwood Huie

It is hard enough to remember my opinions,
without also remembering my reasons for them!
- Friedrich Nietzsche

One of the reasons people hate politics is that truth
is rarely a politician's objective.
Election and power are.
- Cal Thomas

A man always has two reasons for doing anything:
a good reason and the real reason.
- J. P. Morgan

Humanity is acquiring all the right technology for all the wrong reasons.
- R. Buckminster Fuller

Patriotism is the willingness to kill and be killed for trivial reasons.
- Bertrand Russell

Nobody climbs mountains for scientific reasons.
Science is used to raise money for the expeditions,
but you really climb for the hell of it.
- Edmund Hillary

Money is better than poverty,
if only for financial reasons.
- Woody Allen

A woman uses her intelligence to find reasons to support her intuition.
- Gilbert K. Chesterton

If you made a list of reasons why any couple got married,
and another list of the reasons for their divorce,
you'd have a hell of a lot of overlapping.
- Mignon McLaughlin

I read that you should never go out with someone
if you can think of three reasons why you shouldn't.
- the movie Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason (2004)

On life's vast ocean diversely we sail.
Reasons the card, but passion the gale.
- Alexander Pope

Once you're a winner, you can give all sorts of reasons why you're a winner.
Of course, you could all those same reasons to explain why a show fails.
- James MacArthur

My level of cynicism about the reasons that took us
to war against Iraq remain just as well-developed as they were before I went.
- Ted Koppel

Status anxiety definitely exists at a political level.
Many Iraqis were annoyed with the US essentially for reasons of status:
for not showing them respect,
for humiliating them.
- Alain de Botton

There are different reasons to make movies.
- Aaron Eckhart

I love scoring goals for England and playing for England.
That's one of the reasons I didn't retire -
I love playing for my country.
- David Beckham

Customs do not concern themselves
with right or wrong or reason.
But they have to be obeyed;
one reasons all around them until he is tired,
but he must not transgress them, it is sternly forbidden.
- Mark Twain

I think the bottom line for me and for Newsweek is
that there were a lot of -
we did retract this specific matter about the Koran
and the toilet for the reasons that you just cited.
- Michael Isikoff

When I came back to Washington to be The Times' chief
congressional correspondent in 1991,
I was looking for a book subject, and Ted Kennedy stood out for two reasons.
- Adam Clymer

It's just such a great miracle when things do work,
and they work for such a wild variety of crazy reasons.
- Laurie Anderson

The animals of the world exist for their own reasons.
They were not made for humans any more than black people were made for white,
or women created for men.
- Alice Walker

There are a lot of issues that I hope we deal with
at some point that we haven't up to now,
for various reasons.
Some technical, and some more political.
- Will Wright

Youth doesn't reason, it acts.
The old man reasons and would like to make the others act in his place.
- Francis Picabia

Give your decisions, never your reasons;
your decisions may be right,
your reasons are sure to be wrong.
- James Mansfield

Middle age is when a guy keeps turning off lights for
economical rather than romantic reasons.
- Lillian Gordy Carter

People go to church for the same reasons they go to a tavern:
to stupefy themselves,
to forget their misery, to imagine themselves,
for a few minutes anyway, free and happy.
- Mikhail Bakunin

Metaphysics is the finding of bad reasons for what
we believe upon instinct;
but to find these reasons is no less an instinct.
- F. H. Bradley

So I think you have to marry for the right reasons,
and marry the right person.
- Anne Bancroft

A man generally has two reasons for doing a thing.
One that sounds good, and a real one.
- J. P. Morgan

I grow plants for many reasons: to please my eye or to please my soul,
to challenge the elements or to challenge my patience,
for novelty or for nostalgia, but mostly for the joy in seeing them grow.
- David Hobson

There are two reasons why I'm in show business,
and I'm standing on both of them.
- Betty Grable

I feel that L.A.
has not always been my strongest base for support.
That can be for various reasons.
- Sonny Rollins

I keep a guitar around while writing and will improvise music.
I do this for several reasons, such as that it's fun,
and sometimes it helps me with the meter.
- Jack Prelutsky

If the Eagles were to get back together,
it would have to be for the right reasons.
I think it would look awful if it were just for the money.
- Glenn Frey

Some men have thousands of reasons why they cannot do what they want to,
when all they need is one reason why they can.
- Martha Graham

If there's specific resistance to women making movies,
I just choose to ignore that as an obstacle for two reasons:
I can't change my gender,
and I refuse to stop making movies.
- Kathryn Bigelow

For a variety of reasons, we are not producing at a
given level of economic activity the jobs we used to have.
- Tim Bishop

We do have our finger on the pulse of the marketplace,
if for no other reasons than having all these live
events and listening to our audience all the time.
- Vince McMahon

Unfortunately, the reality was that,
for political reasons or whatever,
there was a need to enforce antidiscrimination laws,
or at least there was a perceived need to do that.
- Clarence Thomas

People are generally better persuaded by the reasons
which they have themselves discovered than by those
which have come in to the mind of others.
- Blaise Pascal


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