39 Philip Yancey Quotes

  • "Grace, like water, flows to the lowest part."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Grace


  • "Love was compressed for all history in that lonely figure on the cross, who said that he could call down angels at any moment on a rescue mission, but chose not to - because of us. At Calvary, God accepted his own unbreakable terms of justice."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: The Cross


  • "I see the confusion of politics and religion as one of the greatest barriers to grace. C. S. Lewis observed that almost all crimes of Christian history have come about when religion is confused with politics. Politics, which always runs by the rules of ungrace, allures us to trade away grace for power, a temptation the church has often been unable to resist."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Politics


  • "Source: The Jesus I Never Knew"

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: The Cross


  • "We tend to think, 'Life should be fair because God is fair.' But God is not life. And if I confuse God with the physical reality of life - by expecting constant good health for example- then I set myself up for crashing disappointment."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: God, Life


  • "Politics draws lines between people; in contrast, Jesus' love cuts across those lines and dispenses grace. That does not mean, of course, that Christians should not involve themselves in politics. It simply means that as we do so we must not let the rules of power displace the command to love."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Politics


  • "Grace does not depend on what we have done for God but rather what God has done for us. Ask people what they must do to get to heaven and most reply, "Be good." Jesus' stories contradict that answer. All we must do is cry, "Help!""

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Grace


  • "The proof of spiritual maturity is not how pure you are but awareness of your impurity. That very awareness opens the door to grace."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Purity


  • "Everyone has an image of God distorted in some way--we must, of course, since God transcends our capacities to imagine him."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: God


  • "Any discussion of how pain and suffering fit into God's scheme ultimately leads back to the cross."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: The Cross, Pain, Suffering


  • "Power, no matter how well-intentioned, tends to cause suffering. Love, being vulnerable, absorbs it. In a point of convergence on a hill called Calvary, God renounced the one for the sake of the other."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Power, Suffering, Love


  • "Endurance is not just the ability to bear a hard thing, but to turn it into glory."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Endurance


  • "Repentance, not proper behavior or even holiness, is the doorway to grace. And the opposite of sin is grace, not virtue."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Repentance, Grace


  • "Imperfection is the prerequisite for grace. Light only gets in through the cracks."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Grace, Light


  • "Love deems this world worth rescuing."

    - Philip Yancey
    Topics: Love



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