Tag: Struggle

True Christianity–Part 4

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

And now, reader, let me conclude my whole subject with a few words of practical application.  Our lot is cast in times when the world seems thinking of little else but battles and fighting.  The iron is entering into the soul of more than one nation, and the mirth of many a fair district is clean gone.  Surely at a time like this a minister may fairly call on men to remember the spiritual warfare.  Bear with me while I say a few parting words about the great fight of the soul.

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The Struggle to Come Out From the World

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

To come out from the world is not an easy thing. It cannot be easy so long as human nature is what it is, and a busy devil is always near us. It requires a constant struggle and exertion; it entails incessant conflict and self-denial; it often places us in exact opposition to members of our own families, friends and neighbors; it sometimes obliges us to do things which give great offence, and bring on us ridicule and petty persecution. It is precisely this which makes many hang back and shrink from decided religion.

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