J.C. Ryle Gems #1 It costs something to be a true Christian. It will cost us our sins, our self-righteousness, our ease and our worldliness! A Christian is a walking sermon. Christians preach far more than a minister does--for they preach all week long! According to the men of the world--few are going to Hell. … Continue reading J C Ryle Quotes
It will even make the cross of Christ into a pedestal on which to erect its deformed visage! (Octavius Winslow, "Eminent Holiness Essential to an Efficient Ministry" 1843) An attribute in the formation of an elevated standard of ministerial holiness--too essential and important to be overlooked--is a growing humbleness of mind. Where is the spiritual minister of … Continue reading Man’s Most Deadly Enemy
We cannot fathom the horrors of that dismal dungeon of lost souls! (Charles Spurgeon) If we give any description of the doom of the impenitent which is at all true to God's Word, those who reject the Scriptures begin to cry out that we have borrowed it from Dante, or taken it from Milton! But … Continue reading The Horrors of Hell
(J.C. Ryle) "In the synagogue there was a man possessed by a demon, an evil spirit. He cried out at the top of his voice: Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? I know who You are--the Holy One of God!" Luke 4:33-34 "Moreover, demons came out of many people, shouting: 'You … Continue reading Demonic Know-It-Alls
(John Newton's Letters) "Nothing impure will ever enter it, nor will anyone who does what is shameful or deceitful--but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life!" Revelation 21:27 If we do not exactly know the particulars of what Heaven is--then we know to a certainty what it is not. We … Continue reading As a Pig In His Muck
(Thomas Brooks, "A Word in Season to Suffering Saints") "Covetousness, which is idolatry." Colossians 3:5 Covetousness is explicit idolatry. Covetousness is the darling sin of our nation. Covetousness being idolatry--is highly provoking to God. This leprosy has infected all sorts and ranks of men. Whatever a man loves most and best--that is his god. The … Continue reading Pastors: Do Not Neglect Your Responsibilities
(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669) "Nothing in all creation is hidden from God's sight. Everything is uncovered and laid bare before the eyes of Him to whom we must give account!" Hebrews 4:13 Take heed of what men call secret sins. There are only too many who continue in wickedness, because as they … Continue reading Hold Your Hand in this Fire!
(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669) "The wicked and the one who loves violence--His soul hates!" Psalm 11:5 God hates man for sin! It is not only sin, but sinners that God hates--and that for sin! It is said of God, that He hates the workers of iniquity (Psalm 5:5); not only the works … Continue reading IT HAS MADE GOD HATE US!
(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669) "Fools mock at sin!" Proverbs 14:9 Those who mock at sin, are worse than fools and madmen! Tell them, as Lot told his sons-in-law of the danger and judgments which hang over their head--and, as with Lot, you seem to them as one who jokes. Genesis 19:14. They … Continue reading Worse Than Devils!
(Ralph Venning, "The Plague of Plagues!" 1669) "The Lord's lovingkindnesses indeed never cease--for His compassions never fail. They are new every morning! Great is Your faithfulness!" Lamentations 3:22-23 If sin is so exceedingly sinful--so contrary to, and displeasing to God--then surely . . . His patience is exceedingly great, His goodness is exceedingly rich, and … Continue reading We Are Still Alive Because…