I have had a deep conviction for many years that practical holiness and entire self-consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians in this country. Politics, or controversy, or party spirit, or worldliness, have eaten out the heart of lively piety in too many of us. The subject of personal godliness has fallen sadly into the background. The standard of living has become painfully low in many quarters. The immense importance of “adorning the doctrine of God our Saviour” (Titus ii. 10), and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers, has been far too much overlooked. Worldly people sometimes complain with reason that “religious” persons, so-called, are not so amiable and unselfish and good-natured as others who make no profession of religion. Yet sanctification, in its place and proportion, is quite as important as justification. Sound Protestant and Evangelical doctrine is useless if it is not accompanied by a holy life. It is worse than useless: it does positive harm. It is despised by keen-sighted and shrewd men of the world, as an unreal and hollow thing, and brings religion into contempt. It is my firm impression that we want a thorough revival about Scriptural holiness, and I am deeply thankful that attention is being directed to the point.
The above is just a smidgeon of the Introduction of Bishop J.C. Ryle's famous (or infamous, depending upon where you stand) book Holiness
. And that Introduction is what comprises this month's Article of the Month. In my view, and in the view of myriad others, this book qualifies for the "MUST READ" title among the many books that men have written. If you haven't read Holiness
to this point in your life, then it is my hope that after reading the Introduction, you will be motivated to get yourself a copy and do so. Is it perfect? Of course not! But what book that man, without the Holy Spirit divinely directing every jot and tittle is without error?... None! Oh yes, but we do have such a book that has been divinely inspired and is absent of any error and is wholly true in its entirety don't we.
is much deserved to be read with your Bible as your guide. Why?
Leviticus 20:7 (KJV) 7 Sanctify yourselves therefore, and be ye holy: for I [am] the LORD your God.
1 Peter 1:15 (KJV) 15 But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation;
1 Peter 1:16 (KJV) 16 Because it is written, Be ye holy; for I am holy.
Ephesians 1:3-6 (ASV) 3 Blessed [be] the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who hath blessed us with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly [places] in Christ: 4 even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blemish before him in love: 5 having foreordained us unto adoption as sons through Jesus Christ unto himself, according to the good pleasure of his will, 6 to the praise of the glory of his grace, which he freely bestowed on us in the Beloved:
Romans 12:1 (KJV) 1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, [which is] your reasonable service.
James 2:17-20 (ASV) 17 Even so faith, if it have not works, is dead in itself. 18 Yea, a man will say, Thou hast faith, and I have works: show me thy faith apart from [thy] works, and I by my works will show thee [my] faith. 19 Thou believest that God is one; thou doest well: the demons also believe, and shudder. 20 But wilt thou know, O vain man, that faith apart from works is barren?
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In His service and grace,