Humility And Meekness Rightly Defined

On to point 8 of J.C. Ryle’s “Warnings to the churches”:

8. ARM YOURSELVES WITH A THOROUGH KNOWLEDGE OF SCRIPTURE

“. . let me first of all ask everyone who reads this paper, to arm himself with a thorough knowledge of the written Word of God. Unless we do this we are at the mercy of any false teacher. We shall not see through the mistakes of an erring Peter. We shall not be able to imitate the faithfulness of a courageous Paul. An ignorant laity will always be the bane of a Church. A Bible-reading laity may save a Church from ruin. Let us read the Bible regularly, daily, and with fervent prayer, and become familiar with its contents. Let us receive nothing, believe nothing, follow nothing, which is not in the Bible, nor can be proved by the Bible. Let our rule of faith, our touchstone of all teaching, be the written Word of God.”

A thorough knowledge of the written word of God will make God’s people aware of the notorious anti-Christian irenicism of the Anglican heretic, J.C. Ryle.

Ryle’s point number nine:

9. KEEP JEALOUS WATCH OVER YOUR OWN HEARTS“

“. . . let me entreat all who read this paper to keep a jealous watch over their own hearts in these controversial times. There is much need of this caution. In the heat of the battle we are apt to forget our own inner man. Victory in argument is not always victory over the world or victory over the devil. Let the meekness of St. Peter in taking a reproof, be as much our example as the boldness of St. Paul in reproving. Happy is the Christian who can call the person who rebukes him faithfully, a ‘beloved brother.’ (2 Peter 3:15) Let us strive to be holy in all manner of conversation, and not least in our tempers. Let us labor to maintain an uninterrupted communion with the Father and with the Son, and to keep up constant habits of private prayer and Bible-reading. Thus we shall be armed for the battle of life, and have the sword of the Spirit well fitted to our hand when the day of temptation comes.”

A rightly defined and understood meekness and humility when arguing for, and defending the true gospel. A humble boldness and meekness that is regulated by Scripture, and not regulated by J.C. Ryle.

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