[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.
_________________SI Moderator - Greg Gordon
Amen to this article. Thanks!!
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.
_________________Paul Frederick West
If anyone has not read ryles book on holiness please do. :-)
Fuegodedios wrote:If anyone has not read ryles book on holiness please do. :-)