Wednesday, March 04, 2009

Wants of the Times

In 1879, J. C. Ryle delivered a sermon on the wants of the times. Here are the main points of his address.

1. First and foremost, the times require of us a bold and unflinching maintenance of the entire truth of Christianity, and the divine authority of the Bible.
2. In the second place, the times require at our hands distinct and decided views of Christian doctrine.
3. In the third place, the times require of us an awakened and livelier sense of the unscriptural and soul-ruining character of Romanism.
4. In the fourth place, the times require of us a higher standard of personal holiness, and an increased attention to practical religion in daily life.
5. In the fifth and last place, the times require of us more regular and steady perseverance in the old ways of getting good for our souls.

Now that we live 130 years later, what do you think are the wants of our times?

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