Sound doctrine is useless!
(J.C. Ryle, “Holiness, Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots” 1879)
“The doctrine which is according to godliness”
Sound doctrine is useless–if it is not accompanied by a holy life!
It is my firm impression that we need a thorough revival of Scriptural holiness.
I have had a deep conviction for many years, that practical holiness and consecration to God are not sufficiently attended to by modern Christians. Worldliness has eaten out the heart of vital piety in too many of us! The subject of personal godliness has fallen sadly into the background. The standard of Christian living has become painfully low in many quarters. The immense importance of “adorning the doctrine of God our Savior” (), and making it lovely and beautiful by our daily habits and tempers–has been far too much overlooked!
The details and particular ingredients of which holiness is composed in daily life–ought to be fully set forth and pressed on believers. True holiness does not consist merely of believing–but of doing and a practical exhibition of the active and passive graces.
our natural passions and inclinations,
our conduct at home and abroad,
our employment of time,
our behavior in business,
our demeanor in sickness and health, in riches and poverty
–all, all these are matters which are fully treated by inspired writers. They go into particulars. They specify minutely, what a holy man ought to do an be in his own family, by his own fireside, and at the work-place.
True holiness is something of “the image of Christ” which can be seen and observed by others in our private life, and habits, and character, and doings!