February 25th, 2010

The heavens declare

Vague sense

This is an excerpt from the book Holiness by J C Ryle. He wrote this over a hundred years ago, but I think it's very appropriate for today.

"...a scriptural view of sin is one of the best antidotes to that vague, dim, misty, hazy kind of theology which is so painfully current in the present age. ...there is a vast quantity of so-called Christianity...in which there is undeniably "something about Christ and something about grace and something about faith and something about repentance and something about holiness," but it is not the real "thing as it is" in the Bible. ...it is a kind of "mingle-mangle," and does no good. It neither exercises influence on daily conduct, nor comforts in life, nor gives peace in death; and those who hold it often awake too late to find that they have got nothing solid under their feet. Now I believe the likeliest way to cure and mend this defective kind of religion is to bring forward more prominently the old scriptural truth about the sinfulness of sin. People will never set their faces decidedly towards heaven and live like pilgrims until they really feel that they are in danger of hell."

The book is online here: http://www.gracegems.org/Ryle/holiness.htm