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 This huge mass of rubbish! by J.C. Ryle


[b]This huge mass of rubbish![/b]

(J. C. Ryle, "What Do We Owe to the Reformation?")

We have neither an adequate conception of the
evils from which the Reformation freed us--nor
of the enormous good which it brought in.

In the days when the Roman Catholic Church ruled
England--he who desired to obtain forgiveness of
his sins--had to seek it through a jungle of . . .
priests,
saints,
Mary-worship,
masses,
penances,
confessions,
absolution,
and the like!

This huge mass of rubbish was shoveled
out of the way by the Reformers. They taught
that justification was by faith alone, and that
every heavy-laden sinner on earth had a right
to go straight to the Lord Jesus Christ for
remission of sins--without waiting for Pope
or priest, confession or absolution, masses or
extreme unction. From that time, the backbone
of English Popery was broken!

The Reformation found Englishmen steeped
in ignorance--and left them in possession of
knowledge. It found them blind--and left
them seeing.

It found them without Bibles--and left them
with a Bible in every parish.

It found them priest-ridden--and left them
enjoying the liberty which Christ bestows.

It found them strangers to saving faith, and
grace, and holiness--and left them with the
key to those things in their hands.

It found them slaves--and left them free.


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 2008/10/16 9:34Profile
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 Re: This huge mass of rubbish! by J.C. Ryle

Amen to this article. Thanks!!


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 2008/10/16 9:40Profile
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One thing about Ryle that always grips me is his penchant for never mincing words. His ministry is one of the most readible I know, and his denunciations against RC doctrine thunder only second to his denunciations against sin.


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Paul Frederick West

 2008/10/16 11:06Profile
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If anyone has not read ryles book on holiness please do. :-)


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 2008/10/16 13:03Profile
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Fuegodedios wrote:
If anyone has not read ryles book on holiness please do. :-)



Amen. It is very worth reading.




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