12 October 2011

Following the Christ of Christianity

A little formal church-going, and a decent attendance at a place of worship, can never be the Christianity of which Christ speaks. Where is our self-denial? Where is our daily carrying of the cross? Where is our following of Christ? Without a religion of this kind we shall never be saved. A crucified Savior will never be content to have a self-pleasing, self-indulging, worldly-minded people. No self-denial–no real grace! No cross–no crown! “Those who are Christ’s,” says Paul, “have crucified the flesh with its affections and lusts” (Gal. 5:24).“Whoever will save his life,” says the Lord Jesus, “shall lose it; but whoever will lose his life for My sake shall save it.”

~ J.C. Ryle
Expository Thoughts on the Gospels: Luke volume 1, [Carlisle, PA: Banner of Truth, 1986], 310. {Luke 9:23-27}
HT: J.C. Ryle Quotes

1 comment:

  1. Amen to that! I will not to pretend to apprehended but I will press on as Paul.
    As I certainly do not disagree with the Southern Baptist pastor endorsing Gov. Rick Perry over Mitt Romney (a Mormon), I think I,me, we, and us in the church today would do well to look inward at ourselves and prove we are not a cult also. I really don't see a lot of what J. C Ryle describes.
    Tozer wrote: For the true Christian the one supreme test for the present soundness and ultimate worth of everything religious must be the place our Lord occupies in it. Is he Lord or symbol? Is he in charge of the project or merely one of the crew?….There are a great many bogus Christs among us these days. John Owen, the old Puritan, warned people in his day: “You have an imaginary Christ and if you are satisfied with an imaginary Christ you must be satisfied with an imaginary salvation:”
    In Christ, Mike


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