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Sin is a disease

Sin is a disease which pervades and runs through every part of our moral constitution and every faculty of our minds. The understanding, the affections, the reasoning powers, the will, are all more or less infected.

J.C.Ryle Discourse on Holiness, 1879(?)

The sinfulness of sin

I know not what you may have been in your past life — it matters nothing. You may have broken every commandment under heaven; you may have sinned with a high hand against light and knowledge; you may have despised a father's warnings and a mother's tears; you may have run greedily into every excess of riot, and plunged into every kind of abominable behaviour— you may have turned your back entirely on God, His day, His house, His ministers, His word. I say again it matters nothing. Do you feel your sins? Are you sick of them? Are you ashamed of them? Are you weary of them? Then come to Christ just as you are, and Christ's blood shall make you clean.

J.C.Ryle "Where are your sins"
< https://www.sounddoctrine.net/Classic_Sermons/J.%20C.%20Ryle/sin-ryle.htm >

The cost of a true Christian

It will cost a man his sins. He must be willing to give up every habit and practice which is wrong in God's sight. He must set his face against it, quarrel with it, break off from it, fight with it, crucify it, and labour to keep it under, whatever the world around him may say or think. He must do this honestly and fairly. There must be no separate truce with any special sin which he loves. He must count all sins as his deadly enemies, and hate every false way. Whether little or great, whether open or secret, all his sins must be thoroughly renounced. They may struggle hard with him every day, and sometimes almost get the mastery over him. But he must never give way to them. He must keep up a perpetual war with his sins. It is written — "Cast away from you all your transgressions"' — "Break off thy sins and iniquities." — "Cease to do evil." (Ezek. 18:31; Daniel 4:27; Isa. 1:16).

For JC Ryle's works see: < https://gracegems.org/Ryle/holiness.htm >

J C Ryle (1816-1900)
Discourse on Holiness, Its Nature, Hindrances, Difficulties, and Roots, 1879
Posted: 19 Feb 2023