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    This year I will be sharing brief excerpts from the articles, sermons, and books I am currently reading. My posts will not follow a regular schedule but will be published as I find well-written thoughts that should be of interest to maturing Christian readers. Whenever possible, I encourage you to go to the source and read the complete work of the author.

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TRUTH IN THE WILDERNESS

J.C. Ryle:

Bishop J. C. RyleDo not put implicit confidence in any man’s opinion, merely because he is a minister.

What are the best of ministers but men; dust, ashes and clay, men with a nature like our own, men exposed to temptations, men liable to weaknesses and failings.

They have often driven the truth into the wilderness, and decreed that to be true, which was false. The greatest errors have been begun by ministers.

Peace without truth is a false peace; it is the very peace of the devil. Unity without the gospel is a worthless unity; it is the very unity of hell.

We ought to contend jealously for the truth and to fear the loss of truth more that the loss of peace. To maintain pure truth in the church, we should be ready to make any sacrifice, to hazard peace, to risk dissension and run the chance of division.

Never let us be guilty of sacrificing any portion of truth on the altar of peace. We should no more tolerate false doctrine than we would tolerate sin. To regularly hear unscriptural teaching is a serious thing. It is a continual dropping of slow poison into the mind. Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, and follow nothing which is not in the Bible, nor can be proved by the Bible. (“The Fallibility of Ministers”)

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