Meaningful Quotes By Dr. Bob Jones Sr.

by David J. Stewart | May 2020

Ecclesiastes 12:9, “And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

       The following life-changing quotes are from one of the greatest Christian leaders and mentors of the 20th century, who founded Bob Jones University in 1927. His name is Bob Jones Sr. Many of the faculty at Hyles-Anderson College (my home college, founded in 1972) were graduates of BJU, including one of my mentors, Dr. Wendell Evans (former longtime faithful president of HAC). I thank God for those dear men of God who faithfully served the Lord. Dr. Evans once said something in chapel at HAC that changed my life. Dr. Evans said: “Christianity is not measured in weeks, months or even years, but in decades!”

In this Christ-honoring sermon video clip, Dr. Bob Jones Sr. said that if in in 50 years a liberal corrupted salvation by faith alone, from Heaven he would take a stick of dynamite and blow Bob Jones College to smithereens

What a challenging truth for all believers! Here are several awesome quotes by Dr. Bob Jones Sr. ...

“God gives you eternal life when you take Him. Eternal life is wrapped up in Christ. 'He that hath the Son hath life.' There is just one difference between a Christian and a sinner. A Christian has Christ and a sinner does not have Him. That is the only difference. All you need is Jesus. It is all in Jesus! If you will take Him, He will blot out all your sins. If you take Him, He will give you a new nature. If you take Him, He will go with you along the journey of life. He will be with you when you are tempted. He will put arms of power around you and give you the victory. 'By grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God; not of works, lest any man should boast.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 223; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Bob Jones College, I told you, stands for the narrow road. We don't stand for the broad road. We don't stand for what is stood for in most educational institutions. We stand without apology for the old-time Christian philosophy of self-control and self-restraint. This institution is operating in its seventeenth year. All these years we have gathered around an idea: The Bible is the Word of God. Jesus is the Son of God. He died on the cross to save us. We are saved by faith in Him. We stand for 'honest-to-goodness' hard work. We stand for honest study. We stand for modesty and virtue for girls and for honesty and uprightness and purity for boys. We stand for the old decencies, the old traditions. The college started off like that. It stands for those things still. We don't apologize to Mr. Anybody for it. And great prosperity, in spite of bitter opposition, has come to Bob Jones College because of the things for which it stands.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 75-76; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“He [Jude] said, well it was 'needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly contend for the faith, which once for all [was] delivered unto the saints.'

Now wait a minute, you've got something worth contending for! Isn't it strange that something so valuable and so wonderful as saving faith is something we that have to be exhorted to contend for? Why, if you had a diamond worth $5,000 you wouldn't leave it just lying around anywhere. If you had $1,000,000 in gold, you'd go put it in a vault. [If] Anybody tried to get it, you'd fight to keep them from gettin' it. And we just sit down and just let people steal the faith that Christians have, and never bother about it. Some of us pay 'em to do that! Some of us pay preachers to stand in the pulpit and steal the faith of the saints of God, and send our children to Hell. The most crooked crook on God Almighty's earth is a preacher who stands in a Trinitarian pulpit, and steals the faith of people!

You know I've said it many a time; if I was up in Heaven, fifty years from now (and the Lord tarried), and any religious liberal ever sat in a classroom in this institution, and tried to disseminate his infidelity, I'd ask God Almighty to excuse me for a little while, and I'd come back down to this school and get a stick of dynamite, and I'd blow it into smithereens! I'd rather see this school a heap of rubbish, just a little rubbish here and a little rubbish yonder, than see the time ever come we could be such softies, we'll sit down and let the Devil put his modernists and religious liberals in here to rob them of the faith. And yet that things going on in America, from one end of this country to the other!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr.; YouTube | MP4 | MP3

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“God has something He wants to give you. It is eternal life. He wrapped it in the most wonderful package you ever heard of. He put it in Jesus. People looked at Jesus. He had no form or comeliness; there wasn't anything about Him to be desired. And they didn't realize what was wrapped up in that package. They put Jesus on a cross. They nailed Him there. They killed Him. Then He rose from the dead, and He has been scarred ever since that time. If you could see Jesus today, the glorified, risen Son of God, you would find scars on His brow and scars in His hands. If you could look at His side you would find a wound there. His feet are scarred. But, say, He has wrapped in Himself a wonderful gift. God gives you eternal life when you take Him. Eternal life is wrapped up in Christ.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” pages 222-223; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Men are not saved by analyzing the truth of the Gospel. They are saved by accepting the truth of the Gospel. It is true, whether men believe it or not. It is as true as the multiplication table. Men use the multiplication table to do what the multiplication table is supposed to do. The Gospel will do what it is supposed to do. 'It is the power of God unto salvation unto every one that believeth.'” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Comments On Here And Hereafter,” chapter: Preaching, Evangelism, page 123; Bob Jones University Press, Inc., © 1942

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“'Pray to be saved. Ask the Lord to save you.' This is what I heard a minister say to a convicted sinner who came forward for prayer at the close of an evangelistic service. Nowhere in the Bible are men told to pray to be saved. There are examples where men did pray and were saved. Men are told to repent, to believe, to obey the Gospel, but the Bible never says to pray for salvation. It does say that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved, but nowhere does the Bible command men to pray to be saved. I think I know why, God, who made the human heart, knew that it was not necessary to tell convicted sinners to pray. If a sinner can see Jesus Christ on the cross, it is as natural for him to pray as it is for birds to sing or flowers to bloom. 'Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ and thou shalt be saved.'” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Comments On Here And Hereafter,” chapter: Prayer And Praise, page 163; Bob Jones University Press, Inc., © 1942

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“We believe in the inspiration of the Bible.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Comments On Here And Hereafter,” page 103; Bob Jones University Press Inc., 1942

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“If you will give God your heart He will 'comb the kinks out of your head.'” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 47; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“The Devil did not tempt Adam and Eve to steal, to lie, to kill, to commit adultery; he tempted them to live independent of God.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr.

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“The devil hounds the path of the man who is going the right way.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 66; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Listen to me young people, you never get out of a hole by lying. A lie will dig the hole deeper. Truth will not always get you out of a hole, but lying will never do it. When you get in a hole, put up a ladder of truth and try to climb out. Don't lie; don't be a humbug; don't be a fourflusher! Listen, it is not only wrong to lie, but also it doesn't pay to lie. There is something about telling the truth that disarms even your enemies. You can't lie yourself to success. You can travel the road of truth. So travel it!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 51; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Lord God if this school out here [Bob Jones University] ever compromises, send an earthquake and shake these buildings into powder and dust. Don’t ever let it stand here and encumber the earth and curse it by robbing people of faith in the Word of God. Hear us in this prayer and keep us doing all the things we pray in the precious Name of the Lord Jesus Christ. Amen. –Dr. Bob Jones Sr., 'How Shall Ye Believe?'

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“The whole rotten modern world is wrecked because of disobedience. The sinful, hellish philosophy that has destroyed America is built upon the philosophy of disobedience. Prisons are filled with juvenile delinquents. Children have been killing their school teachers in some sections of America—cutting their throats, shooting them. Little girls and boys are out murdering people. If you stay here you are going to obey.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 62; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Men want to buy salvation. That is what is the matter with the world now. It is trying to find the means by which it can earn something that the Lord Jesus Christ wants to give away. ... You don't go to Heaven for doing good deeds and you don't go to hell just because you do something bad.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 217; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“People tell you that love is blind. Love isn't blind. Love just doesn't always tell what it sees.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 206-207; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Anything you have which is used for yourself and not for God is wasted substance.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 202; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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There has never been one word uttered by almighty God in defense of the sins that men commit. he never defends or condones sin. He pities the sinner. He didn't condone the sin of the woman whom the scribes and Pharisees were about to stone. he said, 'If you are guiltless, throw a stone at her.; He didn't condone her sin. he never does condone sin. And when you begin to condone sin you have reached the very gate of damnation.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 199; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Remember if you deliberately put yourself in the way of temptation you are not getting ready to yield; you have already yielded! You have already fallen because God told you to avoid the appearance of evil. When you unnecessarily expose yourself, you disobey God. To disobey God is to fall. —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 196; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“I want you to remember as long as you live: You can't do wrong and get away with it! Not even a Christian can do wrong and get away with it. You can't beat the game of sin! You just can't do it. God won't let you do it. Remember that! —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 195; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“If you deliberately stick yourself under the nose of temptation, God almighty will let the devil get you; and he ought to have you! You dirty compromiser, he ought to have you! God says, 'Flee youthful lusts.' Take no chance. Use your legs; run, run!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 194; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Many people have trouble in this world because they don't treat God right.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 190; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Remember, young people, Jesus Christ would rather have your love than your service. Does He have your love?” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 187; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“What we need in this country is a group of Christians with manhood and womanhood. We need young Christians who not only have convictions but who also have the courage to express those convictions! Christians ought to be able to say, 'This is wrong. This is right. Let us do right and not wrong.' ” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 181; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“If you don't learn to stand for something, you'll never amount to anything!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 202; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“A great many people have convictions without courage. They say, 'I know what is wrong. I know we shouldn't do that. I know that isn't right.' But what do they do about it? Convictions without courage does not amount to much. Not only do we in this country need to know what is right and what is wrong, but we also need the courage to stand for that which is right and to stand against that which is wrong. We need the courage of our convictions. The average young person goes with the crowd, no matter which way the crowd goes. They have no convictions, no courage.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 179-180; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Somebody else comes along on the road of life—somebody who has fallen desperately in love. His emotions are all upset and he feels that he wants to quit. What will he do? If he has any character he will just step on that rock of emotion and climb on up to a successful life. Learn to make stepping stones out of stumbling stones.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 22; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Duties never conflict. I talked to a young man this morning who last summer wrote his sweetheart a long letter everyday. Sometimes he wrote her two or three times a day. He wrote his mother a post card. He ought to be ashamed of himself. He ought to have written his sweetheart; but he ought to have written his mother too. If his sweetheart objected to his dividing his time with his mother, she was not worthy to be any boy's sweetheart. A boy has a duty toward his sweetheart and a duty toward his mother. Duties never conflict.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 22; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Any smelling you smell around here is your own smell.  Don't forget that. Don't you go around 'smelling' up this place and then blame somebody else! Wait a minute. I'm not joking. I'm not playing with you. I'm driving something home to you. While you are young don't 'pass the buck' for how you smell and what you are. You will be a failure as long as you live if you look at life like that.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 20; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“The son is not the hero of the story of the prodigal son. There is a tendency on the part of human nature to make a sinner a hero. A sinner is never the hero. ...I am always a little uneasy when a man with a bad past gives his life's story. It is possible to tell that kind of story for the glory of God, and it is sometimes so told. But it is often told in a spirit of boasting about the sin the man has committed. I don't like to see the sinner made the hero. The sinner is never a hero in any of God's 'dramas.' This prodigal son 'played opposite' the father who was the hero in this drama.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 198-199; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“What is success? Success is not making money. It is not receiving honor. Hitler will die a failure. Mussolini will die a failure. I understand that his son-in-law was shot yesterday. he was flying high sometime ago. Many a woman who lived her faithful wife in a little home unnoticed and unknown and then died and was buried in a lonely graveyard was a success in God's sight. What is success? Success is finding out what God wants you to do and then doing it. God has a will for your life.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 123; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

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“Now, it is alright to chase a rabbit of love; but it is never right to leave the possum trail of God's purpose for your life and chase a rabbit of love. When you get the possum up a tree or, in other words, when you complete the purpose that God had for you, then it is all right to go back and chase a rabbit. It is never right to leave the possum trail of God's plan for your life and go after any rabbit of any kind that crosses the trail.” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 103; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945

Evangelist Bob Jones Sr. (1883-1968)

Dr. Bob Jones Sr. Contended For Salvation By Faith

The Gift Of Eternal Life Is Wrapped In The Wonderful Package Of Jesus

Evangelist Bob Jones Sr. (1883-1968)

“No man ever succeeds in life who does not learn to finish every job he undertakes. Finish the job! Finish the job!! Don't shine one shoe and leave the other one unfinished. Shine both of them! Don't wash one ear and leave the other one dirty. Don't pull out the eyebrows over one eye, you girls, and not pull them out over the other eye. If you are going to act the fool, go the 'whole hog.' Don't have any fights you can get out of having. But if you have to fight, go through with it. Do a good job!” —Dr. Bob Jones Sr., “Things I Have Learned: Chapel Talks,” page 16; Bob Jones University Press, ©1945


Dr. James Sightler: Defender Of The Inspiration Of The King James Bible!

“Every word in this Bible is inspired by God almighty!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (a great quote from the classic sermon, “A Friend At Midnight.”)

Psalms 116:15, “Precious in the sight of the LORD is the death of his saints.”

“The only inspired Words of God are in the King James Bible!”
—Dr. Jack Hyles (an awesome quote —Dr. Jack Hyles (THE REAL BATTLE!”)

“And brother, any time anybody ever casts any reflection upon the accuracy and the inspiration—verbal inspiration—of this Bible, I'll guarantee you he was inspired by the demons. I'll guarantee you! I don't care if he's got a 'reverend' in front of his name. I don't care if he has a clerical collar on. I don't care what school he's been to. He's of the Devil if he says that the Bible is not verbally inspired by God!” —Dr. Jack Hyles, a great quote from the awesome MP3 sermon titled, “Satan's masterpiece.”

“The Word of God is our only hope—that's our only hope! This has been the generation of translations and abominations, and perversions, of the Word of God! It's been a long time; now when the Revised Standard Version came out, I stood against it before I knew what it was, because the wrong crowd heard of that, and the wrong crowd received it, and I knew it got too much publicity to be right! And I knew if the newspapers publicized something, it had to be wrong! And so I knew that the American people and a lot of American preachers—they welcomed it into their house before they knew it was a rattlesnake!” —Brother Lester Roloff, a needful quote from the MP3 sermon titled, “THE LIVING BIBLE' EXPOSED!

BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3 by Dr. Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)

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More Awesome Quotes from Evangelist Bob Jones, Sr.

Proverbs 13:20, “He that walketh with wise men shall be wise: but a companion of fools shall be destroyed.”

“Every successful man I have ever met had come at some time under the dominating power of a great truth.”

“Don’t sacrifice the permanent on the altar of the immediate.”

“It is a sin to do less than your best.”

“The greatest ability is dependability.”

“The test of your character is what it takes to stop you.”

“It is never right to do wrong in order to get a chance to do right.”

“You and God make a majority in your community.”

“When gratitude dies on the altar of a man’s heart, that man is well-nigh hopeless.”

“It is no disgrace to fail; it is a disgrace to do less than your best to keep from failing.”

“You can do anything you ought to do.”

“Finish the job.”

“Do right though the stars fall.”

“The door to the room of success swings on the hinges of opposition.”

“The two biggest little words in the English language are the two little words 'do right.'”

“It is one thing to know there is a God; it’s another thing to know the God that is.”

“A man is a fool who leans on the arm of flesh when he can be supported by the arm of Omnipotence.”

“What you love and what you hate reveal what you are.”

“Jesus never taught men how to make a living; He taught men how to live.”

“Do not ask God to give you a light burden; ask Him to give you strong shoulders to carry a heavy burden.”

“It is better to die for something than to live for nothing.”

“A Christian does good deeds, but just doing good deeds does not make a man a Christian.”

“Your character is what God knows you to be; your reputation is what men think you are.”

“You and God make a majority in your community.”

“Jesus said that He would be in the midst of two or three gathered in His name, but this does not mean that our Lord does not like to have a larger crowd.”

“The religions of the world say, “do and live.” The religion of the Bible says, “live and do.”

“God will not do for you what He has given you strength to do for yourself.”

“Dying men have said, “I am sorry I have been an atheist, an infidel, an agnostic, a skeptic, or a sinner”; but no man ever said with his last breath, “I am sorry I have lived a Christian life.”

“The drunkard in the ditch has gone to the dogs. According to the Bible, the self-righteous man who thinks he doesn’t need God has gone to the Devil.”

“When I was fourteen years old, I knelt by my dying mother’s bed. She smiled at me through the death shadow on her face and said she was going Home. She asked me to meet her in Heaven, and I gave her my promise. Her body sleeps in a lonely cemetery in the state of Alabama. As I have sat by her grave and listened to a funeral dirge played by the wind in the pine trees nearby, I have said, 'Mother, I will see you again someday.' Some people say I am dreaming. If I am, don’t wake me. If this world were all, I would want my Christian faith. My faith hangs a rainbow of hope over the dust of my beloved ones and kindles a smile on the brow of my bereavement. This world is not all. There is a God. There is a Heaven. There is a Hell. I am playing a safe game. If there were only one world, I have already won. Since there is an afterlife, I win for two worlds. You don’t have to take any chances with your soul. Don't take any.”


If you're not DEAD, God's not DONE!!!

Pastor Jeff Owens, “Unloved Preachers

1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”

Souls Are Dying!

How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)

Mark 1:15, “...repent ye, and believe the gospel.”

“The mark of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)

Mark 11:22, And Jesus answering saith unto them, Have faith in God.

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