Under a Fearful Delusion

I am much troubled by the rampant antinomianism and blatant disrespect for God’s moral law amongst professing Christians today.  Here a quote from J.C. Ryle that should give people pause:

Ten Commandments in front of Chiefland City Hall“Genuine sanctification will show itself in habitual respect to God’s law, and habitual effort to live in obedience to it as the rule of life.  There is no greater mistake than to suppose that a Christian has nothing to do with the law and the ten commandments, because he cannot be justified by keeping them.  The same Holy Ghost who convinces the believer of sin by the law, and leads him to Christ for justification, will always lead him to a spiritual use of the law, as a friendly guide, in the pursuit of sanctification.  Our Lord Jesus Christ never made light of the ten commandments; on the contrary, in his first public discourse, the Sermon on the Mount, he expounded them, and showed the searching nature of their requirements.  St Paul never made light of the law: on the contrary, he says, “The law is good, if a man use it lawfully.’ – ‘I delight in the law of God after the inward man’ (1 Tim. 1:8; Rom 7:22).  He that pretends to be a saint, while he sneers at the ten commandments, and things nothing of lying, hypocrisy, swindling, ill-temper, slander, drunkenness, and breach of the seventh commandment, is under a fearful delusion.  He will find is hard to prove that he is a ‘saint’ in the last day!”

~J.C. Ryle, Holiness, Chapter 2


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