12/20/12

Reminder To Believers: Get Back To The Cross and The Blood - J.C. Ryle

Beware Of A Religon Without the Cross

[09:35] "The mere knowing Christ's name will never save you. You must know His cross, and His blood, or else you will die in your sins.

"If our faith stops in Christ's life, and does not fasten upon His blood, it will not be justifying faith [John 6:53]. His miracles, which prepared the world for His doctrines; His holiness, which fitted Himself for His sufferings, had been insufficient for us without the addition of the cross." Charnock. 1684.

As long as you live, beware of a religion in which there is not much of the cross. You live in times when the warning is sadly needful. Beware, I say again, of a religion without the cross....There are hundreds of places of worship, in this day, in which there is everything almost except the cross. There is carved oak, and sculptured stone; there is stained glass, and brilliant painting; there are solemn services, and a constant round of ordinances; but the real cross of Christ is not there. Jesus crucified is not proclaimed in the pulpit. The Lamb of God is not lifted up, and salvation by faith in Him is not freely proclaimed. And hence all is wrong. Beware of such places of worship. They are not apostolic. They would not have satisfied Paul"



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Full text: The Cross of Christ - J.C. Ryle

also: 'Christ Crucified' Is Still the Only Gospel - Ryle

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'For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God'   1Cor. 1:18

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