Sunday, June 19, 2016
Sawing Off Corners
Ministers do great spiritual harm by departing in the slightest degree from the Scriptural proportions of the gospel, or by trying to win the world by dressing the simple old Evangelical faith in new clothes.
The world is never won by trimming, and compromising, by facing both ways, and trying to please all.
The cross of Christ is never made more acceptable by sawing off its corners, or by polishing, varnishing, and adorning it.
Let us hold on our way, and be jealously sensitive of any departure from the simplicity of the gospel. Popularity obtained by pandering to the senses or the sentiment of our hearers is not worth anything. Worshipers who are not content with the Bible, the cross of Christ, simple prayers and simple praise are worshipers of little value. It is useless to try to please them because their spiritual taste is diseased.
[J. C. Ryle]
1 Corinthians 1:17 ... For Christ sent me not to baptize, but to preach the gospel: not with wisdom of words, lest the cross of Christ should be made of none effect.
Galatians 6:12 ... As many as desire to make a fair shew in the flesh, they constrain you to be circumcised; only lest they should suffer persecution for the cross of Christ.
Galatians 6:14 ... But God forbid that I should glory, save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.❤