20 Quotes from Ray Ortlund on Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel

Ivan Mesa | October 27, 2016

The following quotes caught my attention as I read Ray Ortlund’s new book, Marriage and the Mystery of the Gospel (Crossway, 2016). Thanks to Tony Reinke for inspiring the “20 quotes” idea.

“Marriage is not a human invention; it is a divine revelation. Its design never was our own made-up arrangement of infinite malleability. It was given to us, at the beginning of all things, as a brightly shining fixity of eternal significance. We might not always live up to its true grandeur. None of us does so perfectly. But we have no right to redefine it, and we have every reason to revere it.” (11)

“As our society departs increasingly from the ways of God, more misery will deeply injure and depress human experience. May the Christian church be ready always to care for sinners and sufferers without a self-righteous ‘I told you so.’ May we who follow Christ receive all penitents with tenderness and practical help. But we need more than an emergency room for people wounded by the sexual revolution. We also need a widespread return to the ancient wisdom we all have foolishly disobeyed.” (13)

“The head-with-helper dance of complementarity sprang from deep within the intuitions…

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