Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Test All Ministers By the Word of God

Let us beware of attaching an excessive importance to ministers of religion because of their office. Ordination and office confer no exemption from error. The greatest heresies have been sown, and the greatest practical abuses introduced into the church by ordained men. Respect is undoubtedly due to high official position. Order and discipline ought not to be forgotten. The teaching and counsel of regularly appointed teachers ought not to be lightly refused. But there are limits beyond which we must not go. We must never allow the blind to lead us into the ditch. We must never allow modern chief priests and scribes to make us crucify Christ again. We must test all teachers by the unerring rule of the Word of God. It matters little who says a thing in religion--but it matters greatly what it is that is said. Is it scriptural? Is it true? This is the only question. "To the law and to the testimony--if they speak not according to this word, it is because there is no light in them" (Isaiah 8:20).

~ J.C. Ryle

Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 2 , [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1998], 389. {Luke 22:1-13}


  1. Jessica,
    Don't you just love the Expository Thoughts? I know I've said that before....:) What does the Word of God say? Yes!

  2. Amen... It is my prayer this morning that all who read your message will head the wisdom and discernment. It is so important that believers search the Word of God daily to continue in the truth. God bless, Lloyd

  3. This is particularly crucial today, in our day of apostate churches.

    We have feel-good teachers claiming the Word of God isn't necessary, or complete and that Jesus isn't the only way to salvation. Even Oprah is standing in the role of minister with her wayward teachings!

    Praise God for Christians who just thirst for the Word of God.

    Great post!

    God bless!


Your comments are such a blessing to me.

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near. " Hebrews 10:23-25