If this is saving Christianity . . .
I grant freely that it costs little to be a mere outward Christian. A man has only got to attend a place of worship twice on Sunday, and to be tolerably moral during the week, and he has gone as far as thousands around him ever go in religion. All this is cheap and easy work: it entails no self-denial or self-sacrifice. If this is saving Christianity, and will take us to heaven when we die, we must alter the description of the way of life, and write, ‘Wide is the gate and broad is the way that leads to heaven!’
—J. C. Ryle, Holiness (Banner of Truth, 2014), 94—95
Jesus never said following him would be easy. Instead, he promised us a cross to bear, suffering, and a battle to the death. The path of a disciple is a hard road, and we are warned to count the cost—which will be considered in coming posts.
What It Means to Be a Christian
What I Believe