Quotes (862)

Whenever a Church keeps back Christ crucified, or puts anything whatsoever in that foremost place which Christ crucified should always have, from that moment a Church ceases to be useful. Without Christ crucified in her pulpits, a Church is little better than a dead carcass, a well without water, a barren fig-tree, a sleeping watchman, a silent trumpet, a dumb witness, an ambassador without terms of peace, a messenger without tidings, a lighthouse without fire, a stumbling-block to weak believers, a comfort to unbelievers, a hot-bed for formalism, a joy to the devil, and an offense to God.

– J. C. Ryle

1816 – 1900

6 thoughts on “Quotes (862)

  1. Amen! Would more preachers and teachers remember this simple truth from Ryle! It would help to alleviate the growing problem found in western Christianity – hirelings for pastors. The problem with hirelings is that they are not really feeding many sheep, but are often just goats masquerading as sheep. Comfortable Christianity is an oxymoron!


  2. The “pastors” who do not bear this in mind are not pastors, sad to say. They are wolves who gather goats unto themselves. Indeed, DP, “Comfortable Christianity is an oxymoron!” Such who “enjoy” such are antithetical to the Bible, fulfilling the sinful desires of their flesh.


  3. “And I, when I came to you, brothers, did not come proclaiming to you the testimony of God with lofty speech or wisdom. For I decided to know nothing among you except Jesus Christ and him crucified. And I was with you in weakness and in fear and much trembling, and my message and my preaching were not in persuasive words of wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power, so that your faith would not rest on the wisdom of men, but on the power of God.” (1 Cor. 2:1-5)


  4. “…a comfort to unbelievers…”
    Oh my, may it never be so!

    (I like the new format, much easier to read)


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