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Holiness: Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots Paperback – September 1, 1979
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About the Author
J C Ryle (1816-1900) was the first Anglican Bishop of Liverpool, England. Thoroughly Evangelical in his doctrine and uncompromising principles, Ryle was a prolific writers, vigorous preacher and faithful pastor.
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1) No table of contents
2) No page numbers
3) Missing quotations and footnotes from Ryle, as well as those persons he quotes
4) The chapter titles are only slightly distinguished from other text by slightly increased size and a grey color instead of black
5) All text is left-justified, including the chapter titles
6) The structure of the writing is not in standard paragraph form, but chopped up in a way that is not coherent (a "Note from the Publisher" may have provided some understanding)
7) A picture on the first page is not even JC Ryle (though not as important as the previous concerns, is indicative of the publisher's decisions)
I highly recommend JC Ryle's work, but not from this publisher. When searching for a different copy, search for this copy, which solves all the concerns listed above:
I wanted a copy of this book for each of the men attending my monthly Bible study. Having first read the book many years ago, I know its value. The order arrived quickly, 2 days before I needed it. The next day, the day before I was to distribute them, I opened the box.
NO PAGE NUMBERS!
NO TABLE OF CONTENTS!
NO MARKED CHAPTER DIVISIONS
MODERNIZED ENGLISH (at least in parts, e.g. "Lovest Thou Me" is now "Do You Love Me")
NO FOOTNOTES!!!! - some of the best observations in the entire book are in the footnotes
Not having enough time to get another publisher's copy, I handed them out and shared with my men my disappointment at what I had to give them.
I will never buy from "First Rate Publishers" again!
And who is the ugly picture on the very first page? I have never seen a picture of Ryle with ONLY a moustache.
Bruce D. Walker
JC Ryle is quickly becoming one of my favorite authors. Ryle's insights into Scripture and clarity of expression are remarkable, making his works not only profitable, but an easy and pleasant read, not at all tedious.
Beyond that, Ryle's compassion for his readers practically bleeds through the pages. He pleads with men to examine their condition and turn to Christ.
I'm truly grateful that JC Ryle composed this work, so that I and others like me can benefit from his wisdom well over a century later.
(Just for fun, I must say that Ryle reminds me of what a Christian Gandalf-or Dumbledore, take your pick-would probably write!)
"But the plain truth is, that men will persist in confounding two things that differ -- that is, justification and sanctification. In justification the word to address to man is believe -- only believe; in sanctification the word must be 'watch, pray, and fight.' What God has divided let us not mingle and confuse."
"For my part I am persuaded that the more light we have, the more we see our own sinfulness; the nearer we get to heaven, the more we are clothed with humility."
"Those whom the Spirit draws to Jesus are those whom the Spirit has convinced of sin. Without thorough conviction of sin, men may seem to come to Jesus and follow Him for a season, but they will soon fall away and return to the world."
"The only righteousness in which we can appear before God is the righteousness of another -- even the perfect righteousness of our Substitute and Representative, Jesus Christ the Lord. His work, and not our work, is our only title to heaven. This is a truth which we should be ready to die to maintain."
"The notion of a purgatory after death, which shall turn sinners into saints, is a lying invention of man and is nowhere taught in the Bible. We must be saints before we die if we are to be saints afterwards in glory. The favorite idea of many, that dying men need nothing except absolution and forgiveness of sins to fit them for their great change, is a profound delusion. We need the work of the Holy Spirit as well as the work of Christ; we need renewal of the heart as well as the atoning blood; we need to be sanctified as well as to be justified."
"Holiness is the habit of being of one mind with God, according as we find His mind described in Scripture. It is the habit of agreeing in God's judgment, hating what He hates, loving what He loves, and measuring everything in this world by the standard of His Word."
"The church of Rome denounces assurance in the most unmeasured terms. The Council of Trent declares roundly that a 'believer's assurance of the pardon of his sins is a vain and ungodly confidence'; and Cardinal Bellarmine, the well-known champion of Romanism, calls it 'a prime error of heretics.'...My answer to all who deny the existence of real, well-grounded assurance, is simply this: 'What says the Scripture?' If assurance be not there, I have not another word to say...I feel, for my own part, if I may take these Scriptures in their plain obvious meaning, the doctrine of assurance is true."
"Our justification is a perfect finished work and admits of no degrees. Our sanctification is imperfect and incomplete and will be so to the last hour of our life."
"Listen not for a moment to the wretched argument of the Roman Catholic, when he tells you that the Virgin Mary and the saints are more sympathizing than Christ....Oh, think twice before you cast aside the principles of the Reformation! Think twice before you give way to the prevailing tendency to favor popery and go back to Rome...Surely I have a right to say that the times require of us a renewed sense of the evils of Romanism, and of the enormous value of the Protestant Reformation!"
"'Christ is all' (Colossians 3:11)...These three words are the essence and substance of Christianity."