No man can say that Jesus is the Lord, but by the Holy Ghost.
—1 Corinthians 12:3
I think that one of the most hopeless tasks in the world is that of trying to create some love for Christ our Savior among those who refuse and deny that there is a need for a definite spiritual experience of Jesus Christ in the human life.
I cannot understand the activities of many churches—their futile exercise of trying to whip up love and concern for Jesus Christ when there is no teaching of the new birth, no teaching of redemption through His blood, no dependence upon spiritual illumination by the Spirit of God!
No one can love the Lord Jesus Christ unless the Spirit of God is given opportunity to reveal Him in the life. No one can say that Jesus is Lord except the Holy Spirit enables him through spiritual life and experience. WPJ200
Those who have “put on the new man, which after God is created in righteousness and true holiness,” love God because He is just such a God as He is….The enemies of God may love Him for what they imagine Him to be; none but the real friends of God love Him for what He is. DTC066-067