Dead Man Walking?

11 07 2012


“When a man’s heart is cold and unconcerned about religion, when his hands are never employed in doing God’s work, when his feet are not familiar with God’s ways, when his tongue is seldom or never used in prayer and praise, when his ears are deaf to the voice of Christ in the Gospel, when his eyes are blind to the beauty of the kingdom of heaven, when his mind is full of the world, and has no room for spiritual things- when these marks are to be found in a man, the right word to use about him is the word ‘Dead.’

This is the true explanation of sin not felt, and sermons not believed, and good advice not followed, and the Gospel not embraced, and the world not forsake, and the cross not taken up, and self -will not mortified, and evil habits not laid aside, and the Bible seldom read, and the knees never bent in prayer.  Why is all this on every side? The answer is simple- Men are dead.”

J.C. Ryle (1816-1900) in Alive or Dead?

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