Celebrating J. C. Ryle (9 of 16)

There are only too many baptized men and women who practically know nothing at all about Christ. . .What experiential acquaintance have they with His offices and work, His death, His righteousness, His mediation, His priesthood, His intercession?  None, none at all!  Ask them about a saving faith, ask them about being born again by […]

Celebrating J. C. Ryle (8 of 16)

Controversy in religion is a hateful thing. . .But there is one thing which is even worse than controversy, and that is false doctrine tolerated, allowed, and permitted without protest or molestation.  It was controversy that won the battle of the Protestant Reformation. . .There are times when controversy is not only a duty but […]

Celebrating J. C. Ryle (7 of 16)

Controversy and religious strife, no doubt, are odious things, but there are times when they are a positive necessity.  Unity and peace are very delightful, but they are bought too dear if they are bought at the expense of truth. . .It was a pity that Arius taught error about Christ’s person, but it would […]

Celebrating J. C. Ryle (6 of 16)

We rest our souls on a finished work if we rest them on the work of Jesus Christ, the Lord.  We need not fear that either sin or Satan or law shall condemn us at the last day.  We may lean back on the thought that we have a Savior who has done all, paid […]

For the Lord’s Day (434)

Now, this I say and testify in the Lord, that you must no longer walk as the Gentiles do, in the futility of the minds.  They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to their hardness of heart.  They have become callous […]

Saturday Spurgeon (40)

The psalmist confesses that he is dull, heavy, lumpy, all but dead.  Perhaps, dear reader, you feel the same.  We are so sluggish that the best motives cannot quicken us apart from the Lord Himself.  What!  Will not hell quicken me?  Shall I think of sinners perishing, and yet not be awakened?  Will not heaven […]

Celebrating J. C. Ryle (5 of 16)

[The evangelical preachers of the eighteenth century] knew nothing of the modern notion that Christ is in every man and that all possess something good within, which they have only to stir up and use in order to be saved.  They never flattered men and women in this fashion.  They told them plainly they were […]