QUOTE (J.C. Ryle) – May 10

May 11, 2014

English: John Charles Ryle (1816-1900)

“I feel constrained to speak freely to my readers on the subject of hell. . . . I believe the time is come when it is a positive duty to speak plainly about the reality and eternity of hell. A flood of false doctrine has lately broken in upon us. Men are beginning to tell us “that God is too merciful to punish souls for ever—that there is a love of God lower even than hell—and that all mankind, however wicked and ungodly some of them may be, will sooner or later be saved.”. . . We are to embrace what is called a “kinder theology.”. . . Against such false teaching I desire, for one, to protest. Painful, sorrowful, distressing as the controversy may be, we must not blink it, or refuse to look the subject in the face. I, for one, am resolved to maintain the old position, and to assert the reality and eternity of hell.”
~ J.C. Ryle

In honor of John Charles Ryle, writer and Anglican bishop, who was born on this day in 1816.

The Frank and Manly Mr. Ryle” — The Value of a Masculine Ministry
J.C. Ryle


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  1. The topic of hell and judgement are of utmost relevance to all peoples everywhere, until that great day comes and our Lord Jesus Christ returns in glory.

    Thanks for sharing, J D. I too share Levi’s fondness for this precious brother in Christ’s writings (modern readings of his work are available on sermonaudio.com and through iTunes podcasts). Blessings in Christ, Sherryn

  2. I have loved Ryle for years. Thanks!!!

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