This book remains an unequalled expression of the necessity of holiness in the life of every Christian. Although affirming justification by faith alone, Ryle stresses that "A cheap Christianity without a cross will prove in the end a useless Christianity...
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This book remains an unequalled expression of the necessity of holiness in the life of every Christian. Although affirming justification by faith alone, Ryle stresses that "A cheap Christianity without a cross will prove in the end a useless Christianity without a crown".
Let me ask everyone who may read these pages, are you holy? Listen, I pray you, to the question I put to you this day. Do you know anything of holiness? I do not ask whether you attend your church regularly, whether you have been baptized, and received the Lord's Supper, whether you have the name of Christian. I ask something more than all this: are you holy, or are you not? I do not ask whether you approve of holiness in others, whether you like to read the lives of holy people and to talk of holy things, and to have on your table holy books, whether you mean to be holy, and hope you will be holy some day. I ask something further: are you yourself holy this very day, or are you not? And why do I ask so straitly, and press the question so strongly? I do it because the Scripture says, 'Without holiness no man shall see the Lord.'
J. C. Ryle's Holiness is a lost treasure, written by one of the great Anglican priests and writers of the nineteenth century. Hendrickson reintroduces this classic text, largely unavailable today, on living a Christ-like life. Holiness is considered to be one of the most profound books on discipleship in the English language.
R C Ryle (1816-1900) was appointed as the first Bishop of Liverpool in 1880 and was the leader of the Evangelical wing of the Church of England for more than half a century. His written works have remained in demand for well over a century, being highly valued for their clear and lively style. Ryle wrote on a wide range of themes, and his teachings, both practical and spiritual, remain as fresh and relevant today as when he first wrote them down.