Wednesday, December 12, 2007

YET ANOTHER "OUCH"ER

"I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on sunday, and to be tolerably moral during the week, and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in religion. All this is cheap and easy work: it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. If this is saving Christianity, and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, “Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven!"
-J. C. Ryle

3 comments:

JSU said...

How true.

Henry (Rick) Frueh said...

As insidious as much of the emergent movement is, it is still small in scope. The greater evangelical community and its level of commitment is much more dangerous and has in actuality changed the nature and definition of what it means to be a Christian.

The average pew sitter and even choir member and/or Sunday School teacher lives a life of spiritual relativism with little if any sacrificial commitment to God's Word, personal holiness, verbal witness, and deep and searching prayer lives.

I fear for millions of professing believers, even many who are faithful to a local church, but whose devotion to Christ is little more than a small part of their American, hedonistic lifestyle. I fear that in the end people have been told a lie, believed a lie, lived a lie, and God forbid will die a lie.

Dead Theologians said...

Rick,

I do agree.

"I fear for millions of professing believers, even many who are faithful to a local church, but whose devotion to Christ is little more than a small part of their American, hedonistic lifestyle. I fear that in the end people have been told a lie, believed a lie, lived a lie, and God forbid will die a lie."

This burdens me greatly these days.

DT

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