Sunday, January 18, 2009

We Hold & Teach

The following was written by Bishop J.C. Ryle:

"All Scripture is inspired by God and is profitable for teaching, for rebuking, for correcting, for training in righteousness,so that the man of God may be complete,equipped for every good work."
2 Timothy 3:16-17

(1) We hold and teach--that the Bible is the only rule of faith and practice; and it alone is able to make a man wise unto salvation.

(2) We hold and teach--that we are accounted righteous before God--only for the merit of our Lord Jesus Christ, by faith--and not for our own works and deservings. We maintain that in the matter of our justification, our own goodness and holiness have nothing whatever to do.

(3) We hold and teach--that good works, which follow after justification, spring necessarily out of a true and living faith. We maintain that a living faith may be as evidently discerned, by the good works which spring from it--as a tree is discerned by its fruit; and that, consequently, the man in whom no good works and holiness can be seen--is not yet a converted man.

(4) We hold and teach--that repentance, faith, holiness of heart and life, justification, conversion, union with Christ, and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit--are the primary and principal things in true religion. We maintain that other points of doctrine, however important and valuable in their due place, are by comparison, things of secondary importance.

"Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage--with great patience and careful instruction."
2 Timothy 4:2

I could not have said it any better myself.

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