Biblical Quotations from Chrysostom are gleanings only, which may be found where his message is in keeping with a more biblical and gospel faith or spirit.

"Believe not every spirit, but try the spirits whether they are of God."

1 John 4:1

"These were more fair-minded than those in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so."

Acts 17:11

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St. John Chrysostom Quotes (347-407)

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St. John Chrysostom, 347-407 ad, is a Saint and Doctor (Doctores Ecclesiae) of the Roman Catholic Church. St. Chrysostom lived during an era in which the ecclesiastical church, sinking into the apostacy that became Medieval Roman Catholicism, was highly regarded and respected. Although Chrysostom's theology is often unbiblical, his writings refute a number of more progressive Catholic doctrines, of which he knew nothing whatsoever. The following quotations are gleaned from his writings where his message is in keeping with a Gospel faith and spirit.

On Scripture

St. John Chrysostom quote on the authority of the Scriptures, and every individuals' right, ability, and obligation to study and test all things by the Bible:

"But some one will say, 'it is to the priests that these charges are given' ... But that the apostle gives the same charge to the laity, hear what he says in another epistle to other than the priesthood: 'Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom.'" – St. John Chrysostom

Read more: Doctrine on the Scripture, an excerpt from Treatise on the Priesthood by St. John Chrysostom

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On Self-Exaltation & Vain Glory

St. John Chrysostom quote on self-exaltation and vain glory:

"A dreadful thing is the love of glory, dreadful and full of many evils; it is a thorn hard to be extracted, a wild beast untamable and many headed, arming itself against those that feed it; for as the worm eats through the wood from which it is born, as rust wastes the iron whence it comes forth, and moths the fleeces, so vainglory destroys the soul which nourishes it; and therefore we need great diligence to remove the passion." – St. John Chrysostom

Quotation from Homilies on the Gospel of St. John, Homily XXX on John 3:31 by St. John Chrysostom (Nicene & Post-Nicene Fathers, Series I, Vol XIV)