If you would ever be a healthy and scriptural Christian, I entreat you to beware of any ministry which does not plainly teach the reality and eternity of hell. Such a ministry may be soothing and pleasant, but it is far more likely to lull you to sleep than to lead you to Christ or build you up in the faith. It is impossible to leave out any portion of God’s truth without spoiling the whole. That preaching is sadly defective which dwells exclusively on the mercies of God and the joys of heaven and never sets forth the terrors of the Lord and the miseries of hell. It may be popular, but it is not scriptural; it may amuse and gratify, but it will not save. Give me the preaching which keeps back nothing that God has revealed.
~ J.C. Ryle
Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, “A Woman To Be Remembered”, [Moscow, ID: Charles Nolan Publishing, 2001], 212.
Amen! Indeed I say, Amen! When we don't preach on hell and sin, we have NO NEED FOR A SAVIOR!ReplyDelete
I know that if I didn't understand in my heart of hearts that I was destined for eternal damnation, I'd have been fine living for myself...for "this is all there is!"
When we understand the weight of sin..of hell..we can only then understand the weight of the sacrifice of our Jesus Christ!
God Bless you, and thank you so much for being a rare gem today. Even amongst all the "Titus 2" blogging gals..most focus on the frilly and pretty parts of womanhood. I've rarely seen posts that shed light on the Scriptural truth that no matter how wonderful we perform as Titus 2/Proverbs 31 women, unless we have a personal, repentant relationship with Jesus, our works are as filthy rags..
God Bless you!