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A quote from J.C. Ryle on the importance of holiness before the world

March 7, 2018

In an excellent article, Do whatever makes you holy, Michael Taylor quotes J.C. Ryle on how important a witness to the world our holiness is:

I believe that far more is done for Christ’s kingdom by the holy living of believers than we are at all aware of. There is a reality about such living which makes men feel, and obliges them to think. It carries a weight and influence with it that nothing else can give. It makes religion beautiful, and draws men to consider it, like a lighthouse seen afar off… Your life is an argument that none can escape… I believe there is far more harm done by unholy and inconsistent Christians than we are aware of. Such men are among Satan’s best allies. They pull down by their lives what ministers build with their lips. They cause the chariot wheels of the gospel to drive heavily. They supply the children of this world with a never-ending excuse for remaining as they are… Let us take heed lest the blood of souls should be required at our hands. From murder of souls by inconsistency and loose walking, good Lord, deliver us! Oh, for the sake of others, if for no other reason, let us strive to be holy!2

Please read Michael’s article…it is absolutely worth the time.

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