October 12, 2016

One Thing Needful

"Oh, it is a great thing in these days of unbelief to believe the whole Bible!
If you would ever be a healthy and scriptural Christian,
I entreat you to beware of any ministry which does not plainly
teach the reality and eternity of hell.

 Such a ministry may be soothing and pleasant,
but it is far more likely to lull you to sleep than to lead you to Christ,
or build you up in the faith.
It is impossible to leave out any portion of God's truth
without spoiling the whole.  That preaching is sadly defective
which dwells exclusively on the mercies of God and the joys of heaven,
and never sets forth the terrors of the Lord and the miseries of hell.

It may be popular, but it is not scriptural;
it may amuse and gratify, but it will not save.

Give me the preaching which keeps back nothing that God has revealed.
You may call it stern and harsh; you may tell us that to frighten people
is not the way to do them good.  But you are forgetting that the grand
object of the gospel is to persuade men to 'flee from the wrath to come',
and that it is vain to expect men to flee unless they are afraid.
Well would it be for many professing Christians
if they were more afraid about their souls than they now are!    
If you desire to be a healthy Christian, consider often what your own end will be.
Will it be happiness, or will it be misery?
Will it be the death of the righteous, or will it be death without hope...
 ...I beseech you, by the mercies of God, to look this question fairly in the face.
I entreat you not to stifle conscience by vague hopes of God's mercy,
while your heart cleaves to the world.
I implore you not to drown convictions by childish fancies about God's love,
while your daily ways and habits show plainly that 'the love of the Father is not in you'.

There is mercy in God, like a river,
but it is for the penitent believer in Christ Jesus.
There is a love in God towards sinners which is unspeakable and unsearchable, 
but it is for those who hear Christ's voice and follow Him.
Seek to have an interest in that love.
Break off every known sin; come out boldly from the world;
cry mightily to God in prayer; cast yourself wholly and unreservedly
on the Lord Jesus for time and eternity; lay aside every weight.
Cling to nothing, however dear, which interferes with your soul's salvation;
give up everything, however precious, which comes between you and heaven. 
This old shipwrecked world is fast sinking beneath your feet;
Give diligence to make your calling and election sure.
Whatever happens to your house and property, see that you make sure of heaven.
Oh, better a million times be laughed at and thought extreme in this world,
than go down to hell from the midst of the congregation,
and end like Lot's wife!"
Quoted from "Holiness" by J. C. Ryle pages 172-174

With Love, Camille


Down On The Farm said...

This should be preached from every pulpit in America. Too many Christians want a watered down gospel. That is not the gospel that saves. Thank you so much Camille for sharing this. If you don't mind, I'm going to link to this on my blog. This MUST be shared! Heaven is real, and SO IS HELL. And both are ETERNAL.

Becky L. said...

Quite a good message. Our soul longs for rest and only in Jesus is there peace, comfort and rest. I'm looking forward to heaven where there is no more sin nor grief nor discord. Thanks for sharing these words, Camille, my friend.

Chelle said...

Thank you for sharing. I truly believe this. Hope you have a wonderful day!!

Camille said...

Robbin ~ I am honoured that you would want to share this on your blog. It has been such a challenging, convicting, and encouraging thing to read "Holiness"...we are blessed to have such godly men from the past to spur us on in our walk with the Lord.
Hugs to you! :)

Becky ~ Truly, Heaven is going to be more wonderful that we can imagine. And, best of all...the Lord is there! Hugs. :)

Chelle ~ Isn't it a blessing to belong to our Great God? Hugs to you. :)

With Love,

Dianna said...

Thank you for sharing this excerpt from Holiness, Camille. Definitely food for thought for myself as a Christian. Pondering how I am living out my life that I might glorify my Saviour.

Camille said...

Dianna ~ How good it is that the Lord walks this path with us and daily gives His grace and strength for all He calls us to. How wonderful it is to belong to Him! Hugs to you. Love, Camille