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Charles Colson Quote: “The true mark of a Christian leader is trying to build up other people. Raise up other leaders!”

The true mark of a Christian leader is trying to build up other people. Raise up other leaders!

— Charles Colson



Charles Colson Quote: “The Bible-banned, burned, beloved-is more widely read and more frequently attacked than any other book in history.”

The Bible-banned, burned, beloved-is more widely read and more frequently attacked than any other book in history.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Removing religious symbols from public places is not neutrality. On the contrary, it sends a highly negative message – that religion is something shameful, embarrassing, or at best strictly private.”

Removing religious symbols from public places is not neutrality. On the contrary, it sends a highly negative message – that religion is something shameful, embarrassing, or at best strictly private.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Some say society must change in order to change people. No, people must be changed in order to change society.”

Some say society must change in order to change people. No, people must be changed in order to change society.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The church is the only institution supernaturally endowed by God. It is the one institution of which Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.”

The church is the only institution supernaturally endowed by God. It is the one institution of which Jesus promised that the gates of hell will not prevail against it.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The Bible’s historical accuracy is a reminder that while “the heavens declare the glory of God,” there’s also plenty of evidence among the rubble and ruins.”

The Bible’s historical accuracy is a reminder that while “the heavens declare the glory of God,” there’s also plenty of evidence among the rubble and ruins.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Our society’s obsession with tolerance leads to intolerance. Simply being a Christian today is an offense to our culture.”

Our society’s obsession with tolerance leads to intolerance. Simply being a Christian today is an offense to our culture.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “We humans, you see, have an infinite capacity for self-rationalization.”

We humans, you see, have an infinite capacity for self-rationalization.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Remain at your post and do your duty – for the glory of God and His kingdom.”

Remain at your post and do your duty – for the glory of God and His kingdom.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Redeeming culture is the never ending mission of the church.”

Redeeming culture is the never ending mission of the church.

— Charles Colson



Charles Colson Quote: “What we do flows from who we are.”

What we do flows from who we are.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The church’s job is to equip the saints for works of service in the world.”

The church’s job is to equip the saints for works of service in the world.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “You are called not to be successful or to meet any of the other counterfeit standards of this world, but to be faithful and to be expended in the cause of serving the risen and returning Christ.”

You are called not to be successful or to meet any of the other counterfeit standards of this world, but to be faithful and to be expended in the cause of serving the risen and returning Christ.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Frontline love. It is our one hope for breaking down barriers and for restoring the sense of community, of caring for one another, that our decadent, impersonalized culture has sucked out of us.”

Frontline love. It is our one hope for breaking down barriers and for restoring the sense of community, of caring for one another, that our decadent, impersonalized culture has sucked out of us.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Today’s marginalization of Christianity is a direct result of our failure to understand our faith as a total worldview.”

Today’s marginalization of Christianity is a direct result of our failure to understand our faith as a total worldview.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Wilberforce and the band of abolitionists knew that a private faith that did not act in the face of oppression was no faith at all.”

Wilberforce and the band of abolitionists knew that a private faith that did not act in the face of oppression was no faith at all.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “We must be the same person in private and in public. Only the Christian worldview gives us the basis for this kind of integrity.”

We must be the same person in private and in public. Only the Christian worldview gives us the basis for this kind of integrity.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Culture is religion incarnate.”

Culture is religion incarnate.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Knowing that we are fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that gives rest to the restless human heart.”

Knowing that we are fulfilling God’s purpose is the only thing that gives rest to the restless human heart.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “God doesn’t want our success; He wants us. He doesn’t demand our achievements; He demands our obedience.”

God doesn’t want our success; He wants us. He doesn’t demand our achievements; He demands our obedience.

— Charles Colson



Charles Colson Quote: “To turn away from the great questions and dilemmas of life is a tragedy, for the quest for meaning and truth makes life worth living.”

To turn away from the great questions and dilemmas of life is a tragedy, for the quest for meaning and truth makes life worth living.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “A government cannot be truly just without affirming the intrinsic value of human life.”

A government cannot be truly just without affirming the intrinsic value of human life.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Life is a mess. And theology must be lived out in the midst of that mess.”

Life is a mess. And theology must be lived out in the midst of that mess.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “When God wanted to defeat sin, His ultimate weapon was the sacrifice of His own Son. On Christmas Day two thousand years ago, the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure village in the Middle East was God’s supreme triumph of good over evil.”

When God wanted to defeat sin, His ultimate weapon was the sacrifice of His own Son. On Christmas Day two thousand years ago, the birth of a tiny baby in an obscure village in the Middle East was God’s supreme triumph of good over evil.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Nearly every grave moral failure begins with a small sin.”

Nearly every grave moral failure begins with a small sin.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “God is truth and is to be worshiped, not because it’s convenient, makes us feel good, or is therapeutic.”

God is truth and is to be worshiped, not because it’s convenient, makes us feel good, or is therapeutic.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Power is like saltwater; the more you drink, the thirstier you get.”

Power is like saltwater; the more you drink, the thirstier you get.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “If the polls are right, our Judeo-Christian heritage is no longer the foundation of our values. We have become a post-Christian society.”

If the polls are right, our Judeo-Christian heritage is no longer the foundation of our values. We have become a post-Christian society.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The problem is that relativism provides no sure foundation for a safe and orderly society.”

The problem is that relativism provides no sure foundation for a safe and orderly society.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The gospel of Jesus Christ must be the bad news of the conviction of sin before it can be the Good News of redemption. The truth is revealed in God’s Holy Word; life can be lived only in absolute and disciplined submission to its authority.”

The gospel of Jesus Christ must be the bad news of the conviction of sin before it can be the Good News of redemption. The truth is revealed in God’s Holy Word; life can be lived only in absolute and disciplined submission to its authority.

— Charles Colson



Charles Colson Quote: “True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated, and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.”

True tolerance is not a total lack of judgment. It’s knowing what should be tolerated, and refusing to tolerate that which shouldn’t.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The Bible’s power rests upon the fact that it is the reliable, errorless, and infallible Word of God.”

The Bible’s power rests upon the fact that it is the reliable, errorless, and infallible Word of God.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.”

If our culture is to be transformed, it will happen from the bottom up – from ordinary believers practicing apologetics over the backyard fence or around the barbecue grill.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Great fiction can often present moral messages with greater power and clarity than instructional writing – since literature, after all, penetrates not just the intellect, but the imagination.”

Great fiction can often present moral messages with greater power and clarity than instructional writing – since literature, after all, penetrates not just the intellect, but the imagination.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Many people are trying to remove religion from public life. Under the banner of pluralism, cultural and political leaders are seeking to push all talk about God out of the public arena.”

Many people are trying to remove religion from public life. Under the banner of pluralism, cultural and political leaders are seeking to push all talk about God out of the public arena.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Lenin, Stalin, and Rakosi recognized that a renewed and purified Christianity was the only force that could move the masses as powerfully as the Marxist ideal could. They attacked it as the enemy that it was and is.”

Lenin, Stalin, and Rakosi recognized that a renewed and purified Christianity was the only force that could move the masses as powerfully as the Marxist ideal could. They attacked it as the enemy that it was and is.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “I’d walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon.”

I’d walk over my own grandmother to re-elect Richard Nixon.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.”

Few things are so deadly as a misguided sense of compassion.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Let’s acknowledge that America’s increasing decadence is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When we tolerate trash on television, permit pornography to invade our homes via the Internet, and allow babies to be killed at the point of birth, we are inflaming radical Islam.”

Let’s acknowledge that America’s increasing decadence is giving aid and comfort to the enemy. When we tolerate trash on television, permit pornography to invade our homes via the Internet, and allow babies to be killed at the point of birth, we are inflaming radical Islam.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves.”

We should always pray with as much earnestness as those who expect everything from God; we should always act with as much energy as those who expect everything from themselves.

— Charles Colson



Charles Colson Quote: “Who speaks for God? He does quite nicely for Himself. Through His holy and infallible Word – and the quiet obedience of His servants.”

Who speaks for God? He does quite nicely for Himself. Through His holy and infallible Word – and the quiet obedience of His servants.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals.”

Christians are called to redeem entire cultures, not just individuals.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Moral crusaders with zeal but no ethical understanding are likely to give us solutions that are worse than the problems.”

Moral crusaders with zeal but no ethical understanding are likely to give us solutions that are worse than the problems.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Heroism is an extraordinary feat of the flesh; holiness is an ordinary act of the spirit. One may bring personal glory; the other always gives God glory.”

Heroism is an extraordinary feat of the flesh; holiness is an ordinary act of the spirit. One may bring personal glory; the other always gives God glory.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “In our day, you can mock religion in public and even get funds for doing it. But you can’t show respect for religion in public – or you risk being hauled into court.”

In our day, you can mock religion in public and even get funds for doing it. But you can’t show respect for religion in public – or you risk being hauled into court.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Our culture has forgotten what the Founders knew: The American experiment is a moral, not just a political, exercise.”

Our culture has forgotten what the Founders knew: The American experiment is a moral, not just a political, exercise.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it.”

The first 20 stories written about a public figure set the tone for the next 2,000 and it is almost impossible to reverse it.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends.”

You cannot live your life other than walking in the truth. Your means are as important as your ends.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “Tolerance once meant that we could use our reason to discern good and evil in open debate. Today tolerance has been used to call good evil and evil good.”

Tolerance once meant that we could use our reason to discern good and evil in open debate. Today tolerance has been used to call good evil and evil good.

— Charles Colson


Charles Colson Quote: “The Bible has, amazingly- no doubt with supernatural grace-survived its critics. The harder tyrants try to eliminate it and skeptics dismiss it, the better read it becomes.”

The Bible has, amazingly- no doubt with supernatural grace-survived its critics. The harder tyrants try to eliminate it and skeptics dismiss it, the better read it becomes.

— Charles Colson


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