Month: November 2011

I Believe It To Be A Public Duty To Warn People Against Cheats, Quacks, And Impostors!

J.C. Ryle 90x115by J.C. Ryle

"Happiness" 1878

Happiness is what all mankind want to obtain–the desire for it is deeply planted in the human heart. All men naturally dislike pain, sorrow, and discomfort. All men naturally like ease, comfort, and gladness. All men naturally hunger and thirst after happiness. As the sick man longs for health–so does poor mortal man long to be happy.

But, alas, how few consider what they really mean, when they talk of happiness! How vague and indistinct and undefined are the ideas of most people are upon the subject! They think some are happy–who in reality are miserable; they think some are gloomy and sad–who in reality are truly happy. They dream of a happiness which in reality, would never satisfy their nature’s needs.
I want to expose some common mistakes about the way to be happy.

The Supremacy of Jesus Christ

Oswald Chambers 90x115by Oswald Chambers

He will glorify Me . . . —John 16:14

The holiness movements of today have none of the rugged reality of the New Testament about them. There is nothing about them that needs the death of Jesus Christ. All that is required is a pious atmosphere, prayer, and devotion. This type of experience is not supernatural nor miraculous. It did not cost the sufferings of God, nor is it stained with “the blood of the Lamb” (Revelation 12:11). It is not marked or sealed by the Holy Spirit as being genuine, and it has no visual sign that causes people to exclaim with awe and wonder, “That is the work of God Almighty!” Yet the New Testament is about the work of God and nothing else.